Mary Page News

November 2, 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

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 on an image to enlarge it and get further information.

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New Art Exhibit

NOW being exhibited at The Marian Library Gallery: 
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.  We have now posted the current exhibit in our on-line Gallery.

October 15, 2001 - January 4, 2002
Monday through Friday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Telephone: (937) 229-4214 or (937) 229-1431.

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Schedule of IMRI Courses for the Fall Semester

The 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 Current Courses.

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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.  

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 World

Apparitions of Virgin Reported in Iraq Near Nineveh

Source: Spirit - Spiritual News from Around the World

The reported apparitions began on the Feast of the Assumption in 1991 to a 14-year-old Syrian Orthodox girl named Dina Basher who claimed that on one occasion Our Lord came to her in a bright light, blinding her for several days. There was also stigmata: In Baghdad three bishops saw the blood flow from Dina. At first oil had exuded from Dina's skin, but at one point a voice told her that "a day will come when blood will come out of your hands," as it then did. The girl also saw Jesus with a golden crown and shining white robe or with white rays around His head. The Patriarch has issued a decree referring to the happenings as "astounding miracles and wonders" and the Bishop of Baghdad has described the phenomena as a manifestation of God's living power.

Related Links (Stigmata):

Blessed Padre Pio - The First Stigmatized Priest (1887-1968)

Pope John Paul II and Padre Pio are old friends. On his first visit to Padre Pio, John Paul II was just a simple priest and it was then that Padre Pio told him he would, one day, become Pope and that he would be covered in his own blood. Both prophecies have come to pass!

Exhibition on Black Madonnas 

Bringing the Dark Madonna to Light: Contemporary Interpretations

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, visit  This exhibit is free and open to the public. 


Conclusion O The Papal Address Before Midday Angelus

Pope Refers to Synod, and Situation in Afghanistan and Holy Land  

The month of October is coming to an end, during which our Marian devotion was expressed with particular intensity in the recitation of the holy rosary, to implore the Lord for peace. At this time we especially entrust to the maternal protection of the Virgin Most Holy the peoples of Afghanistan: May innocent lives be spared, and may the international community give timely and effective help to so many refugees, exposed to privations of all kinds as the inclement season approaches.

Neither can we forget all those who continue to suffer violence and death in the Holy Land, particularly in the Holy Places, so dear to the Christian faith. May Mary, Queen of Peace, help all to lay down their arms and finally begin resolutely on the path toward a just and lasting peace.

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 28, 2001 (

Conclusion of the Synod’s Final Message on Figure of the Bishop

Spes nostra, salve!

Most Holy Mary, Mother of Christ, you are Mother of the Church,

Mother of the all the living. You are the Mother of Hope.

We know you accompany us always on the pathways of history. Intercede for all the peoples of the earth, so that they may find, in justice, forgiveness and peace, the strength to love one another as members of a single family!

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 26, 2001 (  

Russians Hear More About John Paul II´s Connection to Fatima

Papal Visit One Step Closer, Journalist Speculates

MOSCOW, OCT. 29, 2001 (

On Oct. 16, the 23rd anniversary of John Paul II's pontificate, Aura Miguel, the most prominent Portuguese journalist in the Vatican press corps, presented her book "The Secret That Leads the Pope" in Moscow.

The thesis of Miguel's book is that John Paul II's papacy is mysteriously sustained -- led, as the title says -- by the Secret of Fatima.

Many, particularly in the Catholic world, know the story of the apparitions of Mary in Cova da Iria, Fatima, Portugal, which began May 13, 1917, and continued for six months, always on the 13th of the month (except in August, when the three children were imprisoned by the town's mayor).

Scores of books in many languages have been written on Fatima, but few have traced the connections between the Fatima apparitions and the papacy of Karol Wojtyla.

By presenting her book in Russia, Miguel has revealed a link between the life and work of John Paul II and the Secret of Fatima that most Russian people had never heard of, until now.

The book begins with the Pope's regaining consciousness in the hospital after the assassination attempt in May 1981. One of those close to the Holy Father reminded him that the date of the assassination attempt was precisely the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.

Despite his precarious condition, John Paul II immediately requested that all of the documents regarding the mystery of Fatima be brought to him.

The author speaks of the "clamorous" experience of the Pope, of his "entering into the mystery" by means of a bullet, of his attempts to follow the instructions given by Mary in her later apparitions of 1925, 1926 and 1929; of his correspondence with Sister Lucia, the sole surviving visionary, who only after the consecration carried out in 1984 confirmed the fulfillment, in her view, of the Virgin's requests.

The author did not know the contents of the third secret when she published the first edition of the book and did not wait for the Holy Father to make it public. The subsequent revelation of the secret, however, only confirmed the thesis of the book, which was then reissued, with the new information and explanatory notes.

In a subsequent interview, on the Holy Father's role in the fall of Communism, John Paul II, somewhat mysteriously, spoke of the message of Fatima, stressing that three young girls could not have understood or interpreted what they had heard. They were ignorant, did not know geography, history or the social changes that were occurring at that time, he said.

"Perhaps this is also why the Pope was called from a faraway country," the Holy Father said, "and perhaps this is also why there had to be the assassination attempt in St. Peter's Square on the very day of May 13, 1981... so that all would become more transparent and understandable, so that the voice of God, which speaks in the history of men through 'the signs of the times,' could be more easily heard and understood."

Aura Miguel added, "If the Pope believes that the assassination attempt was useful, this usefulness benefits all Christians, in the East and the West. It is also, then, thanks to the protective hand of the Virgin -- which deflected the bullet -- that we have had a pontificate in which the constant desire has been a unified Europe, which, even in its diversity, breathes with two lungs, Rome and Byzantium."  

Though it cannot be known in this world whether it is really through this inexplicable connection between Fatima and the papacy of John Paul II that Communism fell and that Russia has opened itself to a more democratic and free regime, it is clear that, through these events, the formerly persecuted Christians in the East have benefited.

A brief address by Viktor Popkov, the director of the book's Russian publishing house, confirmed this benefit, saying many Russian Christians look with hope to the mystery of Fatima, which speaks of a Russia which must "free herself from her errors."

Guadalupe´s Juan Diego Might Be Canonized Next Year

MEXICO CITY, OCT. 30, 2001 ( 

Mexican television reports that the Vatican has approved the canonization of Juan Diego, the Indian who witnessed the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in December 1531.

According to unofficial sources quoted Monday by Televisa's "El Noticiero," the Pope will proclaim Juan Diego a saint sometime in 2002.

In an interview, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, archbishop of Mexico City and primate of the country, said the medical and theological commissions of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved the miracle, a requisite for a canonization.

The process "is going very well," the cardinal said, although he gave no specific dates for a possible canonization.

"I Owe So Much to Mary!" Says Father Marcial Maciel

Reflections of Founder of Legionaries of Christ

ROME, OCT. 30, 2001 (

John Paul II appealed to the faithful to pray in a special way during October to the Blessed Virgin for world peace. Here, ZENIT publishes some reflections on Mary by Father Marcial Maciel, founder and general director of the Legionaries of Christ and the Regnum Christi Movement.

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To speak of Mary is very pleasing and joyful, because it is to speak of someone I love profoundly and who has always been present in my life with her mother's love, especially in the most painful moments.

I owe so much to Mary! I cannot forget that it was she who showed me my priestly vocation one day in May, many years ago, when I had just celebrated my 14th birthday. It was she who received my priestly ordination in Tepeyac. It was she who, despite my natural resistance to accept God's plan for the foundation of the Legion of Christ, made me bow my head with the example of her unconditional fiat on the day of the Incarnation.

From the very beginning, she has always protected this work of hers and has accompanied me at the foot of the cross, as a light and source of unshakeable hope in my life as founder. In a word, during all this difficult journey of life I have had Mary very close to me, my sweet heavenly Mother, as a gentle but firm shepherdess who has known how to guide my steps!

The Holy Spirit made me perceive, from an early age, the moral beauty of Mary. I have admired her, contemplating her at the instant of the Incarnation of the Word as the most exalted and beautiful creature, the one most adorned by virtues. Her loving and unconditional fiat was for me the most perfect synthesis of a creature in relation to her Creator.

This fiat has been the beacon that has guided my life in my daily journeying toward the eternal goal indicated by my Lord. This perception of Mary was so profound, that it seemed to be the best explanation for why she was my mother -- mother of my vocation and of my future priesthood.

I have always felt immensely proud to have such a mother, and I have always felt a vital need anchored in my soul to approach her for help against threats to my faith, for comfort in the face of difficulties and for the continual nourishment given by the simplicity and sublimity of her example.

From my earliest youth, the Lord gave me the grace to discern between devotion and devotions. This is why I understood that true devotion to Mary could be nothing less than the determined imitation of her virtues, as a son shows his closeness to his mother the more he is like her in his way of thinking, loving and acting.

If the Most Holy Virgin is the most perfect model of love of Jesus Christ, of intense dedication to his service, of loyal collaboration with his redeeming work, my ideal as a Christian and priest could not be otherwise.

From my own experience, I am convinced that when Mary takes possession of a soul, of a consecrated or priestly vocation, of a family or personal plan for spiritual perfection, it is very difficult for the devil to triumph, for she is the best shield to defend us from Satan's snares.

Moreover, I know that whatever I ask her with simplicity and spontaneity, free of contrivance or false mysticism, she obtains for me from God, and I tangibly feel her help and protection.

Mary! My whole life has been enveloped by her loving and maternal mantle; her embrace and her Mother's warmth are sealed upon my heart.

Models of Fashion -- and Dignity -- Meet Pope

John Paul II Receives Members of Turris Eburnea Association

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 31, 2001 (

John Paul II has had millions of photographs taken in his 23-year pontificate -- but never surrounded by fashion models.

He did that this morning, as a way to encourage the dignity of women. The young women around him were models of the Turris Eburnea association, who live in the world of entertainment without giving up their Christian values.

The group originated in Turin, Italy, and is inspired by Mary under the title of "Tower of Ivory." Members offer witness in fashion parades and artistic activities.

At the end of today's general audience, John Paul II congratulated the women for the "significant apostolic work carried out by their association in support of the formation of youth."

The Holy Father said their witness is particularly important for youth given the latter's "emotional problems and preparation for marriage."

"I hope this witness will bring abundant spiritual fruits in benefit of the people of God," the Pope added.

During Turris Eburnea fashion shows, the models try to project the idea that a woman's external beauty is a reflection of her internal dignity.

"This is not just about fashion parades but also ideas," said Elena, a dark-haired 17-year-old.

"To be modern, to be well groomed, is not opposed to our search for interior growth," she said. She added that her and her comrades don't just portray "hollow mannequins but integral women who are enriched by values."

From L’Osservatore Romano October 3-17

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Marian Events

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

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New Resources

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 follow.

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.

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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.

Not posted this week.  Expect an update to this section next week.

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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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