Father Jozo Zovko, in an interview with Fr. Svetozar on August 11, 1983, spoke about the eighth day and what was, for him, the first sign from God which led him to believe in the apparitions. Jozo: “I was in anguish because of all the events. It was at this time that something began to happen in me which led me to become more than just a listener to the children's reports. People from the government service were brought in to put a stop to the events.
The Franciscan parish of St. James, in the village of Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, became known in Herzegovina and the world because of six young people who claim to have seen visions of Our Lady. One of the nearby hills, called Crnica, has another hill attached to it, called Podbrdo (“sub” or “under hill”), and the village of Bijakovici is at the base of this hill. Podbrdo is the locale of the apparitions that are alleged to have started on June 24, 1981. Another hill, on the other side of Crnica, was called Sipovac until 1933, when the parishioners built a large cross on it to mark and honor 1,900 years since the death of the Lord. The name of the hill was then changed to Krizevac (“cross mountain”).
December 30: Our Lady's Apparition Tonight, Our Lady’s apparition to Ivan
December 30, 2011 A.D.
On a very cold evening tonight, December 30, 2011, thousands gathered on top of Apparition Mountain for Our Lady’s apparition to Ivan. The following translation of the message is an initial translation from the Italian to English, and is the substance of the message. This is not an accurate translation. A more accurate translation will be made available later:
The third day was a very hot day and the children had decided to visit Podbrodo, to the exact spot where Our Lady had appeared. Again they saw a brilliant white light which illuminated the whole area , even some of the locals saw three bright lights which preceeded Our Lady suddenly the children cried out "there she is". When the children reached the place where Our Lady was which was considerable further up the hill than the previous days, Ivan and Jakov led the way on this day, the girls were having some trouble with the sharp stones which cover the hillside.
The next day Thursday 25th of June, The seers had gone to work as normal in the tobacco fields. They decided after work to take a walk in the direction of Mount Podbrodo, and if they saw the same apparition, all well and good. If they did not, they would not talk about it. People were starting to laugh at them and their suggestion of visions.
It was On June 24th 1981, On the feast of St John the Baptist, that a small village called Medjugorje, (pronounced Med-yu-gor-iay) hidden in the mountains of Bosnia, Herzegovina was awoken from a simple rural village to one which would ultimately receive world attention.