The 26th International Youth Prayer Festival Report
Medjugorje, July 31 – August 6, 2015
“Peace be with you!” Jn 20,21
On Friday, July 31, the 26th Youth Festival began with the evening Holy Mass with the theme “Peace be with you”. Great numbers of the youth from all over the world attended. The International Choir and Orchestra was there, as well as volunteers of the Franciscan Youth, interpreters, technical team, radio station Mir Medjugorje broadcasted the event. The Information Office registered groups from 27 countries: Poland, Italy, Germany, Austria, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Honduras, Peru, China, Spain, Argentina, Lebanon, Korea, Brazil, Ukraine, Malta, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania and Portugal.
In presenting the Nations groups participated from 66 countries participated, more are expected in the next few days.
The hl. Mass concelebrated By Provincial Fr. Miljenko Steko and Father Lovric. In addition 330 priests concelebrated at the Holy Mass.
The Festival Orchestra and Choir are from about 24 countries to accompany their songs with the Festival.
About 130,000 Internet users were connected:
German 40,120, Croatian19,600, Korean 4,200, Russian 21,200, Slovak 18.150, Chinese (Mandarin) 2,600, Chinese (Cantonese) 1,800, English 11,800, Italian 4650, French 2,200, Spanish 3,250.
Fr. Stanko Cosic , parochial vicar of the parish of Medjugorje, and Fr. Marinko Sakota , parish priest of Medjugorje, lead us with great sensitivity by the program. Very moving and brought to the point were preaching and candle meditation to conclude the evening.
505 priests concelebrated.
About 163,500 Internet users were connected to us:
German 48,900, 21,250 Croatian, Korean 4,600, 39,400 Russian, Slovak 19.200, Chinese (Mandarin) 2,100, Chinese (Cantonese) 1,950, 13,800 English, Italian 4250, 2,100 French, 3,050 Spanish, 2,900 Polish
Morning Prayer -
Kate from Ireland has spent a year in this community and tells about her experience
Christian Stelzer of Austria has come to know Mary's Meals in Medjugorje
Zeljka Markić -
Father Sito Coric -
Fr. Stanko Cosic , parochial vicar in Medjugorje, held the Candle sermon meditation with prayer around the cross -
The programme of the 26th Youth Festival in Medjugorje continued on Sunday, August 2, 2015. Morning was reserved for the Holy Masses in different languages, and the programme continued at 4 p.m. with the prayer and testimonies. The visionary Marija Pavlović Lunetti spoke first and then Leticia Blanco Gordon from Peru gave a testimony on how the community "Apostles of Mary, the Queen of Peace“ in Peru was established. It was the community that is fruit of Medjugorje. Along with Letitia, the other members of the community came to thank God and the Queen of Peace for 15 years of their work. She said they were blessed to have 7 nuns from enclosed order who asked for a special permission from their bishop to come here. Gottfried Prenner, lay theologian from Austria spoke in the second part of the programme. He experienced his conversion in 1984, during the apparition of Our Lady. For the last 13 years he works as a missionary in Eastern Europe, Germany, Kosovo, Palestine, Brazil, Ruanda and many other counties. During the time when he preaches and gives lectures he speaks about apparitions in Medjugore and is forming prayer groups. The Holy Mass at 7 p.m. was again the central part of the programme, with Fr. Filip Pavlovic as the main celebrant. He was ordained last year, comes from Bijakovici, Medjugorje parish and is serving in Zapresic, Croatia at the moment. The homily was given by Fr. Ivan Filipović, former member of Cenacolo community, while 407 priests concelebrated. At the end of Holy Mass, the procession of young representatives of each country was held outside the White Dome in the shape of a heart. After the Statue of Our Lady was brought back at the altar, the Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament followed
407 priests celebrated Mass. Procession with the statue of Our Lady and we were consecrated to the Mother of God. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
This Sunday there was 178,000 viewers watching via the live stream.
Fr. Marinko , parish priest of Medjugorje, brought the 10 commandments of the serenity of St. Pope John XXIII.:
Father Marinko began with morning prayer.
Father Damir Pavic spoke about our dependencies on mobile, media etc.
Sana Nassar came from Lebanon in 1986 as a teenager to Medjugorje. Ten years later, she founded the association " Friends of the Queen of Peace" whereby all of Lebanon and the Arab world from Medjugorje experiences. She also talked about their experiences and about Medjugorje in Lebanon .
Visionary Ivan Dragicevic spoke.
Giorgio and Marta Scarpioni from Italy, talked about their lives amoungst the poorest children in Uganda. They also supervise some humanitarian projects, not least, they devote themselves to mentally handicapped children.
Giancula Anselmi and Anna Benedetti are parents of a disabled child, living in Verona. Both are professional musicians. The Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr. Damir Pavic. Adoration of the Blessed sacrament followed.
The Holy Mass concelebrated by 540 priests and 170,000 users watched via Internet with Medjugorje.
Morning Prayer by Father Stanko.
Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic held the catechesis on prayer.
Silvia Costa, 23 years old girl from Sicily in Italy, gave her testimony about her love for Medjugorje and Croatia. She spoke in Croatian, as she is a student of school for interpreters. That love comes from her love for Gospa here in Medjugorje.
Father Marin Koracic is a newly ordained priest in the Herzegovinian Franciscan province. At the festival, he talks about himself, about situations in his life and he says a priest is a man of the people for the people. He then testified his faith with songs.
Testimonies of the Community Cenacolo : Don Massimo -
Beatrice from Brazil was adopted atfive years -
Simon from Bosnia and his life in the community.
Ivana was born in the war years; took drugs.
Holy Mass -
Then Cenacolo staged their play Credo.
Theme of the day: Forgiveness is the path to peace -
morning prayer by Fr. Marinko Sakota
"Be merciful, as your Father also is" Father Marinko Sakota , parish priest of Medjugorje, holds a catechesis on peace, inner wounds , forgiveness and pardon.
Terezija Gaziova from Slovakia is a translator for the Soviet bloc countries in the parish of Medjugorje and co-
508 priests participated in concelebration.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Then we had the Mission "go forth and proclaim the Gospel"
Final part was the farewell with songs.