Photo sparks a pilgrimage

Thirteen years ago, on a visit to family in Scotland, photographer Martin Elliott was shown a photograph. It had passed through several hands before being given to his cousin, and it was said to show the Virgin Mary. The picture had allegedly been taken by a doctor on a visit to Medjugorje, a village in Bosnia, Herzegovina.

This was the village where, in 1981, the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared to six children, and given them messages of peace which continue today. As a result an estimated 20 million of people from all over the world have made pilgrimages to Medjugorje.

Martin was given the picture, and as the years passed he always thought about going to Medjugorje to try and get closer to the mystery. It was only this year, after winning a press photography competition, that Martin, from the Derby Evening Telegraph, finally booked his flight. This is his account of that journey.