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Special Edition
March 14, 2020 A.D.


On March 11, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump declared a ban on travel from Europe. We published a Press Release immediately after, to give whatever information we had available to us. Just hours before, a Caritas Medjugorje Pilgrimage group departed for Medjugorje.



Pilgrims at Mirjana's March 18, 2019, apparition in Medjugorje

(Medjugorje photo taken March 18, 2019) - Just a small section of thousands of pilgrims who were present for Mirjana’s annual March 18, 2019, apparition in Medjugorje. How the world has changed in just one year. A Friend of Medjugorje says that we will see many more changes happening in our world as part of Our Lady’s plan.



It was late on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The President declared a ban on travel from Europe. With most of the Caritas pilgrims still in the air when the declaration was made, a Friend of Medjugorje had the BVM Caritas Pilgrimage department immediately mobilize to be in contact with airlines, and to be on-hand for any family members of the pilgrims who might call with concerns. The Caritas group leader and two other pilgrims had already arrived in Medjugorje on March 10.



A Friend of Medjugorje told us not to change anyone’s tickets right away, but to just let each person know the situation and decide for themselves. The process, which a Friend of Medjugorje developed in the early years of BVM Pilgrimages to prepare each pilgrim for Medjugorje, has always resulted in a deeply spiritual pilgrimage. BVM Caritas Medjugorje pilgrimages are not sightseeing tours, and we make that known very early on when speaking to people about going to Medjugorje. This spirit has resulted in thousands having an deeply spiritual encounter with Our Lady.



As the situation on March 11 was beginning to develop, the first pilgrim to arrive after the President’s declaration was made would have been at 1:00 AM Caritas time. We spoke to this pilgrim around 2 AM our time. We explained the situation and asked her what she was going to do. She told us that she was going to continue with her pilgrimage. She then asked us if our group would continue. A Friend of Medjugorje had instructed us that if only one pilgrim continued, then the pilgrimage would go forward. We let her know this and she was resolute.



We spoke to another member of the Caritas Medjugorje pilgrimage group at 2:00 am our time, to find out what was being said at the Frankfurt, Germany airport. The pilgrim told us that there was not much being said, but that it was somewhat chaotic in the airport. We told him to read our press release on the site and read the proclamation from the President concerning U.S. citizens with U.S. passports. The pilgrim said that he would, but he was not sure what to do regarding returning to the USA immediately. He told us to call him in an hour, and he would be ready with a decision.



When we spoke to this pilgrim again at 3:00 AM Caritas Time, and he had found many of the other Caritas pilgrims. We asked them to state their names and their decision as to whether they would return immediately to the U.S. or travel onto Medjugorje. First the man who we had been speaking with said his name and then said, “I am going!”  He passed his phone to the next pilgrim. The next pilgrim stated their name and said, “I am going to Medjugorje.” The next, “I am going... I am going... I am going... etc.”  One by one they each stated their names and their intention to go ahead with their Medjugorje pilgrimage. The pilgrims were each filled with such joy. Many of the pilgrims told us that they believed Our Lady had them covered and they felt Her presence with them. The pilgrims were laughing and cheering in the background as each person stated their intention to stick it out. Back in Alabama, we were all very emotional hearing them and witnessing their trust in Our Lady.



We had explained to the pilgrims that the situation is unfolding, and we could not promise that they would not be quarantined as they came back to the USA. They were each resolute in their decision and are on pilgrimage in Medjugorje today.



The pilgrim who we had spoke with earlier, and who had gathered the group together relayed to us that prior to his pilgrimage he prayed and picked a message at random1. Following is the message which he picked and which the whole group has now taken as their own message during their time on pilgrimage:



May 24, 1984

“Dear children, I have told you already that I have chosen you in a special way, just the way you are. I, the Mother, love you all. And in any moment that is difficult for you, do not be afraid! Because I love you even when you are far from my Son and me. Please, do not let my heart weep with tears of blood because of the souls who are being lost in sin. Therefore, dear children, pray, pray, pray! Thank you for having responded to my call.”



We ask that each of you adopt this Caritas pilgrimage group in your daily prayers, both for them and for their families back home. A Friend of Medjugorje intends to continue our Medjugorje pilgrimages as normal, so long as it is physically possible. In his own words he said, “Our Lady’s plans do not stop because of a virus or for any reason whatsoever. Her plans in Medjugorje continue until She brings everything to fulfillment.”

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Footnotes:

1. Picking a random message. This was something which a Friend of Medjugorje began to do in the early years of Caritas and has inspired tens of thousands across the world to do the same. Read here for more information about picking a message of Our Lady at random.


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