by Jakob Marschner
Organizers estimate that visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic
met a quarter of the Christian population during her one-week stay in
Israel and Palestine. Devotion to prayer was revived and will continue,
priest says. Mary assured attendees that she and Jesus never left The
Medjugorje visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic was seen and heard by
25 percent of the Christian population during her August 19-26 stay in
The Holy Land, organizers of the first international Maranatha
pilgrimage are estimating.
“I am completely satisfied with the response. Having Vicka with us
here fulfills my dream. Today, Medjugorje is present in every Christian
family and community in The Holy Land. People are asking questions about
how to connect to the Maranatha Movement for the healing of humanity. I
do not have words to describe my feelings” Maranatha world coordinator
Sabrina Covic-Radojicic tells the Croatian daily Vecernji List.
Vicka returned to Medjugorje on Monday, also very much pleased with the events of the week.
“I am overjoyed. I have been in the Holy Land before, but I never
could bring Our Lady’s message. I do not know why I could not, only God
knows. Obviously it was time for people to hear. But, behold, the time
has come. People have heard and will hear the message. But this should
not stop here, prayer for the healing of people should continue. More
than ever, humanity needs prayer” Vicka tells the Croatian paper.
And devotion to prayer will continue, says Fr. Nadeem Shakouri, the
pastor of Maelia where Vicka’s apparition was attended by about 13,000
people on August 21.
“I am delighted. Only the Lord could muster this crowd. I thank Him
for the gift of Vicka’s arrival. It gives us hope that peace is possible
in these regions. He asks us to continue to pray not only during
Vicka’s stay in the Holy Land, but also after her departure. Pray for
all the sick hearts awaiting recovery, and for all who witnessed these
precious days and who will themselves become carriers of the messages”
Fr. Shakouri tells Vecernji List.
The priest was further uplifted by the message the Virgin Mary passed on from the apparition in Maelia.
“Our Lady’s message today encourages us because she told the faithful
of the Holy Land that she has been with us all the time with her Son,
and that they never left. We believers from Galilee will never forget
these days. In her honor we bless the statue which we brought from
Medjugorje one month ago, that we will be constantly reminded of this
day” says Fr. Shakouri.
On August 24, Fouad Boutros Ibrahim Twal, the Latin Patriarch of
Jerusalem, ”expressed his fraternal hospitality” and thanked for the
devotion to recollection and prayer, and for the joy offered to all who
met Vicka whom he welcomed to The Holy Land, Vecernji List further
Both he and Elias Shakouri, the Bishop of the Melkite Catholic
Church, were invited by Maranatha organizers to participate in the
international Youth Festival in Medjugorje next year, Maranatha world
coordinator Sabrina Covic-Radojicic informs.