Posted January 25, 2002

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Prayer Corner Apostolate

The Mary Page Prayer Corner is a powerful apostolate. As a regular feature the Prayer Corner displays the Holy Fatherís 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

Currently being exhibited in the Marian Library through February 15, 2000 is The Virgen de Guadalupe in Chicana Art.  This is an auxiliary display to an exhibit, entitled Three Generations of Chicana Art, now being seen in the University of Dayton Rike Gallery and the Roesch Exhibit Gallery.  Professor Judith Huacuja Pearson of the Department of Visual Arts at the University manages the exhibits. 

Digitized photos of the items on display in the Marian Library can be seen under Current Exhibit in our Gallery section.

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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

ZENIT

Mexico Beginning to Prepare for Possible Papal Visit

MEXICO CITY, JAN. 21, 2002 (Zenit.org)

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera revealed that preparations are already under way for John Paul II's possible visit to Mexico to canonize Juan Diego. The Pope's fifth visit to Mexico, which is not yet officially confirmed by the Vatican, might take place July 29, following World Youth Day in Toronto. The archbishop primate of Mexico told the press Sunday that there are two things that could impede the Holy Father's visit: a deterioration of his health or a delay in the canonization. The cardinal said he is confident the Pope will make the trip. He also said the Holy Father himself has expressed his determination and desire to visit Mexico for the sole purpose of canonizing Juan Diego, the Indian who witnessed the apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas said that the Holy Father's visit would strengthen the Church in Mexico and be a historic recognition of Indian peoples.

Message for World Communications Day 2002

Internet a New Forum for Proclaiming the Gospel, Pope Says

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 22, 2002 (Zenit.org)

"Internet: A New Forum for Proclaiming the Gospel" is the motto chosen by John Paul II for the 36th World Communications Day, which will be held this year on May 12. Following is the text of the papal message written for this occasion.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

1. The Church in every age continues the work begun on the day of Pentecost, when the Apostles, in the power of the Holy Spirit, went forth into the streets of Jerusalem to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in many tongues (cf. Acts 2:5-11). Through the succeeding centuries, this evangelizing mission spread to the far corners of the earth, as Christianity took root in many places and learned to speak the diverse languages of the world, always in obedience to Christ's command to preach the Gospel to every nation (cf. Mt 28:19-20).

However, the history of evangelization is not just a matter of geographic expansion, for the Church has also had to cross many cultural thresholds, each of which called for fresh energy and imagination in proclaiming the one Gospel of Jesus Christ. The age of the great discoveries, the Renaissance and the invention of printing, the Industrial Revolution and the birth of the modern world: these, too, were threshold moments that demanded new forms of evangelization. Now, with the communications and information revolution in full swing, the Church stands unmistakably at another decisive gateway. It is fitting, therefore, that on this World Communications Day 2002 we should reflect on the subject: "Internet: A New Forum for Proclaiming the Gospel."

2. The Internet is certainly a new "forum" understood in the ancient Roman sense of that public space where politics and business were transacted, where religious duties were fulfilled, where much of the social life of the city took place, and where the best and the worst of human nature was on display.  It was a crowded and bustling urban space, which both reflected the surrounding culture and created a culture of its own. This is no less true of cyberspace, which is as it were a new frontier opening up at the beginning of this new millennium. Like the new frontiers of other times, this one, too, is full of the interplay of danger and promise, and not without the sense of adventure which marked other great periods of change. For the Church the new world of cyberspace is a summons to the great adventure of using its potential to proclaim the Gospel message. This challenge is at the heart of what it means at the beginning of the millennium to follow the Lord's command to "put out into the deep": Duc in altum! (Lk 5:4).

3. The Church approaches this new medium with realism and confidence. Like other communications media, it is a means, not an end in itself. The Internet can offer magnificent opportunities for evangelization, if used with competence and a clear awareness of its strengths and weaknesses. Above all, by providing information and stirring interest, it makes possible an initial encounter with the Christian message, especially among the young who increasingly turn to the world of cyberspace as a window on the world. It is important, therefore, that the Christian community think of very practical ways of helping those who first make contact through the Internet, to move from the virtual world of cyberspace to the real world of Christian community.

At a subsequent stage, the Internet can also provide the kind of follow-up that evangelization requires. Especially in an unsupportive culture, Christian living calls for continuing instruction and catechesis, and this is perhaps the area in which the Internet can provide excellent help. There already exist on the Net countless sources of information, documentation, and education about the Church, her history and tradition, her doctrine and her engagement in every field in all parts of the world. It is clear, then, that while the Internet can never replace that profound experience of God which only the living, liturgical, and sacramental life of the Church can offer, it can certainly provide a unique supplement and support in both preparing for the encounter with Christ in community, and sustaining the new believer in the journey of faith which then begins.

4. There are nevertheless certain necessary, even obvious, questions which arise in using the Internet in the cause of evangelization. The essence of the Internet, in fact, is that it provides an almost unending flood of information, much of which passes in a moment. In a culture which feeds on the ephemeral there can easily be a risk of believing that it is facts that matter, rather than values. The Internet offers extensive knowledge, but it does not teach values; and when values are disregarded, our very humanity is demeaned and man easily loses sight of his transcendent dignity. Despite its enormous potential for good, some of the degrading and damaging ways in which the Internet can be used are already obvious to all, and public authorities surely have a responsibility to guarantee that this marvelous instrument serves the common good and does not become a source of harm.

Furthermore, the Internet radically redefines a person's psychological relationship to time and space. Attention is riveted on what is tangible, useful, instantly available; the stimulus for deeper thought and reflection may be lacking. Yet human beings have a vital need for time and inner quiet to ponder and examine life and its mysteries, and to grow gradually into a mature dominion of themselves and of the world around them. Understanding and wisdom are the fruit of a contemplative eye upon the world, and do not come from a mere accumulation of facts, no matter how interesting. They are the result of an insight which penetrates the deeper meaning of things in relation to one another and to the whole of reality. Moreover, as a forum in which practically everything is acceptable and almost nothing is lasting, the Internet favours a relativistic way of thinking and sometimes feeds the flight from personal responsibility and commitment.

In such a context, how are we to cultivate that wisdom which comes not just from information but from insight, the wisdom which understands the difference between right and wrong, and sustains the scale of values which flows from that difference?

5. The fact that through the Internet people multiply their contacts in ways hitherto unthinkable opens up wonderful possibilities for spreading the Gospel. However, it is also true that electronically mediated relationships can never take the place of the direct human contact required for genuine evangelization. For evangelization always depends upon the personal witness of the one sent to evangelize (cf. Rom 10:14-15). How does the Church lead from the kind of contact made possible by the Internet to the deeper communication demanded by Christian proclamation? How do we build upon the first contact and exchange of information which the Internet makes possible?

There is no doubt that the electronic revolution holds out the promise of great positive breakthroughs for the developing world; but there is also the possibility that it will in fact aggravate existing inequalities as the information and communications gap widens. How can we ensure that the information and communications revolution, which has the Internet as its prime engine, will work in favor of the globalization of human development and solidarity, objectives closely linked to the Church's evangelizing mission?

Finally, in these troubled times, let me ask: how can we ensure that this wondrous instrument first conceived in the context of military operations can now serve the cause of peace? Can it favour that culture of dialogue, participation, solidarity and reconciliation without which peace cannot flourish? The Church believes it can; and to ensure that this is what will happen, she is determined to enter this new forum, armed with the Gospel of Christ, the Prince of Peace.

6. The Internet causes billions of images to appear on millions of computer monitors around the planet. From this galaxy of sight and sound will the face of Christ emerge and the voice of Christ be heard? For it is only when his face is seen and his voice heard that the world will know the glad tidings of our redemption. This is the purpose of evangelization. And this is what will make the Internet a genuinely human space, for if there is no room for Christ, there is no room for man. Therefore, on this World Communications Day, I dare to summon the whole Church bravely to cross this new threshold, to put out into the deep of the Net, so that now as in the past the great engagement of the Gospel and culture may show to the world "the glory of God on the face of Christ" (2 Cor 4:6). May the Lord bless all those who work for this aim.

From the Vatican, January 24, 2002, the Feast of Saint Francis de Sales

IOANNES PAULUS II

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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. 

The section on New Marian Poetry has been updated in our Resources index. 

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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 January 10, 2002 through January 23, 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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