On Thursday afternoon, almost a thousand people were greeting Our Blessed Mother in the Icon of Czestochowa in front of the Church of The Blessed Virgin Mary - Queen of the Church and St. Maximilian Kolbe. This parish is run by the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Congregatio Sacerdotes a Sacro Corde Jesu).
From the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Vladivostok on June 15th, to this day, September 22nd, - 100 days have passed! Our Blessed Mother Mary in the Icon of Czestochowa, peregrinating across the world for the protection of the civilization of life, has already traveled 30 thousand kilometers and 12 countries: Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia. Currently, the Icon is peregrinating in Croatia.
The next 11 countries are preparing for the visit of Our Lady: Italy, Austria, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, and Portugal. Hence, the whole world is yet before us, and the plans are very broad - and to think this appeared to be quite impossible!
Thursday, September 20th, was the last day of visitation in Slovenia. Our Lady visited Novo Mesto in the Dolenjska region near the Croatian border. Their St. Michael's Cathedral was filled with multitudes, even though it was a day of work and an early afternoon hour when the Mass was celebrated at 1:30 p.m. The Vicar General of the Diocese of Novo Mesto, Father Božidar Metelko, presided over the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. During his homily, he said that all of us must work hard for and put our complete trust in the guidance of Mary, so that the civilization of life and love will be victorious.
The meeting at the Mediterranean Sea took place in an old port city Koper, on the north-west shore of the Istria Peninsula.
Next, the Icon had arrived at the capital of Slovenia, - Ljubljana. Our Blessed Mother spent the night and day with prayers of veneration and children's singing in the beautiful Cathedral of St. Nicholas. The Provost of the Cathedral, Father Jožef Lap, presided over the Holy Eucharist.
Along the way to Maribor, the peregrinating Icon of Czestochowa would stop in a few smaller towns. In effect, the Icon was almost an hour late, but the residents of Maribor waited for "Her" perseveringly. Both, the young and the old, greeted Her with fervent prayers, singing, smiling faces, and even with tears, - gathering around Our Lady's Icon.
Am Montag, dem 17. September begrüßte Unsere Liebe Frau von Czestochowa Slowenien und verabschiedete sich von den gastfreundlichen Ungarn. Der Leiter der ungarischen Lebensschutzbewegung kam mit der Ikone unserer Lieben Frau im Life-Mobil und übergab die Ikone dem Vertreter der slowenischen Lebensschutzbewegung, Valentina Pikelj. Die ungarische Flagge auf dem Life-Mobil wurde gegen die slowenische Fahne für die nächsten fünf Tagen ausgetauscht.
In the days that followed - the 10th and 11th of September, Our Lady traveled across Romania. In the town of Târgu Mureș (Hung. Marosvásárhely), the Icon visited the Church of St. John the Baptist. Fr. Dénes Oláh led the Rosary and made it possible for the coordinators to present the principles and ideas behind the peregrination "From Ocean to Ocean".
On Sunday, September 9th, a decision had to be made on how to repair the "Life Mobile" and go to Ukraine at the same time. The decision was easy, as it was simply impossible to continue driving without properly working brakes and wheels. Our Lady in the Icon switched vehicles, boarding the minivan belonging to Imre Telegasy, the director of the Hungarian Pro-Life movement. She then travelled to the town of Beregovo (Hun. Beregszász) in Ukraine, where a large Hungarian community lives. Meanwhile, the shrine on wheels remained in Debrecen for repairs.
On Saturday, September 8th, - on the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa was presented to the Hungarians. Imre Teglasy, the head of the Hungarian pro-life movement "Alfa," belonging to the Human Life International organization, had arrived. He was very excited and fully prepared to transport Our Lady's Icon across his country, which is the homeland of St. Paul, the Hermit.
Am Morgen des 8. September wurde die Ikone nach Ľutina weitergeleitet. Die Stadt ist berühmt aufgrund der dortigen privaten Erscheinungen zu St. Nicholas beim Fest der Verklärung im Jahr 1851, die durch den Vatikan anerkannt worden sind. Viele Griechisch-Orthodoxe Gruppen wallfahrten dorthin. 1988 weihte der Heilige Vater - der Selige Papst Johannes Paul II - den neu errichteten Schrein und erhob diesen zur Basilika Minor.