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News from the ML/IMRI
New Art on our Home Page
The graphic at the top left of our
home page now randomly displays
works by Katherine Ann Osenga. Click
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New Art Exhibit
NOW being exhibited at The Marian Library
When Devotion Meets Art: Statues of Our Lady.
Displayed are more than 450 statues of varied twentieth-century representations
of Mary, the mother of Jesus, that were part of the former National Shrine of
Our Lady of the Green Scapular in Palmyra, Wisconsin.
October 15, 2001 - January 4, 2002
through Friday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Telephone: (937) 229-4214 or (937)
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Schedule of IMRI Courses for the Fall Semester
International Marian Research Institute will be offering a selection of seminar
courses in Theology on the University Dayton campus during the Fall 2001
Semester. For more details, click into
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Personal thoughts and reflections about Mary from
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
We also encourage our readers to submit their
opinions on various styles of Marian Art through an
on-line art survey.
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News from Around the
Exhibition on Black Madonnas
Bringing the Dark Madonna to Light: Contemporary
October 13, 2001 - January 13, 2002 at Thacher Gallery at
USF, Gleeson Library/Geschke Center. This exhibit will bring together
historical material and new work by over 20 Bay Area and international artists
to present the Dark Madonna in a contemporary light. For more information,
This exhibit is free and open to the public.
Rediscovering the Rosary in a
Interview with Founder of Youth
ROME, OCT. 11, 2001 (Zenit.org).- For
those who think the rosary has been forgotten, the founder of the Youth
Missionary Service has a very different message.
Ernesto Olivero, 61, former banker and a
married man with three children, dedicates himself to the service of the poor
and the marginalized. Mother Teresa of Calcutta once recommended him for the
Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1964, Olivero founded the Youth
Missionary Service, an association characterized by its simple, fraternal,
communal lifestyle, dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel through initiatives of
John Paul II appealed to Catholics to
pray the rosary this month for world peace and an end to terrorism. Here,
Olivero talks about the timeliness of this prayer.
--Q: What does the rosary mean to you?
--Olivero: It is something I carry
within me. The rosary leads me to the Word of God. Never before has the rosary
been so invaluable. In such a mad world, only one woman, Mary, can help man
What is happening at present makes us
understand that if man does not find the wisdom that leads to God, chaos alone
remains. We continue to choose God, and I believe that the Virgin is a great
--Q: And yet, there are those who say it
is boring and repetitive. Do you agree?
--Olivero: No. The rosary has a
repetition that is full of meaning and love. Love never regards anything as
repetitive, including the simplest gesture to the beloved. Sometimes, while I
pray the rosary, I am tormented by the fact that I don't understand what I am
saying, that I am distracted, but I know I am dedicating time to God through
Mary. So it is not repetitive.
--Q: Do you think it is an appropriate
prayer for young people?
--Olivero: I think so. It is the prayer
of simplicity, and whoever is simple has understood everything. And young people
are simple. Anyway, before advising a boy or girl to pray the rosary, I would
suggest that they encounter God, with the silence of God that leads to the
rosary, to that apparent repetition.
Again, Pope Calls Faithful to
Pray Rosary for Peace - "Who, Better Than Mary, Can Accompany Us"
ROME, OCT. 14, 2001 (Zenit.org).- For
the fourth time in two weeks, John Paul II appealed to the faithful to pray the
rosary "for peace at this time burdened by grave concerns." He made
his appeal today before 20,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter´s Square for the
midday Angelus. The Holy Father mentioned "peace" six times before
reciting the Marian prayer. "Given the present international situation, I
have invited individuals and communities to pray the rosary for peace," he
said. "I also renew this appeal today, underlining at the same time that
the rosary is the contemplation of Christ in his mysteries, in close union with
Mary Most Holy." "Contemporary spirituality feels the intense need, so
to speak, to focus on the essential," the Pope continued, from the window
of his study. "Because of this, there is at present a promising rediscovery
of the true nature of the rosary, as a prayer that helps to be in Christ’s
company, to know him better, absorb his teachings and live the mystery. “And
who, better than Mary, can accompany us in this journey of the mind and heart?
This is the meaning of the repetition of the Hail Mary, which constitutes the
scheme on which the contemplation of the mysteries develops.
From L’Osservatore Romano September 19&26
On September 23, at the end of the Mass on the Square of
the Motherland in Astana, Kazakhstan, the Holy Father prayed the Angelus
with the people gathered there. He made an appeal for a non-violent solution
to the terrorist attack on the USA and invoked the protection of Mary for
the entire nation of Kazakhstan. He noted that the Astana Cathedral which
can be seen from the Square is dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and
said that: "At this moment I wish to go on spiritual pilgrimage to your
national Marian shrine near Oziornoe where you, dear Brothers and Sisters,
venerate the Blessed Virgin under the title of Queen of Peace. Prostrate at
her feet, I pray for the entire nation of Kazakhstan." To Mary he
entrusted "all of you: Christians and non-Christians, believers and
non-believers," and the countries bordering Kazakhstan. He gave a
special greeting to all those present of Kazakh origin and said: "May
the Blessed Virgin Mary take you and your families under her mantle."
In his letter of condolence sent September 15 to Cardinal
Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, the Holy Father repeated the
Gospel injunction "not to be conquered by evil, but to conquer evil
with good." The letter was read at the Mass for Healing and Peace
celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate
Conception in Washington, D.D. September 16.
In his message September 12 to Fr. Joseph Chalmers, Prior
General of the Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt.
Carmel, the Holy Father asked the friars to follow the example of the two
great persons connected with the Order, the prophet Elijah in his listening
to God and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in her song of praise and in her generous
readiness to serve her cousin Elizabeth. He said: "Ask Mary, who was so
caring and so gentle towards the Child Jesus (Lk 2, 7b), to clothe each of
us with the wisdom and love of her divine Son."
The Holy Father celebrated Mass with the priests,
religious and seminarians of Kazakhstan in honor of Our Lady, Queen of Peace
in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on September 24. He asked
that "Mary, Queen of Peace, sustain these your children. Today they
entrust themselves to you with renewed confidence. Our Lady of Perpetual
Help, from this Cathedral you embrace the whole Catholic community. Help the
faithful to be generous and committed in bearing witness to their faith, so
that the Gospel of your Son may resound throughout these vast, immense and
After the Mass at the Square of the Motherland in Astana,
the Holy Father had lunch with the Ordinaries of Central Asia, the Nuncio
and the Papal Entourage. In his address that followed the Pope spoke to the
Ordinaries about the difficulties of their task of starting again "in
these territories, newly open to the Gospel." He said that "The
leaven seems insignificant, but it has the power to transform the whole
loaf." He entrusted their "pastoral mission to Mary, Star of
Evangelization and Queen of Peace" and said that "In the Cathedral
of Astana you venerate her as the Mother of Perpetual Help. Into her
maternal hands I place your endless work, your expectations and your plans;
may she guide and sustain you every step of the way."
On Sunday, September 16, at the end of his visit to the
city of Frosinone, in the Ciociara region south of Rome, the Holy Father
made one of his intentions for the Angelus a prayer for the American people
as they pick up their lives after the tragedy on September 11. His prayer:
"May the Blessed Virgin bring comfort and
hope to those who suffer on account of the tragic attack of the
terrorists, that last week seriously harmed the beloved American people.
To all the children of this great Nation I direct my heartbroken and
heartfelt consideration. May Mary welcome the dead, console the
survivors, support those families who are particularly tried, help all to
resist the temptation to hatred and violence, and to dedicate themselves to the service of
justice and peace."
- In his address to the Sylvestrine Benedictines, who he
received in audience September 8 at the papal residence of Castel Gandolfo,
Pope John Paul II said: "In this journey, may the Blessed Virgin Mary,
whose Nativity we celebrate today, grant you her maternal assistance. May
her Magnificat that celebrates the memory and hope of the People of God
become your Congregation’s canticle of praise at the beginning of this new
- On September 14, the Holy Father spoke to the Father
General and the members of the 17th General Assembly of the
Missionaries of the Precious Blood, whom he received in audience at Castel
Gandolfo. He said: "It was not by accident that St. Gaspar del Bufalo
established your Congregation on the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our
Lady. For he saw in the glory of the Virgin the wondrous fruit of the
sacrifice of her Son on the Cross....That is why you must look always to the
Woman ‘clothed with the sun, the moon beneath her feet, and on her head a
crown of twelve stars.’" (Apoc. 12,1)
- The Pope began the General Audience on September 12
with a message of profound sorrow for the tragedy in the United States and
of solidarity with its people, then led the pilgrims and visitors in solemn
prayer for the living, the dead, for peace and an end to violence and
terrorism. He greeted "with special affection" the thousands of
Carmelite pilgrims who came to Rome to celebrate the 750th
anniversary of the giving of the Scapular and crowned a beautiful statue of
Our Lady of Mount Carmel. He said that in his letter to the Superiors
General of the Order of the Carmelites and of the Order of the Discalced
Carmelites, inviting them to this special dedication, he wrote that the
"Scapular is essentially a habit which evokes the protection of the
Blessed Virgin Mary in this life and in the passage to the fullness of
eternal glory." He said that the "Scapular also reminds us that
the devotion to her must become a ‘uniform’ that is a Christian
life-style, woven of prayer and interior life."
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Newsletter for the Mariological Society of America (MSA) is now on-line.
We've also added answers to 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 was Colombia. Expect more countries to
A new section on
Mary in History was recently added
to our Resources index.
We have also added a new section on
Our section on
New Marian Poetry was also updated recently. Also, we have added a
prayer to Mary by St. Anselm to our section on Marian Prayers.
We've posted memorials to three long-time faculty members
who died recently:
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Documents, Pronouncements (Magisterial, doctrinal)
Ad Caeli Reginam: On Proclaiming the
Queenship of Mary
Encyclical of Pope Pius XII promulgated on
October 11, 1954. Issued on the feast of the Queenship of Mary, it summarizes the history of
devotion to Mary as Queen.
Spanish version at: www.multimedios.org/bec/etexts/adcr.htm
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Mary in the Secular
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 October 3-20.
- The Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Cardinal
Emmanuel Wamala, has asked Christians to pray hard and ask the Virgin Mary
to help end the war in Afghanistan and other religious wars all over the
world, Africa News said on October 20. The Archbishop was celebrating Mass
during the platinum jubilee for St. Thereza Bwanda girls’ primary and
secondary schools in Villa Maria parish, Masaka.
- The Roman Catholic community held its annual
procession and Mass for peace yesterday, a ceremony especially significant
in light of last month’s terrorist attacks on New York City and the
Pentagon and the U.S. attack on Afghanistan, the Providence RI
Journal-Bulletin wrote on October 9. A statue of the Virgin Mary was carried
in procession and one parishioner on the parade route set up an altar to the
Virgin Mary in his front yard. The annual event at St. Anne’s Church also
commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three children near the
village of Fatima in Portugal in 1917.
Ramona Diaz sprinkled water from
Fatima, Portugal, as she blessed her son at the Army National Guard Armory
in Visalia, the Fresno Bee said on October 13. Her son then left for combat
training at Fort Lewis, Washington. When she can’t sleep, worrying about
her son, Romano Diaz tiptoes to her favorite recliner and prays the rosary.
More than 150,000 Roman Catholics flocked to the
shrine of Fatima in Portugal amid heightened security to mark the
anniversary of the last apparition of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd
children, Channel NewsAsia said on October 14. The pilgrimage passed without
incident. Fatima is one of the few places where the Roman Catholic church
believes the Virgin Mary has appeared, in this case to shepherd children in
1917, the report said.
- Security is being stepped up for pilgrims gathering
at Fatima in Portugal this weekend, a brief item in the Mirror on October 12
said. Hundreds of thousands of people were expected at the shrine to mark
the 84th anniversary of the Virgin Mary’s fifth and final
appearance to three shepherd children.
Justin Del Llano’s drawing of Our Lady of Guadalupe
appearing before a peasant Indian in Mexico tells the centuries-old story of the
Virgin Mary’s deep roots in the culture, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times said
on October 13. Justin, 11, researched the story of the Virgin Mary’s
appearance to Juan Diego for an art contest sponsored by the Diocese of Corpus
Christi to increase awareness of Our Lady of Guadalupe and promote her feast day
celebration on December 12. His drawing was chosen from about 30 entries.
Guadalupita Ortiz, an Albuquerque artist specializing in
religious images, asked that parishioners at St. Thomas More Church in Chapel
Hill, N.C., pray for her as she worked on a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe
for their church, the Albuquerque Journal said on October 14. While she worked,
she listened to a recorded reading of the Holy Rosary by the Irish singer Dana
and her brother, a priest, and was inspired to paint roses around the figure of
Our Lady to represent the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries of the
Rosary. The life-sized portrait of Our Lady will be unveiled Sunday, December 9
at the church in a dedication ceremony.
- The nation is in good hands with its younger generation,
Fran Lucca wrote in the editorial page Opinions section of the Buffalo News
on October 18. He recalled leaving for the U.S. Naval Training Station two
years after Pearl Harbor and said "From that day until my return home,
a vigil light burned daily before the statue of the Blessed Virgin
- A large central chapel for Roman Catholic worshipers,
complete with statues of the Virgin Mary, is just a few steps from the
office of the secretary of a government agency along the Quezon Memorial
Circle, Dean Jorge Bocobo wrote in an opinion peace in the Philippine Daily
Inquirer October 8. "It is patently unconstitutional and hideously
hypocritical, considering the crimes of graft and corruption, incompetence
and dereliction of duty within earshot of the Our Father and within sight of
Holy Communion," he wrote.
- Our Lady of Vietnam Catholic Church in Riverdale is
holding its fourth annual Our Lady of Vietnam Festival through Sunday, the
Atlanta Journal and Constitution said on October 20. The event commemorates
the apparition of the Virgin Mary in Vietnam in the late 1700s to a group of
Vietnamese Catholics who, persecuted for their beliefs, took refuge in the
jungle. The event also honors 117 Catholic Vietnamese and European
missionaries who were executed by emperors in Vietnam during the 18th
and 19th centuries.
- What most visitors to the open house at Dar Al Hijrah
Islamic Center in Falls Church did not see were booklets such as
"Christianity: The Original and the Present Reality," suggesting
that Jesus was never crucified, that some Christians believe the Virgin Mary
was part of the Trinity and that Jesus prophesied in the Gospel of John the
coming of Muhammad, not the Holy Spirit, the Washington Times said on
October 4. A key to understanding Islam is knowing how it operates in one
way in countries that recognize a separation of church and state and in
completely another fashion in counties where mosque and state are one,
scholars say, the Times wrote.
- Belief in miracles should not be regarded as irrational
or unsophisticated, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told several
hundred parishioners from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at a
brunch October 14, the Associated Press said the following day. Scalia said
mainstream American intellectual thought wrongly assigns the story of Christ’s
resurrection, reports of weeping statues and visions of the Virgin Mary to
the realm of fantasy. He spoke at a convention center after joining other
public figures who were honored at the cathedral’s annual Red Mass, a
centuries-old Catholic tradition. Judges, lawyers and political leaders were
invited to Mass to draw divine inspiration in their daily lives.
- In Santa Fe, State District Judge James Hall turned
down a request to immediately remove a state museum exhibit containing the
image of a skimpily dressed Virgin Mary, making it likely the exhibit will
stand until its October 28 closing date. The exhibit titled "Cyber
Arte" will close four months earlier than originally planned, a
concession to those who were offended, and is expected to travel outside New
Mexico after it closes at the state Museum of International Folk Art. The
computer-generated image by artist Alma Lopez has drawn controversy since it
open February 25. Reported by the Providence RI Journal-Bulletin October 9
and the Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal October 11.
- The 3-foot concrete statue of the Virgin Mary stolen
from the front yard of Ed Madonia’s home has been returned, a black rosary
with a silver cross draped around its neck, the St. Petersburg Times said on
October 9. The statue was only slightly damaged; a left finger was chipped
as was the pedestal. Reported also by the Tampa Tribune on October 13.
- An Irish faith healer is putting her "healing
house" outside Castlecomer in Co Kilkenny up for sale because there isn’t
enough room for her and her hundreds of holy statues, the Sunday Mirror said
on October 7. Carmel Deighton, who claims her home has had numerous
visitations from the Virgin Mary, said the collection of statues of the
Virgin Mary and Padre Pio, some life size, are not included in the sale. She
and her husband are moving a short distance down the road where they hope to
build their new home, themed on the Virgin Mary.
- World War III is on the way, so is Jesus, and good will
triumph over evil is the message of the softly-spoken prophet of doom,
Sister Ruth, who made a lightning visit to the Province accompanied by a
four-foot statue of the Virgin Mary, the Belfast News Letter said on October
4. Sister Ruth, a Portuguese member of One in Christ, is traveling the world
to alert people to impending doom.
- On the last day of her life, Leonor Otero traveled to
Clearwater with the Virgin Mary on her mind and her sister, Maria, by her
side, the St. Petersburg Times said on October 3. The two women visited the
famous image that some people think looks like the Virgin Mary, on a
glass-walled building on Drew Street. Hours later, she and her husband were
gunned down in front of their house by two or three men who remain at large.
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