The Virgin of MedjugorjeOn the afternoon of June 24, 1981, fifteen-year-old Ivanka Ivankovic and her one year older friend Mirjana Dragicevic saw what they claim to be an apparition of Mary. Marija and Milka Pavlovic, Vicka Ivankovic, Jakov Colo, Ivan Dragicevic and Ivan Ivankovic soon joined them. Some of these visionaries receive regular apparitions and messages to this day. The church has not made a final statement regarding their authenticity. The continuous flow of pilgrims from all over the world however, attest to the statement by Archbishop Franic of Bosnia: “The happenings in Medjugorje have done more for the world’s faith than all the pastoral work of the last fifty years.”

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