Since 24th June 1981 some truly astonishing happenings have been claimed to be taking place in Medjugorje, a village in a mountainous region of Bosnia-Hercegovina, just south-west of Mostar. It is claimed that the mother of Jesus, traditionally known in the Catholic Church as Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary, has been appearing to six ‘visionaries’ and giving ‘messages’ to the world. Svetište Kraljice Mira, www.medjugorje.hr, the official website publishing information on Medjugorje, details the following information on the phenomenon:
On June 24, 1981, at about 6pm, six young parishioners from Medjugorje: Ivanka Ivankovic, Mirjana Dragicevic, Vicka Ivankovic, Ivan Dragicevic, Ivan Ivankovic and Milka Pavlovic, saw on the hill Crnica (on the place called Podbrdo) an apparition, a white form with a child in her arms. Surprised and scared, they did not approach. The next day at the same time, June 25, 1981, four of them, Ivanka Ivankovic, Mirjana Dragicevic, Vicka Ivankovic and Ivan Dragicevic, felt strongly drawn towards the place where, the day before, they saw the One who they had recognised as Our Lady. Marija Pavlovic and Jakov Colo joined them. The group of Medjugorje visionaries was formed. They prayed with Our Lady and talked to Her. From that day onward, they had daily apparitions, together or separately. Milka Pavlovic and Ivan Ivankovic have never seen Our Lady any more.