Mary Page News

March 17, 2000

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Pope John Paul II

Visit to the Holy Land
March 19: St. Joseph, Husband of the Virgin Mary
March 25: The Annunciation of the Lord
The Annunciation Image on the Holy Door
Mary Page in the News
Lenten Resource Material
The Mary Page's Lenten Material
Mary in the Secular Press

Calendar of Marian Events
Prayer Corner Requests

Items Re-visited

Film Festival: On Mary in Film

Archive: News 1995-96
Archive: News 1997
Archive: News 1998

This week's themes:
Mary and the Church: The Assumption
William  Joseph Chaminade
Vignette-21 / Cameo-21

Pope John Paul II – Visit to the Holy Land

On March 7, 2000, the Israeli government announced the itinerary of Pope John Paul II's visit to the Holy Land. According to United Press International, the pope is schedule to arrive on a flight to Tel Aviv on Tuesday, March 21. He will then travel by helicopter to Jerusalem. On Wednesday, March 22, he will travel to Bethlehem for an official Palestinian reception. He will celebrate Holy Mass at the Manger Square outside the Basilica of the Nativity, and visit the nativity Grotto. That afternoon a visit is scheduled with Yasser Arafat. From there to pope will travel to the Deheishe refugee camp.

Thursday, a private Mass will be celebrated at the Chapel of the Cenacle. This will be followed by a private meeting with Israel's two chief rabbis in Jerusalem. The news service reports that the pope will then pay a courtesy call on Israeli President Ezer Weizman followed by a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Toward evening the pope will attend an inter-religious meeting at the Pontifical Institute in Jerusalem.

Friday morning, the Holy Father will fly north to the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee where he will celebrate Mass. In the afternoon he will receive Prime Minister Ehud Barak at the Shrine of the Mount of Beatitudes, visit the Church of Multiplication of the Loaves, the Church of the Primacy of Peter, and the House of St. Peter at Capernaum.

On Saturday morning, March 25, he will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. The news service reported that the pope will spend about four hours in Nazareth, then return to Jerusalem for a meeting with foreign consul generals, visit the Basilica of the Garden of Gethsemane, and visit the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate.

On Sunday, March 26, the pope will pay a courtesy call on the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, visit the Western Wall, celebrate Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and meet with patriarchs and bishops at the Latin Patriarchate inside the Old City wall. He will return to Rome in the evening.

St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Are you in need of resources for March, the month dedicated to St. Joseph and to his feast and liturgical celebration? The Mary Page offers the following items:

March 25: The Annunciation of the Lord

The Solemnity of March 25, The Annunciation of the Lord, is a pivot Marian celebration. This is the moment of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, when the Son of God became a human being. The Mary Page has numerous references to the Annunciation. Here are samples:

The Annunciation Image on the Holy Door in Rome


To learn briefly about the Holy Door, see the ZENIT article Holy Door

"In order to express the gratitude of the Swiss population, for having been spared the horrors of World War II, Bishop Francis von Streng of Basilea-Lugano took the initiative and gave Pope Pius XII the nine bronze panels of the Holy Door of Saint Peter's Basilica,on the occasion of the Holy Year of 1950. In his book, Cardinal Noe gives a profound meditation on each one of the door panels which are the work of sculptor Vico Consorti."

The Mary Page in the News

CTN, Catholic Telemedia Network from Menlo Park, California provides a service pamphlet entitled, On Screen and is edited by Nancy Attinger Greely. The service provides brief info VHS loans and theme kits and Internet sites. The Mary Page appeared under the Jubilee Theme: Pilgrimage. For more information: or write for the news service to:

324 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Or call Information: (650) 326-4605

Lenten Resource Material

The German mission organization, Misereor, yearly provides excellent materials for schools and pastoral needs. The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute recently received this year's packet of material which includes large contemporary Stations of the Cross printed in color on fine paper. The booklet, written in German, includes the history of the devotion, biblical backgrounds, a section for doing the stations with young people, the stations themselves, and media resources. The fourth station represents an encounter between Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross. The unusual depiction "hides" Mary and Jesus behind the cross beam where they quietly share the anguish of the moment. The artist, Sieger Köder, entitles the station, Shared Pain. This material is still available and quickly obtained via email at:

Mary Page's Lenten Material

See our resource list at:

Mary and the Celebration of the Lenten Season

Mary in the Secular Press

Commentary on Mary in various news articles from March 3 to March 14, 2000.

The director and editors of The Mary Page under the auspices of the International Marian Research Institute do not necessarily endorse or agree with the events and ideas expressed in this feature. Our sole purpose is to report on items about Mary gleaned from a myriad of papers representing the secular press.

Film Festival: On Mary in Film

[film brochure]

The University of Dayton Sesquicentennial Film Festival of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute has been attended by students, faculty, staff, and local residents of the Dayton area. Professors of the university enrich the festival from their respective disciplines. See the brochure left for upcoming films and speakers.

Mary and the Church: Assumption (eschatological image)

What is the meaning of Mary's assumption into heaven? This section offers direct quotes from magisterial documents on the theme. Examples:

Mary and the Church: Assumption (eschatological image)

Prayer Corner Requests

You are invited to help us pray for our prayer corner intentions.

Prayer Corner

The intentions of the Holy Father for March 2000:

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