Mary Page News

August 18, 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

Congratulations to the Mary Page!

We just learned that our Mary Page web site was featured in St. Anthony Messenger magazine's "Web Catholic" column, in both the print and the online editions.  St. Anthony Messenger, of course, is the national Catholic family magazine that has been in print since 1893 (340,000 subscribers) and on the Web since 1996.  It's a ministry of the Franciscans. The column is a one-year effort to highlight trends on the Internet for Catholics and to show them exemplary sites.  Mary Page was featured in the May, 2001 edition of the magazine and at the on-line link below:

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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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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 through June 18, 2001.

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News from Around the World

XIIIth International Mariological Symposium

The Pontifical Theological Faculty "Marianum" will host the XIIIth International Mariological Symposium in Rome on October 2-5, 2001.  The topic will be "Contemporary Hermeneutics and Biblical Mariological Texts: Verification and Proposals."  For more information email the Secretarial office of the Marianum at:

From Zenit

World Rosary Ready for Its Sixth Year
140 Countries Expected for Oct. 6 Event 

MEXICO CITY, AUG. 1, 2001 ( More than 140 countries are expected to participate in the sixth annual World Rosary on Saturday, Oct. 6. 

Last year, John Paul II led the World Rosary from the Vatican. Sister Lucia dos Santos, 93, the last surviving Fatima visionary, led one of the mysteries, via satellite, from Portugal. 

As in previous years, the rosary will be prayed by thousands gathered in parishes, stadiums, cathedrals, convention centers, schools, factories, prisons and hospitals. 

The initiative began in 1996, when a group of lay Mexicans called for a large group-recitation of the rosary, as a gift for the Holy Father on the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination. The venue for the first rosary was Mexico's Plaza de Toros, led by the archbishop of Mexico City. Twenty countries participated. 

The organizers offer practical suggestions to those planning to join the rosary: 

--consecrate the event to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; 

--have the Blessed Sacrament exposed during the rosary; 

--make provisions for administering the sacrament of reconciliation; 

--let it be known that a plenary indulgence may be obtained for praying the rosary in community; 

--keep the date as a day of fasting and meditation; 

--accompany the event by praying the rosary as a community, family or individual novena. 

For more information see

Those communities organizing a World Rosary on Oct. 6 should send a confirmation to

Pope Notes Feast of Basilica of St. Mary Major

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 5, 2001 ( John Paul II reminded pilgrims that the Church today marks the dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, the first Western church building named in honor of the Blessed Virgin. 

This feast, the Holy Father said, "invites us to turn our gaze to her whom the Father chose as Mother of his only-begotten Son and, because of this, Mother of all of humanity. We ask her to help us remain united to her Son, Jesus, always: now and at the hour of our death." 

"Mary, Mother of God!" the Pope told pilgrims gathered outside the papal summer residence. "This is how Rome venerates her today, celebrating the dedication of the patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major, the oldest church in the West named after the Blessed Virgin Mary." 

The building of the church is connected to a dream of Pope Liberius on the night of Aug. 5, 356. In the dream, the Blessed Virgin asked him to build a church in the place where he would find snow the following day. 

The miracle happened in the month of August in Rome, on the very spot where the basilica stands today. The present building, atop the foundations of Pope Liberius' church, was built by Pope Sixtus III (432-440). 

From L’Osservatore Romano June 6 & 13

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New Resources

We've added answers to two new questions submitted by readers. 

A new section on international stamps with images of Mary has been added to our Resources section.  The latest added is Brazil.  Expect more countries to follow.

A multimedia presentation on Marian National Patronages has been added to our Resources section under Marian Shrines.  This page uses Flash and requires Shockwave software to run.  If you don't already have Shockwave, our page will guide you to download it for free or to simply display an HTML version.  Please let us know what you think of this format.  Expect more multimedia presentations in the future!

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. 

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Documents, Pronouncements (Magisterial, doctrinal)


Defining "ex cathedra" (from the chair of Peter) the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (feast celebrated August 15)

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Marian Themes in Magisterial Documents

Mary and the Church: Assumption (eschatological image)

A list of quotations on the Assumption from post-Vatican II magisterial documents such as this from Lumen Gentium, Chapter 8: "in the Blessed Virgin the Church has already reached that perfection whereby she exists without spot or wrinkle (cf. Eph 5:27)" 65

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News Archive

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

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Prayer Corner Requests

You are invited to help us pray for our Prayer Corner intentions.  Please take a look!  This site has been updated and enhanced and now allows users to directly submit prayer requests or to volunteer as a prayer partner for these intentions!

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