The following was originally published on June 23, 2011. On occasion, Pope John Paul II expressed his wish to go to Medjugorje.  Medjugorje visionary, Mirjana, actually was given a pair of his shoes to keep in Medjugorje, since he was not able to go himself.  But, he did finally make it to Medjugorje on June 22, 2011.

Marija’s apparition yesterday, June 22, 2011, was a double joy. So much so that though Our Lady has been tranquil in every apparition this summer to Marija, in Wednesday’s apparition Our Lady was in a beautiful joy. Prayer for the apparition was double this time. Normally beginning at 6:00 p.m., the prayer instead began at 5:00 p.m. A large Caritas group of pilgrims and community members arrived early to begin the Rosaries, joined by others about an hour later. All this while another joy was taking place in Marija and her husband’s private chapel. A first class relic was brought to the chapel at 4:30 p.m. to be venerated. The reverence and the attention paid to the relic of Blessed John Paul II was inspiring. While some prayed inside the chapel, prayer in preparation for the apparition at 6:40 p.m. continued outside the chapel where an altar was erected in which Msgr. Jerek Cielecki of the parish of John Paul II in Poland processed out to to place the reliquary before a statue of Our Lady. Some of the youth of the Community of Caritas preceded Msgr. Cielecki with flowers and candles, along with several nuns and priests.

For those fortunate to pray inside the chapel, John Paul II’s relic afforded a detectable penetrating peace. It was a joy for all of us when the relic was placed with deep reverence upon the altar. When the time came for Our Lady to appear, the prayer, the sacrifice of those who had waited so long in the sun outside the chapel, all added to a great grace and joy for the heart. So after the apparition, when Marija described Our Lady not in Her normal tranquil disposition, but joyful, it was joy for all gathered who understood the significance of being a part of Our Lady’s joy. The reliquary remained in the chapel for veneration throughout the night, a blessed double joy opportunity to have John Paul II’s reliquary present when Our Lady came. Click visit here for information about Ivan’s apparition of John Paul II.

We are praying for you from the Holy Lands where Our Lady walks with us every day.

With Love,
A Friend of Medjugorje


Marija’s Chapel of the Two Hearts was overflowing with pilgrims as they prepared for the apparition of Our Lady last night, June 22. The Caritas group, including nearly 80 pilgrims, along with some of the Community of Caritas began the Rosary around 5:00 P.M. Many more pilgrims soon came and Our Lady came a little after 6:45 P.M. The apparition lasted 3 and half minutes. Marija said Our Lady prayed over us all and blessed us and was joyful!

Italian journalist with Msgr. Cielecki

Msgr. Jarek Cielecki, converses with a prominent Italian journalist Paolo Brosio shortly before the apparition last night. Msgr. Cielecki, served at the parish of Pope John Paul II in Poland before coming to the Vatican 12 years ago.

reliquary of Pope John Paul on Display

A reliquary bearing a first-class relic of Blessed John Paul II, brought to Marija’s Chapel of the Two Hearts by Msgr. Cielecki. Bl. John Paul’s relic was venerated during the Rosary in preparation for Our Lady’s apparition.

John Paul II Relic Procession

Caritas Community members processing with the relic of Bl. John Paul II from inside Marija’s Chapel of the Two Hearts to the outer courtyard where hundreds of pilgrims were gathered.

John Paul II Relic Procession

Procession of the relic of John Paul II

Here above, the Caritas Community processes along with Msgr. Cielecki outside Marija's Chapel where hundreds are waiting in anticipation for Our Lady... and Her Pope.

Blessing with the relic of John Paul II

Monsignor Jerek Cielecki, blessing the pilgrims with the relic of Blessed John Paul II outside the Chapel of the Two Hearts, June 22, 2011.

Marija in ecstasy, June 22, 2011

Marija staring at Our Lady while Our Lady prays over us. What is it like to see Our Lady in joy? It would affect you the way it affects Marija who afterwards was in joy. Msgr. Cielecki is seen to the right of Marija in this picture. The monsignor told the Caritas Community that he has been to Medjugorje many times and that he loves coming here.

Pilgrims kissing the relic of Pope John Paul II

The pilgrims were graced with the opportunity to kiss the relic of Blessed John Paul II. Here a priest from Italy holds out the relic to a fortunate pilgrim while hundreds stand in line for their opportunity to kiss John Paul’s relic.

Pilgrims kissing the relic of Pope John Paul II

A close-up view of the relic of Blessed John Paul II. The reliquary contains hair from the late John Paul II, who was beatified on May 1, in St. Peter’s Square by Pope Benedict XVI. A Friend of Medjugorje, his wife along with Marija and her husband were present for the beatification ceremony on May 1.

Pope John Paul is often quoted as saying that he wished to come to Medjugorje. Monsignor Jerek Cielecki, who brought the relic to Medjugorje told the Caritas Community, “Yes, John Paul loved Medjugorje!”

Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up… and said to them, “…have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.” Acts 5:34-39