Near the town of Citluk it’s situated one of the most known sanctuary in the world-Medugorje. The parish of Međugorje is composed by the villages Medugorje, Bijakovici, Vionica, Miletina and Sumarci and it was established in 1892.
Medugorje owns its popularity to the appereance of the Virgin Mary, who started to appear to a local group of kids the 24 June 1981. The kids were scared at first and run away, but the curiosity of the kids was stronger than the fear and the next day, on the same hour, they went to the place of the appereance where the Virgin show herself again and invited them to pray with her. That day, the 25 June, is celebrated as an anniversary of the Peace Quenn as the Virgin Mary introduced herself to the kids that day. The appereances were frequent in the beginning, and with every new appereance, as the witnesses said, she brought messages of peace, love and faith. For their testifing the witnesses and their families and relatives, along with few local priests, were prosecuted. The kids were brought in the police station on hearings and submitted on psicological exams, but it was found that they were perfectly healthy and that there were no evidence that they had lied about what happened in Medugorje. As time passed by the appereances were decreasing, the kids had grown up, but to some of them the Virgin Mary apperas even today from time to time.
Medugorje is visited by milion of pilgrims every year who come here from all around the world to find their inner peace, the consolation and the strenght to cope with their daily problems trought praying and fasting.
The most significant places of praying in Medugorje are Krizevac hill, the appearance hill (Podbrdo) and the curch of St.Jacob apostle-the guardian of the pilgrims.
Althoug the Vatican has not recognized this place as a sanctuary because of some controversy related with to the autenticity of the appereances, some strange facts are still happening and some of the witnesses still have appereances of Virgin Mary.
Beside Lourdes and Fatima, Medugorje is one of the most known sanctuary in the World in which many pilgrims had found their lost faith, peace, humility and bound with God.