Sicilians flocked for Marija’s visit
By Jakob Marschner on Apr 21, 2012
90 buses were set in from all over Sicily, and other attendees came from all parts of Italy when Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti had a public apparition on Palermo’s football stadium on Saturday, April 21. More than 30,000 heard Marija tell them to rally around the Church.
Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti in Palermo, Italy, on April 21.
At least 30,000 people filled the seats, 450 volunteers took charge of the practical affairs, 70 priests concelebrated Mass, and 100 extraordinary Eucharistic ministers helped distribute Communion during Mass when Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti visited Palermo, Sicily, on Saturday.
Marija at Berbera Stadium, Palermo, April 21. Photo: Petyx
Initially planned to take place at the city’s velodrome, the public interest soon turned out to far exceed its capacity which led to the change of venue, the Italian news agency ANSA reports.
“Rally around the Church” Marija told the crowd who welcomed her back to Sicily for the first time in 11 years by waving white handkerchiefs, the regional newspaper Giornale di Sicilia writes.
The gates opened at 2 pm, but many had been waiting in line since early morning, among them 45 years old Anna Romeo, the national newspaper L’Unita informs.
Part of the crowd in Palermo
“I have been to Lourdes many times, driven by personal needs related to illness of a relative of mine. I felt like a call when I heard that there was a seer in Palermo. I could not miss it” she tells L’Unita.
Marija’s three-day visit to Sicily ends on Sunday when the visionary guests the Eucharistic Festival of Life in Trapani. All 4,000 seats are sold out, and still more people are expected, the online media Marsala Viva reports.
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