in the year 2005 (October - December)
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Graz - Austria. November 5
Gaby Landauro completed 50 years on the 31st.
of October. Fr. Florian and the people at Graz
presented her a cake and a bouquet and
in "Kronenzeitung". Austria
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Church of St. Jurja i Vida Church at Madjarevo. Croatia October 29 - 30
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Church of Crkva sv. Antuna Padovanskog in Novi Marof. Croatia October 28
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Fr. James preached in two prisons of Croatia, at Pula and Rijeka -Croatia. October 25 - 27
Fr. James and the team in front of the prison at Pula
Fr. James and Fr. Zdravko
The team members with the superintendent Matko
and his colleagues at Rijeka
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AFTER VISITING A PRISON IN PULA,
The Real Prisoner is a Person in the Chains of Sin
RIJEKA- Yesterday in the chapel of the prison in Rijeka, catholic priest, charismatic preacher Fr. James Manjackal met twenty prisoners - he prayed, preached, celebrated Holy Mass for them and heard their confessions. Literally, he had a personal encounter with each prisoner, he gave blessing to each of them personally and in the words Fr. James addressed to them, there was something for each of them.
Last few years Fr. Manjackal visited Croatia many times, conducting spiritual renewal seminars, gathering thousands of believers, but his last two-days visit - yesterday and the day before yesterday- first to prison in Pula and then to prison in Rijeka, was only for pastoral work with prisoners.
"I come among you with love. I pray for all of you, for your families, for the persons you have hurt, for everyone in this prison, prisoners and personnel working here. In all my seminars I always pray for prisoners, refugees and all people in any kind of trouble- now I come to express my love for you, to pray for you, to tell you about love of Jesus, to tell you about Jesus who will never abandon you. Because you are in prison, don't think that you are the least important person - the real prisoner is person in the chains of sin. Jesus loves you and knows your heart."
These are the words addressed to the prisoners gathered, who were mostly young persons, by an Indian priest who is famous charismatic preacher for more than three decades. Fr. James encouraged them to give and receive forgiveness, to stop accusing themselves and others, to remove hatred from their hearts by forgiveness and gave them advice to pray in order to get blessings. " I advise you to pray and God will be with you now and after you go out of the prison." he said.
The meeting in prison in Rijeka was organized by Ms. Vinka Mudrovèic, the coordinator of Militia Immaculata of Rijeka and besides prisoners present were the director of the prison in Rijeka Mr. Matko Ljuban, prison guards and members of MI, who usually pray in the prison of Rijeka.
Subotica - Serbia and Montenegro. October 20 - 23
With bishop of Subotica, Mgr: Bishop János Pénzes
With Archbishop of Rijeka: Mgr Ivan Devcic.
Famous charismatic Fr. James Manjackal
with permission of the archbishop of Rijeka
Croatians need catholic TV
World famous charismatic Fr. James Manjackal invited
by local parish priest Fr.Ivan Androic and with the permission of archbishop
of Rijeka Msgr.Ivan Devcic, in Viškovo near Rijeka conducted 4 days
seminar "Meet Living God in Eucharist".
VL: What is the difference between traditional
and charismatic Church?
Priests feel afraid
VL: How should our priests become more
open to acceptance of charismatic renewal?
VL: On Pentecost next year, all new movements
will meet Pope Benedict XVI. Do you think it is a way of new evangelization?
VL: What is the attitude of the new Pope
towards charismatic renewal?
VL: Who is capable to be spiritual leader?
VL: In your opinion, do people come to charismatic
programs mostly because of physical healings?
VL: How to get rid of prejudices?
VL: Perhaps we could say that healing is "a
hook" to "fish" people for Jesus?
VL: What you were saying during your
previous visits in Croatia and what was published, is still
accurate today. Does it mean that people have not changed, that they have
not understood ?
VL: What should be the attitude of layman believers
if they want to be obedient to hierarchy and at the same time be open to
the charismatic renewal?
VL: What is the role of the media in all this?
Besides the Indian priest James Manjackal, Croatia
was visited by Fr. Rufus Pereira, Fr. Robert DeGrandis, Fr. Kevin Scallon
and S. Briege McKenna. Fr. Manjackal is, however, the only foreign priest
who keeps coming to Croatia. It is probably due to the fact that
Croatian bishops three years ago made decision that no foreign charismatic
is allowed to come to any diocese without permission of a local bishop.
VL: You travel a lot all over Europe. What
is the relationship of European countries towards Christianity and can
you compare it to faith in Croatia?
VL: What is your opinion about Croatia joining
the European Union?
VL: There are many problems in today's society,
we can even say society is sick. What to do?
People listened to word of famous charismatic
in the rain and in sunny weather.
Click here for the text in Croatian: 29.9.2005 and 2.10.2005
WORLD FAMOUS CHARISMATIC PRIEST
FR. JAMES MANJACKAL YESTERDAY IN VIŠKOVO
Croatia is in my prayers
VIŠKOVO- 29.09.05 "Praise the Lord. Alleluia. I am very happy to be here with you these days. You Croatians are always in my heart- every day I pray for you and your families. This seminar will be led by Jesus, our Lord, and not by me. He wants us to open our hearts- let Jesus enter in our hearts. Jesus is alive. Today Jesus lives in the Holy Eucharist from there He gives us new life, healing and liberation. He calls us to experience new life «. With these words Fr.James Manjackal, catholic priest and charismatic preacher, last night greeted many people at the beginning of the seminar of spiritual renewal held under motto " Meet the Living God in Eucharist ".
Together with Fr. Ivan Androic the organizer and the host of the gathering,
Fr. Manjackal was welcomed by the archbishop of Rijeka Msgr.
Dr. Ivan Devcic who blessed all who were gathered there and wished that
the spiritual renewal could bring many fruits in their families, parishes,
work places and everywhere they live and work.
Fr. Manjackal last night celebrated first the Holy Mass and then he prayed for new life and blessings for Croatian Church, every family and citizen of Croatia.
He was born in 1946 in India ; ordained priest in 1973, belongs to congregation of Missionaries of St. Francis of Sales . He became charismatic preacher and active in Charismatic Renewal after his own supernatural healing of serious illnesses which took place in 1976. "30 years ago I received the gift of the Holy Spirit and experienced His charismas. I left the hospital as a new man, with new decisions and goals. I made the firm decision to live only for Jesus and to spend my entire life proclaiming His Kingdom. I left my job as professor and, after 40 days of praying and fasting, started preaching- Before that I was a very shy person, unable to preach. Since February 1976. when I conducted my first charismatic retreatl, until today, my life is dedicated only to preaching His word", said Fr. James about himself. As it is already known in Croatia, this priest suggestively and with much inspiration preaches for hours without the signs of tiredness ; also he has a gift of knowledge. At his seminars , even those held in Croatia, many participants testified renewal of the faith, healings and conversions. During his healing prayer, as Fr.Manjackal explained himself, he closes the eyes and clearly sees names of the healed persons and sometimes the part of the body that is healed. He has visited 65 countries all over the world preaching the Gospel; in the last 10 years he also many times conducted seminars in Croatia.
SPIRITUAL RETREAT BY FR. JAMES MANJACKAL ENDED YESTERDAY
Thousands of people attracted by spiritual renewal
*VIŠKOVO* 2.10.05 – In presence of Msgr. Dr. Ivan Devic, archbishop of Rijeka, parish priest from Viškovo rev. Ivan Androic and large number of people, yesterday at sports ground Halubjan in Viškovo, after four days, ended seminar of spiritual renewal under motto "Meet Living God in Eucharist" conducted by charismatic priest Fr. James Manjackal. During four days, several thousands of people from wide area of Rijeka hurried to Viskovo to hear preaching of Fr. James. Some of them were burdened with lot of problems and, as witnesses said, they, after giving testimonies, returned to their homes re-born and some even healed from chronic illnesses.
– It is sad that a lot of Croatians criticize their priests and bishops, who come from this very nation, not directly from heaven. Instead of analyzing their faults, pray for them, because spiritual vocations are decreasing in Croatia, emphasized the Indian priest.
INTERVIEW: FR. JAMES MANJACKAL,
2.10.2005 Novi List.
Every day I pray that Croatians do not get too rich
"Please, God, give everyone what is necessary for a dignified life, but, please, do not make them too rich" said Fr. James with explanation that this is the same prayer he prays for his homeland India, because, if too rich, people loose faith and love for fellow men
"Thirty years ago I received the gift of the Holy Spirit and experienced
his charismas, and since then all I do is preaching God's word." With these
words Fr. James Manjackal, Indian catholic priest and charismatic preacher,
introduced himself to the people gathered at the seminar in Viskovo. How
he became a famous charismatic preacher who, at his evangelization programs,
usually gathers thousands of people of whom many testify physical healings,
conversions and renewal of faith?
Healed by prayer
- I had been in hospital for four months - but I took medicine only
for six days. I still had four months of treatment ahead of me before
my surgery , and then an unknown young man entered my hospital room
to pray over me. I thought he is Pentecostal , but he was Catholic, just
recently converted. He told me that the greatest gift he received is the
gift of the Holy Spirit, and that morning the Holy Spirit revealed to him
my condition and gave him instructions to pray over me. I did not take
this man seriously, but I let him pray over me. He prayed in tongues and
I did not like it - at that time I knew nothing about praying in tongues
and I did not appreciate it. He prayed a long time and during the prayer
I felt power coming to me. He prayed for my physical healing and after
that for my inner healing, he knew all about me - that I was unable to
preach and that I completely gave up preaching, he knew all about my family,
my childhood, my sins and problems. I was shocked and then I started to
believe that the Holy Spirit revealed that to him.- says Fr. Manjackal
. He says that after this prayer he remained in some kind of exaltation,
continued to pray for three and a half hours "received Holy Spirit"
" talked to Jesus" "felt cleansed with great peace and joy and started
to pray in tongues". Following night, after a long time, he was able
to sleep without pain and without tranquillizers; the following morning
after several months he was able to get up from his bed, doctors repeated
the medical tests and found him completely healthy.
Fear of charismatics
There is a fear among people, even among priests , what will happen
if everyone becomes charismatic? This fear comes from Satan. Why are they
frightened? Many people are afraid to start good way of living
, they are afraid because they have to give up many things, bad habits,
superficial way of living. Look at the charismatic priests here in
Croatia- people appreciate they work, rush to them , while those
who are jealous name them "gurus". Recently in one Croatian newspapers
it was published that I and some other charismatic are gurus. I forgive
them because they do not know what we are really doing. We are priests,
and the only thing that we, charismatic priests, do and want, is to lead
people to Jesus; not to James, but to Jesus. One becomes priest to work
for people 24 hours a day - he must pray for them, fast for them, work
with them, not only celebrate Holy Mass. I do it for 30 years now, I have
never had a vacation, and still I'm the happiest man on earth. I feel
power in my priesthood, but many priests do not know the power in this
sacrament, many do not want to surrender their time to people.
Prison in Saudi Arabia
*During these 30 years of evangelising, did you have any problems? *
Croatians searching for God
Every day I pray for Croatians. I pray: God, please, give them whatever
is necessary for a dignified life, but, please, do not make them too rich.
I pray the same prayer for my homeland India, because if people there become
too rich there will be no more such faith as we have now, nor such love
for fellow men. Many people in Croatia search for God, they are good people,
simple and open to God., there are many conversions.
*Many people that come to your seminars, surely feel the same way you
felt 30 years ago. You have a great responsibility, because many people
have concrete expectations- they have heard about healings at your retreats,
they want physical healing , peace of the heart and soul..*
* by Mirjana GRCE*
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