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January 4, 2002

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News from the ML/IMRI

Schedule of IMRI Courses for the Winter Semester

The International Marian Research Institute will be offering a selection of seminar courses in Theology on the University Dayton campus during the Winter 2001 Semester.  For more details, click into Current Courses.

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Current Exhibit

Beginning this Spring semester, the exhibit titled "Three Generations of Chicana Art" will take place at the University of Dayton's Rike Gallery, within the Visual Arts Department and at the Roesch Library's first floor Gallery.  An ancillary exhibition, "The Virgin de Guadalupe in Chicano Art" including the artists' Marian imagery, is proposed for exhibit at The Marian Library / International Marian Research Institute on the seventh floor of Roesch.  All exhibits will take place January 8, 2002 to February 15, 2002.  The women's art represents thirty years of feminist and identity-based examinations into contemporary Chicano and American art traditions.  Posters, prints, paintings, as well as mixed media sculpted paper forms and altar-installations will be on view.  

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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


Child´s Cure Attests to Padre Pio´s Sanctity

Capuchin Friar to Be Canonized

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 20, 2001 (

John Paul II today approved the canonical decree of recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Pio da Pietrelcina (1887-1968).

The miracle happened to Matteo Pio Colella, 7, son of a doctor who works in the House for Relief of Suffering, the hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo founded by the Capuchin friar.

On the night of June 20, 2000, Matteo Colella was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital with galloping meningitis. By the next morning, doctors had lost all hope for him. Additional surgery seemed pointless since nine of the boy's vital organs had ceased to give signs of life.

Then, that night, during a prayer vigil attended by Matteo's mother and some Capuchin friars of Padre Pio's monastery, the child's condition improved suddenly, startling the doctors.

When he awoke from the coma, Matteo said that he had seen an elderly man with a white beard and a long, brown habit, who said to him: "Don't worry, you will soon be cured."

Francesco Forgione (Padre Pio's baptismal name) was born in Pietrelcina, Italy, on May 25, 1887. He took his perpetual vows as a Capuchin friar in 1907, and was ordained a priest in 1910. In 1918, he received the stigmata of Christ's passion. He died at 81, on Sept. 23, 1968.

John Paul II beatified the Capuchin on May 2, 1999. The Pope will decide on the canonization date.

No More Mysteries in Fatima Secret, Sister Lucia Says

Confirms That Russia Has Been Consecrated to the Virgin Mary

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 20, 2001 (

Sister Maria Lucia said that the secret of Fatima does not refer to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, that its contents have been completely revealed by the Holy See, and that Russia has been consecrated to the Virgin Mary, as Our Lady requested.

The sole survivor of the visionaries of the Marian apparitions made this statement Nov. 17 to Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The content of the meeting between the Vatican aide and the elderly visionary, held at her convent in Coimbra, Portugal, was published today by the Vatican Press Office.

The text of the document states: "In recent months, especially following the sad events of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, articles appeared in newspapers alleging new revelations by Sister Lucia, announcements of letters of warning to the Pope, and apocalyptic reinterpretations of the Fatima message."

"Moreover, emphasis was placed on the suspicion that the Holy See had not published the entire text of the third part of the secret, and some 'Fatimist' movements have repeated the accusation that the Holy Father has yet to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary," the document continues.

As a result, the Vatican note clarifies, it was considered necessary that Archbishop Bertone go personally "to clarify and obtain direct information from the visionary."

The meeting was held in the presence of Father Luis Kondor, vice postulator of the cause of Blessed Francisco and Jacinta, and of the prioress of St. Teresa's Carmelite Convent.

The conversation took place on the afternoon of Nov. 17 and lasted more than two hours. "Sister Lucia, who will be 95 on March 22, was in great form -- lucid and vivacious," the Vatican envoy said.

The meeting addressed the question of the third part of the secret of Fatima. The Portuguese religious said that she had read "carefully and meditated on the fascicle published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and confirms everything that is written," the Vatican statement noted.

When the archbishop explained that there are doubts that part of the secret remains unknown, Sister Lucia replied: "Everything has been published; there are no more secrets."

"If I had received new revelations, I would not have communicated them to anyone, but I would have told them directly to the Holy Father," the religious added.

The group then spoke about the statements of Nicholas Gruner, a Canadian priest suspended "a divinis," who is collecting signatures insisting that the Pope finally consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and alleging that this has never been done.

Sister Lucia told the archbishop: "The Carmel Community has rejected the forms for the collection of signatures. I have already said that the consecration requested by Our Lady was done in 1984, and it has been accepted in heaven."

Lastly, the conversation turned to Sister Lucia's personal life. Some articles in the press suggested that her concern robbed her of sleep and that she was praying night and day.

The religious answered: "It's not true. How would I be able to pray during the day if I did not sleep at night? How many things they attribute to me! How many things they make me do! They should read my book ["The Appeals of the Fatima Message"]; the advice and appeals that correspond to Our Lady's wishes are there. Prayer and penance, with great faith in God's power, will save the world."

Pope Urges Christians to Be Witnesses of Peace This Christmas

"Disarming Love of the Manger" Overcomes Violence, He Says

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 19, 2001 (

John Paul II appealed to Christians to be witnesses of peace this Christmas, a time marked especially by conflicts in the Holy Land and Afghanistan.

"In a word, to invoke the coming of him who brings peace to the world means to open oneself with docility to the liberating truth and the renewing force of the Gospel," the Holy Father told the 7,000 pilgrims attending the general audience today.

The Pontiff dedicated his address to liturgical proposals offered by the Christmas novena, invitations "to conversion and to a docile welcome of the Christmas mystery."

"In the face of the tensions and violence that, unfortunately, also these days ravage various parts of the earth, including the Holy Land, unique witness of the mystery of the Birth of Jesus, it is necessary for us Christians to make the message of peace that comes from the cave in Bethlehem resound ever more forcefully," the Pope said in Paul VI Hall.

"We must be converted to peace; we must be converted to Christ, our peace, with the certainty that his disarming love in the manger overcomes every dark menace and plan of violence," the Holy Father explained.

"Is not this, in fact, the greeting we would like to exchange in the coming Christmas celebrations?" John Paul II asked. "Only in this way will Christmas be a feast of joy and encounter with the Savior who gives us peace."

"Christ is our peace," the Pope reiterated. "May his peace renew every ambit of our daily life. May it ... permeate families, so that before the crib or gathered around the Christmas tree, they will reinforce their faithful communion; may it reign in cities, nations, and in the international community and spread to every corner of the world."

Drug Addict Proves Mexican Indian Juan Diego´s Sanctity

Official Recognition of Miracle of Visionary of Guadalupe


John Paul II today approved the canonical decree recognizing the miracle attributed to the intercession of Juan Diego, the Mexican Indian who witnessed the apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531.

The miracle, which occurred on May 6, 1990, at the very moment the Holy Father was proclaiming Juan Diego blessed, changed the life of drug addict Juan José Barragán Silva.

Barragán, then in his 20s, had been using marijuana for five years. That day, exasperated and under the drug's influence, he stabbed himself with a knife in his mother's presence, and went to a balcony to throw himself over.

His mother tried to hold him by the legs, but he managed to free himself and plunged head first to the ground. He then was rushed to the intensive care unit of Durango Hospital in Mexico City.

J.H. Hernández Illescas, regarded internationally as one of the best specialists in the field of neurology, and two other specialists, described the case as "unheard of, amazing, and inconceivable."

Other medical experts who were consulted could not explain the case, given the height of the balcony (10 meters), the youth's weight (70 kilos, or 154 pounds), and the angle of impact (70 degrees).

Suddenly and inexplicably, three days after the fall, Barragán was completely cured.

Subsequent examinations confirmed that he had no neurological or psychic effects, and the doctors concluded that his cure was "scientifically inexplicable."

Medical experts say the youth should have died in the fall, or at least been left seriously handicapped.

Esperanza, the youth's mother, said that when her son was falling she entrusted him to God and the Virgin of Guadalupe. Invoking Juan Diego, she implored: "Give me a proof ... save this son of mine! And you, my Mother, listen to Juan Diego."

The miracle should be the decisive factor in the recognition of Juan Diego's sanctity.

Cuauhtlatoatzin -- this was Juan Diego's Indian name -- was born in 1474. He was converted to Christianity between 1524-25 and was baptized, together with his wife, by Franciscan missionary Friar Toribio de Benavente.

On Dec. 9, 1531, 10 years after the conquest of Tenochtitlan, today's Mexico City, Juan Diego witnessed the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin on Tepeyac hill.

Our Lady spoke to him in Nahuatl, his native tongue, and used affectionate language, calling him "Juanito, Juan Dieguito" -- "the littlest of my children," "my little son."

According to tradition, there were five apparitions, the last being on Dec. 12. That day, as his uncle was seriously ill, Juan Diego went to find a priest. He went around the hill so the Blessed Virgin would not see him, but she came looking for him, and calmed him about his uncle's illness: "I give you absolute certainty that he is already cured," she said.

Pointing to some flowers, and asking Juan Diego to gather them, the Virgin Mary continued: "My dearest little son, these different flowers are the proof, the sign that you will take to the bishop. On my behalf, tell him to please see in them my wish and, therefore, to do my will." The Virgin's wish was the construction of a shrine in her name.

Once in Bishop Fray Juan de Zumárraga's residence, Juan Diego showed him the roses he carried in his "ayate." As the flowers fell out, the image of Mary suddenly appeared on the fabric. Juan Diego's "tilma" continues to be studied by scientists, who are unable to explain how the image was imprinted.

In the decade preceding the apparitions, Franciscans and missionaries converted 250,000 to 300,000 Indians in Mexico. After the apparitions, 8 million people were converted in just seven years.

From L’Osservatore Romano December 19 & 26

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Marian Events  

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

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New Resources

A section on international stamps with images of Mary has been added to our Resources index.  The latest added was Dominican Republic.  Expect more countries to follow.  

A Multilingual Marian Bibliography for 2001 was added to our Resources.

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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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