Mary Page News

June 22, 2001

Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the myriad ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.

News from the ML/IMRI

Personal thoughts and reflections about Mary from our readers 

We've added a section to our Research and Publications section showing selected personal comments from our readers about the Virgin Mary.  Click here to see comments received within the past month.  From this page, feel free to submit your own personal thoughts on Mary.  

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New Exhibit: Janet McKenzie

A new exhibit, Mary and Women: Images From the Heart, featuring works by Janet McKenzie, will be on display through July 27, 2001.  The works can be seen on-line by clicking into the Gallery section of the Mary Page and then choosing 'Current Exhibit'.

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International Marian Research Institute Summer Courses

Summer courses began on June 11.  See the course offerings for the summer academic session of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at: Summer Schedule.

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 Marian Events

This section lists all of the current Marian Events by geographical position.

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Mary in the Secular Press

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.

Commentary on Mary in various news articles from June 6 through June 18, 2001.

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News from Around the World

From Zenit

Pope´s Address Before Praying "Regina Caeli"

Calls for an End to Exploitation of Children as Soldiers


1. At the end of this solemn celebration, I want to entrust to Mary's maternal intercession the whole Church, which in Pentecost has a renewed awareness of her missionary vocation. Moreover, we place in her hands the expectations of peace and justice of the world. In particular, we wish to recommend to Our Lady's intercession the lives of so many youths, who are victims of the ongoing absurd violence in several countries, as testified by the news reaching us in the past days from the Holy Land. In addition to them, we remember especially the children involved in armed conflicts. In about 50 countries, many minors live in the midst of conflicts or post-conflict situations. They are victims of forced recruitment and of abuses of all kinds; they cannot go to school, they are separated from their parents, and subjected to physical and psychological violence.  

I appeal to the international community to increase its efforts to protect and rehabilitate all those who live in such tragic conditions. May the children, who are humanity's future and hope, grow up at last far away from the flagellation of war and every form of violence. May Mary, Mother of life, protect children in danger and support those who work to help them.

2. In a few moments, the venerable remains of Blessed John XXIII, which we had with us during the Holy Mass, will be devotedly taken to the Vatican Basilica, where they will remain exposed for the veneration of the faithful. I remember with admiration the brief but intense pontificate of this, my unforgettable predecessor. At this moment, I would like to recall his fervent devotion to Our Lady. He often remembered the good traditions of his childhood, when the most elderly in the family led the recitation of the rosary at home. Since then, he liked to say, Most Holy Mary took him by the hand and accompanied him on the path of the priesthood, the ideal of his whole life.

On May 15, 1963, during the last general audience in St. Peter's Basilica, he exhorted everyone to multiply their manifestations of affection for Mary, to whom, he underlined, the whole Eternal City is, so to speak, consecrated.

Let us gather his spiritual testament! Like him, let us deepen our relation with the Mother of Christ and Tabernacle of the Holy Spirit and, inspired by new fervor, let us invoke her with confidence: Regina caeli ... 

Excerpt of John Paul II’s Message for Missions Sunday 2001, June 5, 2001

"Set Out Anew From Christ With the Zeal of Pentecost" 

Mission is "the joyful proclamation of a gift meant for all and to be offered to all with the greatest respect for the freedom of each one: the gift of the revelation of the God who is Love, the God who "so loved the world that he gave his only Son" (Jn 3:16) ... The Church therefore cannot forgo her missionary activity among the peoples of the world. It is the primary task of the missio ad gentes to announce that it is in Christ, "the Way, and the Truth, and the Life" (Jn 14:6), that people find salvation" (Novo Millennio Ineunte, 56). This is an invitation to all, it is an urgent call that deserves an immediate and generous answer. We must set out! We must set out without delay, like Mary, the Mother of Jesus; like the shepherds, stirred by the first announcement of the Angel; like Mary Magdalene at the sight of the Risen Lord. "At the beginning of this new century, our steps must quicken as we travel the highways of the world … the Risen Christ asks us to meet him as it were once more in the Upper Room where, on the evening of "the first day of the week" (Jn 20:19) he appeared to his disciples in order to "breathe" on them his life-giving Spirit and launch them on the great adventure of proclaiming the Gospel" (ibid, 58).

Mary Has Appeal for Other Religions

Lourdes Conference Draws Various Faiths

LOURDES, France, JUNE 12, 2001 

The Blessed Virgin Mary is a starting point for presenting the Christian message to believers of other religions, said a Vatican official returning from an interfaith conference at Lourdes.

Cardinal Francis Arinze, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, delivered a key address at the conference June 7-8.

In an interview with Vatican Radio in Rome, he noted that Mary was a young Jewess, faithful to the tradition of her fathers. Yet, he said, it is interesting to note that the Koran, the sacred book of Islam, mentions her 34 times "always with great respect. She is regarded as a virgin, full of faith, obedient to God."

Buddhists do not have a figure that corresponds to the Virgin of Christian faith, but their religiosity appreciates the feminine values proper to Mary, such as compassion, maternity and piety, something that can help them understand her witness, Cardinal Arinze explained.

In Indian religions, there is also an image of feminine cult that includes femininity, maternity, fertility and piety, the cardinal added.

The conference at Lourdes was organized by the local diocese in cooperation with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. It gathered experts to study Mary's role in ecumenical dialogue and in relations among religions.

On the first day, the sessions focused on Mary in ecumenical dialogue. The debate centered on "The Virgin and the Call to Christian Unity," as well as the importance of icons for the Oriental Churches and their message.

Participants in the debates included Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran representatives and theologians, as well as those of other Christian confessions of various countries, the majority European.

The choice of Lourdes for this type of debate, a shrine of Catholic popular piety and pilgrimage, might seem paradoxical. Bishop Jacques Perrier of Tarbes and Lourdes, organizer of the event, told ZENIT that since 1984 there has been a pavilion for the service "of Christian unity" in the shrine.

Bishop Perrier said he believes that this type of ecumenical initiative takes nothing away from the "Catholic specificity" of Marian devotion.

"The Catholic specificity in Lourdes is manifested not only in Marian devotion but also in the sacraments celebrated here, and the bishops and priests who exercise their ministry," he explained.

The meeting served to underline the importance of the Dombes document, a revolutionary declaration written by Catholic and Protestant theologians, which gives Mary her "full place" and "no more than her place." The document concludes that Mary is not a problem for the ecumenical dialogue (see Groupe des Dombes, "Marie dans le dessein de Dieu et la communion des saints," Bayard Éditions-Centurion, 1999).

"If the colloquium served to make this document known, we think we did not waste time or spend our energy in vain," Bishop Perrier added.

On the second day, the debate focused on Mary and relations among religions. The debate was opened by Rabbi Michel Serfaty, who spoke on the "Image of a Jewish Mother at the Dawn of Our Era," offering a thoughtful human profile of Myriam of Nazareth, as the Virgin's original name was in Hebrew.

Two testimonies followed on Mary as seen by other religions. Jean-Jacques Rouchi gave the Muslim perspective and Chow-Ching-Lie the Buddhist. Cardinal Arinze spoke of Mary as "a sign for the third millennium."

In his Vatican Radio interview, the cardinal noted that since other religions do not recognize the Trinity, they cannot recognize Christ as the Son of God, and Mary as the Mother of God.

"Yet, we must thank God for the positive connotations that Mary has for the other religions," which make Mary a bridge with other believers, he said.

From L’Osservatore Romano June 6 & 13

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New Resources

We've added the answer to a new question submitted by a reader. 

A new section on Argentinian stamps with images of Mary has been added to our Resources section.  Expect more from other countries to follow.

We have added material on Guido Dettoni della Grazia and his Maria exhibit to the Artists in our Gallery section.  Also our Prayer section on now includes a Litany to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and a list of Spanish Features has been added to our Resources.

We've posted memorials to three long-time faculty members who died recently:

Fr. Frederick M. Jelly, O.P.

Fr. Walter M. Brennan, O.S.M.

Fr. Théodore Koehler, S.M.

The graphic at the top left of our home page now randomly displays flowers named after the Virgin Mary.  Click on the flower to enlarge the image and display information about it. 

We have also updated our Search engine.  Feel free to inform us on how you think it compares to the previous version.

We have also revised the navigation index at the far left of each page.  Let us know what you think.

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Documents, Pronouncements (Magisterial, doctrinal)

This section contains full-text official documents from the Catholic Church on matters related to the Virgin Mary and other points of Catholic Doctrine. This week's item is Signum Magnum [The Great Sign] – Apostolic Exhortation On Venerating and Imitating the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church and Model of All Virtues, Pope Paul VI, 13 May 1967 [Visit to Fatima: Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary]  

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Marian Themes in Magisterial Documents

This section contains an index to Marian references within various official documents from the Catholic Church. This week's topic is Marian Devotion: Various Forms of Marian Piety.  Various documents that include devotion to the heart of Mary [mainly excerpts]:

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News Archive

This section contains excerpts from past editions of the Mary Page news.

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