by Jakob Marschner
Central America now has its own version of the Youth Festival
in Medjugorje, and Danli, Honduras has a precise replica of the Cross
on top of Cross Mountain. On February 7, the openings of both were
witnessed by the local Cardinal as well as by Medjugorje visionary Ivan
Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras and Medjugorje
visionary Ivan Dragicevic were both among the speakers when about 4,000
young Catholics from 12 countries opened the first annual Youth Festival
in Danli, Honduras, that took place on February 7-9.
After the festival was officially opened, the participants attended
the solemn inauguration of an exact replica of the Cross from Cross
Mountain in Medjugorje which has been built on a mountain outside of
Danli, the local newspaper El Heraldo reports.
The only difference from the Cross in Medjugorje is the size: 20
meters tall, the Honduran replica is more than twice as tall as the
From Medjugorje, parish vicar Fr. Danko Perutina also participated in
opening the Youth Festival which he oversees in Medjugorje and has been
instrumental in taking to Honduras.
Cardinal Maradiaga has been considered what the Italians call “papabile”, a possible future Pope, for a number of years.
The Catholic Church in Honduras has actively supported the
construction of the Cross replica. Like in Medjugorje, the prayer
devotion of the Stations of the Cross is facilitated during the climb to
Further financial aid for the construction of the Cross has come from
the Universite of the Queen of Peace in Danli, named from the title the
Virgin Mary is using for her apparitions in Medjugorje.
Source of this article http://www.medjugorjetoday.tv/