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What is Medjugorge?
Medjugorje – A Mission for Peace
Between June 24 and June 26, 1981, first two, then six children (now adults) from the Bosnian village of
Medjugorje, not far from the city of Mostar, reported seeing a bright light, then a vision of the Virgin
Mary. These six young people were: Ivanka Ivankovich (15 years), Mirjana Dragicevic (16), Vicka
Ivankovic (16), Ivan Dragivecic (16), Marija Pavlovic (16) and Jakov Colo (10). The apparitions were
repeated and soon prompted a strong response from the then-Marxist state: the six were subjected to
intense questioning by doctors and psychologists. The results of these analyses were negative. The
doctors found no evidence of any kind of hoax. The boys and girls were not ill. They were not lying. They
were of average intelligence from normal farming families, "no better or worse than others their age."
They showed no signs of any psychological disorders.
Identifying herself as the Queen of Peace, she came on a mission of Peace with a message for the world.
“I have come to tell the world that God exists. He is the fullness of life, and to enjoy this fullness and
peace, you must return to God”.
In the initial phase, the Bishop of Mostar, Monsignor Pavao Zanic, was sympathetic to the young
visionaries. On July 25, 1981, he made a statement to the press to the effect that: "No one has forced them
or influenced them in any manner. These are six normal children; they are not lying; they express
themselves from the depth of their hearts. Are we dealing here with a personal vision or a supernatural
occurrence? It is hard to say. However, it is certain that they are not lying."
However, for reasons still not entirely clear, Bishop Zanic almost immediately changed his attitude,
becoming the main critic and opponent of the Medjugorje apparitions. Nonetheless, the six continued to
experience apparitions. Even today, four of the "Medjugorje seers" continue to experience daily
apparitions of the Madonna though they do not live in Medjugorje any longer. Only Vicka, the most
beloved by the pilgrims, has never left the "hill of the apparitions," not even in the months when war
raged in the region. For Marjana, who studied in the USA, and is married (to an Italian) with children, the
visions have almost entirely ceased. Ivanka sees the Virgin infrequently. Ivan married an American who
converted while on pilgrimage to Medjugorje.
Since then, Our Lady has been appearing and giving messages to the world through these six visionaries,
Marija, Vicka, Ivan, Mirjana, Jakov, and Ivanka. She has told them that God has sent Her to our world and
that these years She is spending with us, are a time of Grace granted by God. She has come to guide us to
Her Son, Jesus, and invites us to convert our lives back to God and to urgently pray for Peace with all our
hearts. “Peace, peace, peace, and only peace. Peace must reign between man and God, and between all
people!” She leads us by walking with us and guiding us step by step, message by message.
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