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Echoes of faith

Međugorje is a small Catholic Parish in Čitluk, municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina, consisting of five villages (Medjugorje, Bijakovići, Vionica, Miletina and Šurmanci), where the Blessed Virgin Mary has been reportedly appearing to six Herzegovinian Croats since 24 June 1981.


On 24 June 1981, at about 6 pm, six young parishioners from Medjugorje: Ivanka Ivanković, Mirjana Dragićević, Vicka Ivanković, Ivan Dragićević, Ivan Ivanković and Marija Pavlović, saw on the hill Crnica (on the place called Podbrdo) an apparition, a white form with a child in her arms. Surprised and scared, they did not approach.

The next day at the same time, 25 June 1981, four of them, Ivanka Ivanković, Mirjana Dragićević, Vicka Ivanković and Ivan Dragicević, felt strongly drawn towards the place where, the day before, they saw the One who they had recognised as Our Lady or in Croatian, the Gospa. Marija Pavlović and Jakov Čolo joined them. The group of Medjugorje visionaries was formed. They prayed with Our Lady and talked to Her. From that day onward, they had daily apparitions, together or separately. Milka Pavlović and Ivan Ivanković have not seen Our Lady again to date.


(Excerpts from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


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Taken on October 23, 2007