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October 13, 2000

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20th International Mariological Marian Congress
Pope John Paul II: Homily - September 24, 2000
Act of Entrustment to Mary - October 8, 2000
The Holy Father in the News
Kevin Hanna
Mary in the Secular Press

Calendar of Marian Events
Prayer Corner Requests

Items Re-visited

News Archive

This week's themes:
Life of Mary
William  Joseph Chaminade
Marianist Schools


20th International Mariological-Marian Congress

The Mystery of the Trinity and Mary

The shrine of Our Lady, Madonna of Divine Love, 12 k from Rome, was the gathering place of over 300 theologians and onlookers for the 20th Mariological Marian International Congress. The congress sponsored by the Pontifical International Marian Academy (PAMI), and planned as part of the Jubilee 2000 celebrations, took place from September 15-24th at the shrine and various locations throughout Rome.

Theologians from every continent explored Mary's relationship to the mystery of the Trinity. Eighteen noted Marian scholars presented papers at morning plenary sessions, which were translated into five languages. Afternoon sessions were devoted to eleven language groups. Papers devoted to Marian doctrine, scriptural and ecclesial themes, cultural expressions of devotion, art, and spirituality were presented each afternoon. For the first time in the 100year history of the congress, a section specifically for presenters from Asia was introduced.

An afternoon roundtable dealt with cultural questions and expressions from Brazil, the Congo, the Philippines, Great Britain, and the USA. Here, the love for Mary of the poor and marginalized touched the hearts of the listeners.

In addition to the intellectual exchange the participants were treated to evening concerts, each unique and expressive of the beauty of the arts honoring Mary through the ages in contemporary culture. A most outstanding performance entitled, Mary, mother of the world, and directed by an American, Patricia Adkins Chiti, was held for the participants and the city of Rome in the Paul VI auditorium on September 15th. Other performances included tenor, Massimo Puccini, a new film entitled Mary, Daughter of Her Son, and Marian songs of 13th c Italy performed by a group from Assisi and directed by Pino Manzart. Contemporary composers and Christian singers also presented their praises of Mary, the Mother of God. The congress began and concluded within St. Mary Major, the primary Marian shrine of the world.

An evening was devoted to ecumenical prayer at the Anglican/Epicopal Church of St. Paul Inside the Walls. Here, presiders from the Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican and Roman Catholic faith led the participants in prayer, asking Mary to intercede and heal those divisions which devotion to her often seems to bring about. The woman of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ whose Jubilee is being commemorated was asked to be a model for all Christians in teaching all to love her Divine Son.

Each evening one of the language groups was responsible for the pilgrims' prayer at St. Peter's Square, and throughout Rome further concerts were planned in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The highpoint at the end of the congress was the Pilgrimage of the Shrines held on September 24th. The eucharistic liturgy was held by Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's where thousands gathered who represented Marian shrines from around the world. The participants of the Mariological Marian International Congress were given privileged places near the altar for this occasion.

Part of a hymn, written in Italian for the jubilee, summarizes the congress:

Dear holy Mother, for your strong faith
change heart and mind
Shine, holy Queen, show us the way.
God looks for a woman and He makes her Mother,
the whole mankind is conceived in Jesus.
You, Mother of the world, please give us your Son.

Pope John Paul II: Closing of the 20th International Mariological Marian Congress

Sunday, 24 September 2000, was the closing of the 20th International Mariological-Marian Congress at St. Peter's in Rome. The altar for the Holy Father's solemn Mass was built up on the steps of St. Peter's in the manner that has been done for the major jubilees throughout the Jubilee Year. The participants of the Mariological Marian Congress had the privilege of being seated on the same level as the altar and to its left.

In his homily at the Eucharistic concelebration Pope John Paul II expressed his hope that "among the fruits of this year of grace, as well as that of a stronger love for Christ, there should also be that of a renewed Marian devotion." L'Osservatore Romano on September 27 published the Pope's homily, in which he said, "Yes, Mary must be deeply loved and honoured, but with a devotion, which to be authentic:

Following Mass, which also celebrated the Jubilee of Marian Shrines, the Holy Father prayed the Angelus, L'Osservatore Romano said. He introduced the Marian prayer with greetings to the faithful, recalling some of the most famous Marian shrines in their countries and praying to the Mother of the Incarnate Word to "help everyone collaborate generously in the work of the Redemption." To read the entire homily, visit the Vatican's website at: Homily of John Paul II at the Vatican Website

Act of Entrustment to Mary - October 8, 2000

The editors of Mary Page repeat the text below that is initially published on the Vatican website.


Sunday 8 October 2000

1. "Woman, behold your Son!" (Jn 19:26).
As we near the end of this Jubilee Year,
when you, O Mother, have offered us Jesus anew,
the blessed fruit of your womb most pure,
the Word made flesh, the world's Redeemer,
we hear more clearly the sweet echo of his words
entrusting us to you, making you our Mother:
"Woman, behold your Son!"
When he entrusted to you the Apostle John,
and with him the children of the Church and all people,
Christ did not diminish but affirmed anew
the role which is his alone as the Saviour of the world.
You are the splendour which in no way dims the light of Christ,
for you exist in him and through him.
Everything in you is fiat: you are the Immaculate One,
through you there shines the fullness of grace.
Here, then, are your children, gathered before you
at the dawn of the new millennium.
The Church today, through the voice of the Successor of Peter,
in union with so many Pastors assembled here
from every corner of the world,
seeks refuge in your motherly protection
and trustingly begs your intercession
as she faces the challenges which lie hidden in the future.

2. In this year of grace, countless people have known
the overflowing joy of the mercy
which the Father has given us in Christ.
In the particular Churches throughout the world,
and still more in this centre of Christianity,
the widest array of people have accepted this gift.
Here the enthusiasm of the young rang out,
here the sick have lifted up their prayer.
Here have gathered priests and religious,
artists and journalists,
workers and people of learning,
children and adults,
and all have acknowledged in your beloved Son
the Word of God made flesh in your womb.
O Mother, intercede for us,
that the fruits of this Year will not be lost
and that the seeds of grace will grow
to the full measure of the holiness
to which we are all called.

3. Today we wish to entrust to you the future that awaits us,
and we ask you to be with us on our way.
We are the men and women of an extraordinary time,
exhilarating yet full of contradictions.
Humanity now has instruments of unprecedented power:
we can turn this world into a garden,
or reduce it to a pile of rubble.
We have devised the astounding capacity
to intervene in the very well-springs of life:
man can use this power for good, within the bounds of the moral law,
or he can succumb to the short-sighted pride
of a science which accepts no limits,
but tramples on the respect due to every human being.
Today as never before in the past,
humanity stands at a crossroads.
And once again, O Virgin Most Holy,
salvation lies fully and uniquely in Jesus, your Son.

4. Therefore, O Mother, like the Apostle John,
we wish to take you into our home (cf. Jn 19:27),
that we may learn from you to become like your Son.
"Woman, behold your son!"
Here we stand before you
to entrust to your maternal care
ourselves, the Church, the entire world.
Plead for us with your beloved Son
that he may give us in abundance the Holy Spirit,
the Spirit of truth which is the fountain of life.
Receive the Spirit for us and with us,
as happened in the first community gathered round you
in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (cf. Acts 1:14).
May the Spirit open our hearts to justice and love,
and guide people and nations to mutual understanding
and a firm desire for peace.
We entrust to you all people, beginning with the weakest:
the babies yet unborn,
and those born into poverty and suffering,
the young in search of meaning,
the unemployed,
and those suffering hunger and disease.
We entrust to you all troubled families,
the elderly with no one to help them,
and all who are alone and without hope.

5. O Mother, you know the sufferings
and hopes of the Church and the world:
come to the aid of your children in the daily trials
which life brings to each one,
and grant that, thanks to the efforts of all,
the darkness will not prevail over the light.
To you, Dawn of Salvation, we commit
our journey through the new Millennium,
so that with you as guide
all people may know Christ,
the light of the world and its only Saviour,
who reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Holy Father in the News

  • The Holy Father entrusted the entire Italian nation to the Blessed Mother in a Message to Cardinal Marco Ce for the centenary of the crowning of the image of Our Lady of Monte Berico, Mother of Mercy, at the shrine of that name in the Triveneto region of Italy, L'Osservatore Romano said on September 13. He called the Basilica of Monte Berico a "providential beacon of Marian spirituality where countless people began or intensified the inner pilgrimage that the spiritual peaks of holiness."
  • May Mary, Seat of Wisdom, guide you on your way to knowledge of the full truth in Christ, her Son, the Pope prayed as university teachers concluded their jubilee celebration on September 10, L'Osservatore Romano reported on September 13.
  • "The beautification during the Jubilee Year of William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Marianists, reminds the faithful that it is their task to find ever new ways of bearing witness to the faith," the Holy Father said during his homily at the Mass September 3 during which he beatified Father Chaminade and four other men, L'Osservatore Romano said on September 6. Father Chaminade's "filial attachment to Mary maintained his inner peace on all occasions, helping him to do Christ's will," the Pope said..

    Kevin Hanna

    Four years of preparation culminated in a picture perfect fall day at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, for Kevin Hanna, creator of Mirror of Hope a sculpture unique in its class. Hanna worked to the last minute with touches here and there to enhance the beauty of the 200 plus figures adorning the landscape of creation and salvation history. Invited guests were given the first opportunity to view the completed work first hand.

    The program included a welcome by Bro. Raymond L. Fitz, SM, President of the University of Dayton, a presentation entitled "The Art of Salvation History," by Rev. Johann G. Roten, SM, Director of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute; and an explanation of the sculupte, "A Labor of Love" by Kevin Hanna. The Marian String Quartet of the University of Dayton enhanced the presentations with timeless Marian classics. A reception followed for the two hundred guests in attendance.

    To read more about the sculpture's significance please read:

    'Mirror of Hope' Sculpture, Commemorating History of Christianity, Unveiled Oct. 12 at The University of Dayton

    Mary in the Secular Press

    Commentary on Mary in various news articles from September 5 - October 11, 2000.

    The director and editors of 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.

    Items Revisited

    Life of Mary: Annunciation

    Life of Mary: Annunciation

    Prayer Corner Requests

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

    Prayer Corner

    The intentions of the Holy Father for October 2000:

    For more information on these intentions, see: Apostleship of Prayer October 2000


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