Posted February 8, 2002

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News from the ML/IMRI

Marian Lecture at the University of Dayton

The Forum on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Today invites you to a seminar presented by Dr. Carol Engelhardt of the Department of History at Wright State University.  Dr. Engelhardt will discuss with us the introduction and first chapter of her book on "Victorians and the Virgin Mary," about debates over Mary in Victorian England.  We will meet at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday 13 February in the Religious Studies department conference room, HM 351.  Copies of the paper (aprrox. 25 pages) are available from Dr. Una Cadegan [telephone (937) 229-3468] or from Fr. Jack McGrath in the Religious Studies Department [telephone (937) 229-4487]. We look forward to seeing you there.

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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


Marian Highlights in the Pope´s Liturgical Calendar for February-April

--Monday 11, feast of Our Lady of Lourdes: In the Vatican Basilica at 4:30 p.m., Mass for "Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi" and UNITALSI, presided in the name of the Holy Father by Cardinal Camillo Ruini.  At the close of the celebration, the Holy Father will greet and bless the sick present in the basilica.

--Sunday 17, First Sunday of Lent: Pastoral visit to the Roman parish of St. Henry.  Mass at 9:30 a.m.  At 6 p.m. in the "Redemptoris Mater" Chapel in the apostolic palace, start of the spiritual exercises of the Roman Curia.

--Saturday 23: At 9 a.m. in the "Redemptoris Mater" Chapel, conclusion of the spiritual exercises of the Roman Curia.

--Sunday 17, Fifth Sunday of Lent: Pastoral visit to the Roman parish of St. Mary "Mediatrix." Mass at 9:30 a.m.

Pope´s Angelus Address on Pro-life Day

"The Human Embryo ... Possesses His Own Identity"

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 3, 2002 (

John Paul II delivered this address to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the midday Angelus today. He gave the address in Italian.

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

1. Today, the first Sunday of February, Italy is celebrating Pro-life Day, a propitious occasion to reflect on that fundamental value of man's life.  … Moreover, to recognize means to guarantee to every human being the right to develop according to his own potential, ensuring his inviolability from conception until natural death. … To recognize the value of life implies consistent measures from the legal point of view, especially the protection of human beings who are unable to defend themselves, such as the unborn, the mentally handicapped, and the most seriously or terminally ill. 

We entrust to the Most Holy Mother of Christ and of all men the commitment in Italy and the whole world in favor of life, especially wherever it is scorned, marginalized or violated.   May Mary teach us to "recognize life" as a mystery and responsibility, remembering that "the living man is the glory of God" (St. Irenaeus).  

Icon of Virgin of Kazan a Key to Dialogue with Orthodox

Mounting Hope on Eve of Cardinal Kasper´s Visit to Patriarch Alexy II

MOSCOW, FEB. 5, 2002 (

The Marian icon of Kazan is again at the heart of the ecumenical dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow.

Russian agencies reported that the day after the Assisi meeting, the Pope had a private talk with two representatives (Metropolitan Pitirim and Bishop Hilarion) of Patriarch Alexy II, and expressed his hope to visit Moscow and his desire to restore the holy image.

Russian sources, and a statement on the patriarchate's Internet site, explain that Bishop Hilarion reiterated Moscow's position, according to which the patriarch "in principle agrees to see the Pope."

But, the bishop added, the meeting can only be held "after a common position is reached on the principal questions of inter-ecclesial relations" -- namely, Rome's alleged proselytism and the issue of Ukrainian Greek-Catholics. He further stated that "the Moscow Patriarchate regards the relations between the two Churches at present as extremely unsatisfactory."

Yet, Bishop Hilarion said the presence in Moscow of the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper, might "contribute constructive elements capable of improving in a substantial way" the state of such relations. Cardinal Kasper is due to visit the Russian capital Feb. 21-22.

The cardinal will meet Alexy II and Metropolitan Kirill, director of the Department of Foreign Ecclesial Relations.

The posture of openness was confirmed in statements of the Reverend Andrej Elisejev, director of the patriarchate's inter-Christian relations, which were published today by the Italian newspaper Avvenire. The Reverend Elisejev spoke of "great hopes."

Regarding the question of the Marian icon, he said: "The return of the Kazan icon would be welcomed by our Church as a very friendly gesture. However, there must be no special conditions."

Legend and mystery surround the icon of Our Lady of Kazan. In 1552 Czar Ivan the Terrible conquered the city, and in 1579 the icon appeared miraculously in Kazan following a devastating fire.

Matrjona Ounicina, a 12-year-old girl, saw the Virgin three times in her dreams, who ordered her to excavate a place. The girl carried out the request, informing Metropolitan Germogen. She then found the icon. The czar had the Assumption Convent for nuns built on the site.

The icon remained in the convent until it was stolen in 1903 or 1904. The image was one of the most venerated in Russia. Many copies of it exist.

There are contradictory versions about the fate of the original. One account says it reappeared in Warsaw, where it was purchased by an English nobleman who then resold it. The icon passed through several hands before reappearing in the United States.

There, a group of Catholics, who were perhaps ignorant of its origin, purchased it and gave it to the Fatima Shrine. Eventually, it was given to the Pope as a gift in 1993.

Another version of the story now circulating in Russia says the icon was stolen in 1903 by a madman who burned it.

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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.  The Search Utility has also been revised.  Let us know what you think. 

The Exhibits of New Crèches for 2000-2001 and 2001-2002, have been revised on the Crèches International section of our Gallery page. 

We've added answers to two new questions submitted by readers.

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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 month.

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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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