Posted January 17, 2002

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News from the ML/IMRI

Prayer Corner Apostolate

The Mary Page Prayer Corner is a powerful apostolate. As a regular feature the Prayer Corner displays the Holy Father’s monthly prayer intentions as well as the intention of the Marian Library, which typically reflects the spirit of the liturgical season.

Many visitors surfing the Mary Page share their prayer intentions with our readers, which are posted for 30 days. We are grateful to the Marianists, the Carmel of Terre Haute, Indiana, the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary who entrust the many intentions submitted to Mary Page daily during their adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. In addition, a prayer circle consisting of more than 20 lay people who remember these intentions in their daily prayers supports Mary Page Prayer Corner. We invite you to take advantage of our Mary Page Prayer Corner!

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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

"MARIA" by Guido Dettoni della Grazia

The permanent installation of MARIA, a sculptural sacred artwork by Italian Artist Guido Dettoni della Grazia, will be inaugurated in the beautiful Church of Santa Maria delle Rose on 19th January 2002 to coincide with the visit to Assisi of the Holy Father Pope John Paul for the World Prayer for Peace Day on 24th January 2002.

This magnificent artwork has been traveling the world and reawakening spirituality through the universal language of art. Visitors are invited to touch, feel, and experience the sculptures, made of 33 precious woods from all over the world.

Especially composed music from the Sacred Convent of Saint Francis in Assisi will accompany this event, along with the fragrance of the trees of Palma de Mallorca, Spain where the story of MARIA began in 1998.

Guido Dettoni della Grazia continues to generate awareness of Mary and encourage Marian devotion with his special work. More information and photos on Guido Dettoni's work can be seen on

Organization responsible for event - Nesher Cultural Association address - Piazza A. Capponi, 9
City - ROME, ITALY 00193
Phone/ fax +39 66832406 - ROME, ITALY
Contact emails: and
Contact people: Rosa Maria Falvo and Marina Lepori


Angelus Address on Fourth Sunday of Advent

Joseph "an Authentic Man of Faith"

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 23, 2001 (

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

1. Today we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent, while preparations are well under way for the feast of Christmas. The Word of God in the liturgy helps us to concentrate our attention on the meaning of this fundamental salvific event, which is, at once, historic and supernatural.

"Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel: God-with-us" (Isaiah 7:14). This prophecy of Isaiah is of capital importance in the economy of salvation. It assures us that "God himself" will give King David a descendent as a "sign" of his fidelity. This promise was realized with the birth of Jesus from the Virgin Mary.

2. Therefore, to benefit from the meaning and gift of grace of Christmas, now imminent, we must hasten to the school of Our Lady and her husband Joseph, whom we contemplate in ecstatic adoration of the newborn Messiah in the manger.

In today's Gospel page, Matthew highlights Joseph's role, whom he describes as a "righteous" man (Matthew 1:19), underling by this fact how he was entirely given to fulfilling the will of God. Precisely because of this inner justice, which in the last analysis coincides with love, Joseph does not decide to repudiate Mary, when he learns of her incipient pregnancy. He resolves to "divorce her quietly" (Matthew 1:19), but the angel of the Lord asks him not to fear and to take her to himself.

Another essential aspect of St. Joseph's personality emerges here: He is a man open to hear God in prayer. He learns from the angel that "it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her" (Matthew 1:20), according to the ancient prophecy: "Behold, a virgin will conceive," and he is quick to accept God's plans, which surpass human limitations.

3. In sum, like his wife Mary, Joseph can be described as an authentic man of faith. Faith joins justice and prayer, and this is the most ideal attitude to encounter Emmanuel, the God-with-us. In fact, to believe means to live in history open to God's initiative, to the creative force of his Word, who became flesh in Christ, uniting himself forever to our humanity. Thus, the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph help us to celebrate in a fruitful way the birth of the Redeemer.

Excerpts of John Paul II´s Address Before the Angelus - Children, Too, Must Be Missionaries

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 6, 2002 (

Following a Mass during which 10 new bishops were consecrated, John Paul II prayed the Angelus from his library window with several thousand pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

1. The solemnity of Epiphany emphasizes the universality of the Church and her missionary vocation. The Church exults today because "the true light that enlightens every man" has been manifested to all peoples (John 1:9).

Like Mary, she rejoices to see people of all races, nations and cultures enter the humble cave of Bethlehem to adore the Son of God. At the same time, increasingly she feels the urgency to be "light," to spread the salvific message to all peoples. The missionary mandate is for all believers, called to proclaim and witness to the mystery of salvation that was fulfilled in the incarnation, death and resurrection of Christ.

2. Today the Church entrusts the task of evangelization especially to children. This is the meaning of Children’s World Missionary Day, which this year has the motto "Enkindle Hope," and commits "missionary children" to spread the light of solidarity especially where the darkness of poverty, suffering and war are particularly dense. Children’s missionary support is particularly dear to the numerous missionaries who, faithful to Christ’s mandate, work to spread the Good News to the furthest corners of the earth. Our gratitude, coupled with our constant prayer to the Lord, is directed to each one of these intrepid evangelizers.

3. Some Eastern Churches, such as the Russian Orthodox Church and the venerable Oriental Churches, such as the Coptic, Ethiopian and Armenian, today celebrate the Nativity of Jesus Christ. I address my best wishes to them and assure them of my constant prayer.

May the heavenly Mother of God, on whose lap is the Wisdom of the Father, obtain for all Christians the gift of full communion, and the gift of peace for all. Thanks to her intercession, may every person of good will be illuminated by the vivifying light of the mystery of the Lord’s Nativity.

Mosque Construction Halted; Formal Solution Now Awaited

JERUSALEM, JAN. 9, 2002 (

The Israeli government decided today to halt the construction of the Nazareth mosque, Israel's public radio reported. The mosque is promoted by a local Muslim fundamentalist group, which began its construction in front of the Basilica of the Annunciation.

In recent months, the Vatican, as well as leaders of Jerusalem's Christian communities and of other countries, requested the Israeli government to halt the project, which is seen as a provocation by the Islamic group. On several occasions in the past, promoters of the mosque's construction physically attacked pilgrims leaving the Basilica of the Annunciation. Yasser Arafat and other Muslim leaders oppose the building project. The foundations of the planned Muslim center were laid in mid-November, on a plot that is public land. Israel approved the construction of the mosque in 1999, but set limits to its dimensions.

Papal General Audience Address of Jan. 2

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 10, 2002 (

On Jan. 2, at the first general audience of the year, John Paul II continued his reflections on the mystery of the Incarnation. The Pope also urged prayers for peace. Here are his closing words:

"Let us enter the new year with confidence, imitating the faith and docility of Mary, who keeps and ponders in her heart (Lk 2,19) all the marvels that happened under her eyes. God himself, through his Only-begotten Son, brings about the full and definitive salvation of all humanity.

Let us contemplate the Virgin as she cradles Jesus in her arms, to give him to all mankind. Like her, let us contemplate and cherish in our hearts the great things that God does day by day in history. Thus we will learn to recognize in our daily lives the constant intervention of divine Providence that guides everything with wisdom and love.

Once again, I wish you a Happy New Year!"

Excerpt of the address John Paul II gave today before leading the midday Angelus for pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square. He gave it in Italian.

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 13, 2002 (

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

This year also, I have had the joy of baptizing some children on today's feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Gospels place this event at the beginning of Jesus' public life. .... An important meeting of preparation is being held in Toronto these days for the 17th World Youth Day, which will take place in that city this coming month of July. ...

I entrust to Mary the preparation and development of the next World Youth Day. I also invoke her maternal protection for the children I baptized this morning, so that together with their parents, godfathers and godmothers they will grow as faithful disciples of the Lord. As the liturgical time of Christmas and the Epiphany comes to an end, may Our Lady help us all to continue on our way in that light of truth and love that Christ brought to humanity with his birth at Bethlehem.

Sharon Opposes Construction of Nazareth Mosque

U.S. Bishops Hail the Decision

ROME, JAN. 14, 2002 (

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he was opposed to the construction of the mosque in Nazareth, according to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

"I am completely against the construction of a mosque in that place, near the Basilica of the Annunciation," Sharon was quoted saying. "It would be a provocation. It can be constructed in another place. I hope this will be my government's final position."

The Israeli government decided last Wednesday to halt construction work on the mosque. The mosque is promoted by a local fundamentalist Muslim group. Yasser Arafat opposes the project.

U.S. Catholic bishops sent a message to congratulate Sharon on the decision. In a statement signed on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Wilton Gregory of Belleville, Illinois, recalled that the building of the mosque was an ongoing source of grave concern for the Holy See and for Christian leaders throughout the world.

The statement reads: "The decision, [to stop the building] which is in accord with Israeli law, reflects an appreciation of the deep religious significance of the basilica for Christians around the world and reassures us of the Israeli government’s full commitment to fulfill its responsibilities toward the Holy Places, particularly with regard to ensuring the status quo."

Speaking to the Vatican agency Fides, Father David Jaeger, Israel Franciscan of the Holy Land Custody, commented that that "at stake here is the future of relations between Christians and Jews."

Father Raed Abusahlia, of the offices of the Latin patriarchate of Jerusalem, said that what is needed is a solution to satisfy both parties. "The unity and fraternity between Moslems and Christians in the city should be the winner at the end," he told Fides. He suggested the opening of a center for interreligious studies.

"The mausoleum of Shihab El-Din [a Muslim leader who fought Christians crusaders] should be restored and very well decorated and another big and beautiful mosque should be built somewhere else in Nazareth," said Father Raed.

Nathan Chtcharansky, Israeli Minister of Habitat and Construction, has been appointed head of a commission that will propose a solution to the government within two weeks.

Papal Message for World Day of the Sick 2002

To Be Held in Marian Shrine of Vailankanny, India, on Feb. 11

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 14, 2002 (

Following is John Paul II's Message for the World Day of the Sick 2002, which will take place at a Marian pilgrimage center in southern India, the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Health at Vailankanny, known as "the Lourdes of the East."

Excerpts of the message of the Holy Father

For the World Day of the Sick

For the Year 2002

1. For some years February 11, the day on which the Church commemorates the apparition of Our Lady at Lourdes, has fittingly come to be associated with an important event: the celebration of the World Day of the Sick. The year 2002 marks the tenth such celebration, which will take place at the well-known Marian pilgrimage center in South India, the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Health at Vailankanny, known as "the Lourdes of the East" (Angelus, July 31,1988). Sure of the Divine Mother's unfailing help in their needs, with profound devotion and trust millions flock to this Shrine situated on the shore of the Bay of Bengal amid the calm surroundings of palm groves. Vailankanny attracts not only Christian pilgrims but also many followers of other religions, especially Hindus, who see in Our Lady of Good Health the caring and compassionate Mother of suffering humanity. In a land of such ancient and deep religiosity like India, this Shrine dedicated to the Mother of God is truly a meeting-point for members of different religions, and an outstanding example of inter-religious harmony and exchange. … 

Solidly rooted in charity, Christian health care institutions continue Jesus' own mission of caring for the weak and the sick. As places where the culture of life is affirmed and secured, I am confident that they will continue to meet the expectations that every suffering member of humanity has placed in them. I pray that Mary, Health of the Sick, will continue to grant her loving protection to all who are wounded in body and spirit, and will intercede for those who care for them. May she help us to unite our sufferings with those of her Son as we journey in joyful hope to the safety of the Father's House.

From Castel Gandolfo, August 6, 2001

From L’Osservatore Romano

From L’Osservatore Romano January 2 & 9, 2002

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Marian Events  

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

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New Resources

The graphical appearance and structure of Mary Page has been redesigned.  Let us know what you think.  Your comments are appreciated. 

"Epiphany - East and West" was added to our Meditations menu.

We have added the text of the Hail Mary and the Our Father in Highland Scots-Gaelic as well as a link to an audio recitation to The Hail Mary in Various Languages section of our Resources index.  The section on New Marian Poetry has been updated and  an on-line coloring book about Mary for children was also added. 

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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.

Mary in the secular press from December 25, 2001 through January 7, 2002.

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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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