The rosary is one of the most powerful weapons we have against satan, and Our Lady promises many graces to those who pray it. Praying the rosary is not repetitiously repeating prayers over and over again.
There are now twenty "mysteries" of the rosary, which we meditate upon while reciting the prayers of the rosary. Eighteen of these mysteries are taken directly from the bible and constitute three periods of Jesus life (birth, ministry, death, and resurrection). The last two mysteries are dogmatic and are truths of our Catholic faith. There is no greater way to gain knowledge and be drawn into a deeper understanding of Jesus' life than praying the rosary, since it is scriptural. I can't say enough about the incredible graces that come as a result of praying the rosary. Our Lady asks that we pray all 20 decades every day, and asks that every family pray 5 decades of the rosary as a family together as well as reading a small passage of the bible every day.
The Roman Catholic Church in Bosnia and Herzegovina is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope and curia in Rome.
Map of Bosnia and Herzegovina
It depicts the nation's divisions into bishoprics in the Catholic Church.
Vrhbosna Archbishopric - Red
Banja Luka Bishopric - Gray
Mostar-Duvno Bishopric - Blue
Trebinje Bishopric - Light Blue
Christianity was introduced into Bosnia and Herzegovina from Salona at a very early date. Many of the dioceses which were suffragans of the Archdiocese of Salona in the 6th century must be sought within the present limits of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is especially true of the Bishopric of Bistue (Bestoeensis ecclesia) which was situated in the heart of the upper part of the present Bosnia.
The number of believers in Banja Luka and the surrounding region has changed considerably during past and more recent history. This was due to the population decline of catastrophic proportions, especially after Second World War and during the Croatian War for Independence (Homeland War) from 1992 till 1995, which was ended in tragedy and the almost total exile or exodus of the Catholic population of this region. From some parishes only fragments of the original congregation remained, mainly the elderly. Thus, in spite of a small number of returning citizens, the population still declines gradually and is threatened with extinctin.
Fr. Jozo Zovko
According to a good friend of Fr. Jozo, Olivia Kunza, who has known Fr. Jozo since her childhood in Croatia, and who now lives in Burbank, California, Fr. Jozo was interviewed this first week of October, 2011, by the Vatican commission investigating the Medjugorje apparitions. (This was verified by the Bosnian online newspaper, Otvoreno, which said that Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic became the second visionary to be questioned on that same day, October 6th–the first seer being Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez, who was interviewed in June.) Ms. Kunza, who now lives in Burbank, California, said of Fr. Jozo, “He was always the example of Jesus and who a priest should be.”
|The Croat Jožef Ratkovic lives in Austria and made something amazing. He decided to walk from Zürich to Medjugorje by foot to fulfill his solemn promise: to pray for healing of his wife because she suffers from multiple sclerosis. And so he walked in 42 days around 1,400 km. He said: “I do believe in God and I hope for his help. I also pray for peace with God and with people. For me, peace is when we reach out to another and great another. This is basic.”|
The youngest parish in Banja Luka is only 20 years old. It’s Budžak parish, established in October 13, 1983 and settled in Derviši. Only the parish house was built, and the building of the parish church was interrupted by the recent war. There is a convent for the Sisters of the Christ Precious Blood, and their chapel served for a long time as the parish liturgical space. There is a modest chapel dedicated to Our lady of Lourdes, and there is no cemetery.
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More then two decades ago something happened in Medjugorje, something that changed the lives of six young people forever.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world have witnessed a change in their life after visiting this small town in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Most of us are afraid when we think about our own death, or the death of those who are close to us. But we should remember what Virgin Mary told us in Medjugorje : “Death does not exist”! It is more like a veil that falls or like the curtain of the temple in Jerusalem that was torn in the middle and revealing what was invisible hidden there, the Holy of Holies!
|This wild national park contains one Europe’s last primeval forests, secluded waterfalls, mountain lakes and wildlife such as bear, wolf and eagles.Sutjeska National Park is a wild and majestic reminder of what ancient Europe once looked like.|
Located in the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), former Yugoslavia,
Medjugorje is nestled between two hills, Krizevac and Podbrdo. It is home to the parish of St. James which serves the villages of Medjugorje ( Međugorje ), Sivrici ( Sivrići ), Bijakovici ( Bijakovići ), Vionica, Miletina and Surmanci ( Šurmanci ). The name “Medjugorje” in Croatian means “between the mountains”. Until the early 1990s, most families survived by raising livestock, growing tobacco and cultivating grapes for wine.
Instead it is located in southern part of Bosnia Herzegovina, which used to be a former republic of Yugoslavia. Medjugorje is not located in Yugoslavia nor Croatia, such even today some people still think. Bosnia and Herzegovina is located in Southern Europe and it's capital city is Sarajevo. Bosnia and Herzegovina is surrounded by Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. Medjugorje is located between the city (20 km) of Mostar and coastside of Adriatic sea (part across the Peljesac Peninsula). It's in relative close location to Croatian coastal cities of Dubrovnik and Split.
Medjugorje is a small town in south Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located on Bakan peninsula, in the southeastern Europe.
Bosnia and Herzegovina borders with Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. It has an area of 51,129 square kilometers, and is almost landlocked except for the 26 kilometers of the Adriatic Sea coastline, around the country’s town Neum.
Official languages in Bosnia and Herzegovina are Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian. The country’s capital is Sarajevo.
The parish was founded in late 1892 and is dedicated to St. James the Apostle, protector of pilgrims.
Medjugorje currently inhabits about 4300 residents.
I have tried with this FAQ to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about Medjugorje. The answers are made to be short, simple and to the point. I did not want to make this page too lengthy. I hope that you find it useful. Please also realize that this page is not meant to be a catechesis on the Catholic faith. There is lots of information available which explains our rich Catholic Faith. Rather, these questions focus more directly on Medjugorje. Please also refer to our page "About Medjugorje".