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Međugorje
Shrine of Međugorje
Međugorje is located in Bosnia
Međugorje
Location of Međugorje within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Coordinates: 43°11′41″N 17°40′48″E / 43.19472°N 17.68°E / 43.19472; 17.68
Country  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Entity Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Canton Herzegovina-Neretva
Municipality Čitluk
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Međugorje (Croatian pronunciation: [ˈmɛdʑuɡɔːrjɛ]) is a town located in western Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Herzegovina region around 25 km southwest of Mostar and close to the border of Croatia. Today the town is best known due to claims of apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to six Croats since 24 June 1981[1], and is now visited by thousands of pilgrims from around the world as a Marian shrine. The shrine is not officially recognised by the Catholic Church, making it one of the world's largest illicit Catholic shrines.[2]

The name Međugorje literally means an area "between mountains". At an altitude of 200 metres above sea level it has a mild Mediterranean climate. The town consists of an ethnically-homogeneous Croat population of over 4000. The Roman Catholic parish (local administrative and religious area) consists of five neighbouring villages, Međugorje, Bijakovići, Vionica, Miletina and Šurmanci.

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Our Lady of Međugorje

"Our Lady of Međugorje" is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary by those who believe that she has been appearing since 24 June 1981 to six Herzegovinian Croat children in Međugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina (at the time in Yugoslavia).[3]

Međugorje has become one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Catholics[4] (and people of other faiths) in the world, with thousands visiting each year. It has been estimated that 30 million pilgrims have come to Međugorje since the reputed apparitions began in 1981.[5] Many have reported phenomena including the sun spinning in the sky or changing colors and figures such as hearts and crosses around the sun.[citation needed]

The messages reputed to Our Lady of Međugorje have a very strong following among Catholics worldwide. On June 4, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI publicly blessed a statue of Our Lady of Međugorje in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City.[6]

On Wednesday, March 17, 2010, it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI had formed an investigative commission (composed of cardinals, bishops, and other experts) under the leadership of Camillo Cardinal Ruini, the Pope's former Vicar General for the Diocese of Rome; it will be dependent on the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith headed by William Cardinal Levada.

See also

References

  1. ^ Medjugorje.org – Overview of Medjugorje
  2. ^ Pope finally launches crackdown on world's largest illicit Catholic shrine and suspends 'dubious' priest. (Sep 3, 2008). Caldwell, Simon. Mail Online. Retrieved Feb 28, 2010.
  3. ^ A short history of Our Lady's apparitions in Medjugorje
  4. ^ Australian dies in Bosnia bus crash. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved Feb 28, 2010.
  5. ^ Vatican Probes Claims of Apparitions at Medugorje Reuters. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  6. ^ Le apparizioni di Medjugorje e la Santa Sede: la Gospa nel Vaticano

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Međugorje is a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Međugorje, (the name is of Slavic origin, and signifies a region between mountains) with the villages of Bijakovići, Vionica, Miletina and Šurmanci, forms a Roman-Catholic parish where today about 5000 inhabitants live. The pastoral care of the parish is confided to the priests of the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province of the Assumption of Mary. Thanks to Our Lady’s apparitions, Međugorje became a place of gathering for a multitude of pilgrims from the whole world (in the first 20 years, more then 20 million), and one of the biggest prayer centres in the world, comparable to Lourdes and Fatima.

Get in

Međugorje is 25 km southwest of Mostar. You can get there by yellow public bus no. 48 (it does not take off from the main bus station but the northern one) and costs KM 3.50 one way. It runs about every 45 minutes to an hour.

For foreign travelers, the easiest way to get into Medugorje is to fly into Split, Croatia (airport code SPU). Take the Croatia Airlines bus from the airport to Split bus terminal (cost is 30 Kuna). The Croatia Airlines leaves the airport about 45 min after the arrival of each Croatia Airlines flight. The bus drops you off right next to the city bus and ferry terminal where you can connect to another bus to Medugorje.

The bus from Split to Medugorje departs daily at 6am, 1055am, and 520pm. The journey takes about 3.5 hours. The return bus leaves Medugorje daily at 717am, 1142am, and 530pm. Cost is 85 Kuna or 10 Euro, payable onboard the bus or you can pre-buy tickets at the terminal. Luggage cost is an extra 1 Euro per piece. Visit AK Split website for latest schedules: http://www.ak-split.hr/EN/index.html

Alternatively, fly into Dubrovnik, Croatia (airport code DBV). There's a daily bus from Dubrovnik to Medugorje. Bus schedule: http://www.libertasdubrovnik.com/polazak.html

Get around

Međugorje is not a large town, and it is possible to walk. Taxis are available for hire if necessary.

  • St. Jacob's Church
  • Apparition Hill
  • White Cross Hill

Sleep

It is rumored that there are as many accommodation beds located in the town of Međugorje as there are in the entire country of Bosnia and Hercegovina, therefore it should be almost impossible to not find accommodation!!

Unfortunately during the Youth Festival it's almost impossible to find accommodation unless you do a reservation up front.

  • Hotel Annnamaria, 500 m from St Jacob's Church in the center of Međugorje is one of a few hotels in town and offers very good full board service for 25-30 euros.
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