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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
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CRÈCHES GALORE!! Now to be seen at The
Marian Library through the end of October 2002 (Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. -
4:30 p.m.) are 59 different Nativity scenes selected from holdings of over
900. This exhibit is comprised of sets related to the birth of Christ
shown during Christmastime at the Dayton Art Institute and The Marian Library at
the University of Dayton. The extension of dates provides opportunity
for those who were unable to view the works or who would appreciate seeing them
again. There is no admission fee; and popular brochures with
complimentary text are available for taking. As a bonus, other art,
including Marian exhibits in the Gallery, is also available to enjoy.
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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
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News from Around the
Vita Communis "Mary, Mother of the Holy Family". A
Protestant Sisters' community joins the Catholic Church. Their conversion
is rooted in their love for the Eucharist.
The community 'Vita Communis' was founded in 1976 near Stuttgart,
Germany. A profound ecumenical spirit directed its members to study the
Christian community of the early church. The painful awareness that
Christ's prayer 'that all may be one' (John 17:21) is still far from being
realized inspired the sisters to get to know other Christian spiritualities and
communities. A cordial bond developed to the Carmel of Creteil in
Paris. For more than 10 years members of the 'Vita Communis' would
celebrate the Eucharist with the Carmelite sisters but were excluded from
receiving Holy Communion. Wherever unity was possible, however, the
sisters united in prayer, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the veneration of
the Sacred Heart and dedication to Mary.
On November 9, 1989, the day when the Berlin wall fell, the first sister of
Vita Communis asked to be received into the Catholic Church. On January 6,
three sisters received their first holy communion and the sacrament of
confirmation. Eventually the other members of Vita Communis followed them
and on August 15, 1992, 'Vita Communis' received episcopal recognition from the
diocese of Rottenburg Stuttgart. For more
information read the German article [in PDF format] on section 18 of
‘Kirche Heute’ ... Ich werde katholisch
Gifts of Peace
In Texas and Iowa, thousands of visitors come each year to see stunning
religious art created during World War II by Italian and German POWs. Read
the complete feature article in the December
2001 Issue of Saint Anthony Messenger Magazine Online.
VATICAN CITY, FEB. 26, 2002 (Zenit.org)
John Paul II will proclaim nine new saints between May 10 and Oct. 6,
including one canonization that will take place in Mexico.
The Vatican Press Office published the news today at the end of the ordinary
consistory of cardinals, presided over by the Pope.
At the end of Toronto's World Youth Day, the Holy Father will travel to
Mexico to canonize Juan Diego, the Indian who saw the apparitions of Guadalupe
in 1531. That canonization will take place July 30. Mexican press sources say
the celebration might take place in Ecatepec, a poor community located on the
outskirts of Mexico City.
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Mary in the Secular
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 25 through February 25
Michael Torres trekked more than 200,000 kilometers around Europe and Asia
during the past 16 years to thank God for healing him, Deutsche Presse-Agentur
said on January 25. The Spanish mason, who suffered a labor accident in 1986 and
ended up in a wheel chair, promised God and the Virgin Mary that he would hike
five times around Europe and Asia if he learned to walk again.
Every time he came back home to Sant Cugat del Valles near Barcelona, "I
got withdrawal symptoms and was back on the road after three days," he
In 1291, carried by a host of angels, the Virgin Mary’s house
was miraculously transported from Nazareth to Loreto, Italy. Those who doubted
its authenticity were confounded when the stone was proven to be first-century
Judaean. From an article on Christian relics and reality in the New Straits
Times Press (Malaysia) on February 17.
The monastery of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary stands
beside the ruins of an old church of the Virgin Mary on the tiny island of Old
Trikeri, in Greece’s Pagasitic Gulf. The new church was built after the Virgin
Mary appeared in a dream to Damianos Koslis, a 19th century monk, and
directed him to dig in the ruins for her lost icon. The miracle-working icon of
Our Venerable Lady Virgin Mary was unearthed on September 10, 1825. Reported in
The Independent (London) on February 23 by Brian Patten, who learned of the icon
during a visit to the island.
A religious icon believed to be about 200 years old has been
stolen, the Herald Sun reported on January 29. The painting of baby Jesus and
the Virgin Mary was stolen from a house in Blackburn South, and police said the
icon would have no value to the thief.
The new bronze statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary commissioned
for the renovation of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is "kind of
stepping out, leaning forward to embrace her children, the people who come
filled with devotion to her,"said Jeffrey Varilla, one half of the
husband-wife team that sculpted the work. Named "The Mother of the
Church," the statue solved the problem for Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland
of whether the Marian shrine should be Guadalupe for the future or Czestochowa
for the past, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said on February 9.
"Myth Versus Miracle; Debate Rages Over Likely
Canonization" headlined a Washington Post story February 5 about the
expected canonization of Juan Diego as Mexico’s first indigenous saint. The
Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to the Aztec peasant almost 500 years ago
but some scholars say there is no convincing historical record that Juan Diego
ever existed and that he was probably fabricated by Spanish conquerors as a
means of converting the country’s native tribes to Catholicism. A meeting of
cardinals is expected to give final approval to Juan Diego’s sainthood,
clearing the way for a July visit to Mexico City by the Pope to formally
With its faithful turning to charismatic movements promising
miracles, the Roman Catholic Church needed to highlight its own healing powers -
and that meant regenerating the sanctuaries in Lourdes that contain the muddy
grotto where a poor peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous, saw the mother of Christ
144 years ago, Adam Sage wrote in The Times (London) on February 19.
Since 1958 the church had acknowledged only six miracles at
Lourdes, compared with 60 official miracles during the century that followed the
Virgin Mary’s appearance. Dr. Patrick Theillier, head of the Medical Bureau at
the sanctuaries in 1998, has embarked on a campaign to encourage people to tell
his medical bureau of their recoveries at Lourdes. Last year 33 persons said
they were healed at Lourdes, and 30 said so in 2000, he said, compared to about
12 per year in the past. Most of these cases will be refused by church
authorities who still tread with extreme caution in this field, the writer said,
but the number of visitors to Lourdes increased to six million visitors last
year, from just over four million a decade ago.
Maria Saraco of California, an expert on apparitions of the
Virgin Mary seen in Spain, was scheduled to speak at Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Church in Kenner, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) said on February 21. Saraco
has been spreading the messages and prophecies that the Blessed Virgin Mary is
said to have revealed from 1961-65 to four young girls in the village of San
Sebastian de Garabandal, Spain, in the Cantabrian Mountains.
Students at St. Rocco School in Cleveland’s gritty west side
read and study under portraits of Jesus and the Virgin Mary on a day in which
all of them are required to pray at Mass. What distinguishes the school from
Catholic schools in other parts of the country is that the State of Ohio is
paying the bulk of the tuition for half of the school’s 200 pupils, who are
recipients of vouchers designed to help them and several thousand other children
in Cleveland flee failing public schools, the New York Times said on February
An 80-pound cement statue of the Virgin Mary is back again at
the entrance to the Little Sisters of the Poor apartments in St. Paul, thanks to
some sleuthing by the Lutheran pastor of a nearby church who learned from a
"street source" where the statue might be, the Star Tribune
(Minneapolis, MN) said on February 25.
A 3-foot-tall porcelain figure of the Madonna on the front lawn
of Manny and Kathy Koukoulas’ new house in Commack has provoked controversy as
some residents express disgust over the statue while others, of all religious
backgrounds, support the couple’s right to display the statue and voice
disgust with what many call religious intolerance. The planning director said
the couple has the right to display the statue just as they would any other lawn
ornament, the Nassau and Suffolk Edition of Newday wrote on February 18.
An exceptional collection of icons - an art form only sparingly
represented in Western museums - is on view at the Pontifical College Josephinum,
the Columbus Dispatch said on January 27. The writer explained that icons are
highly stylized images, emblematic or symbolic rather than representative, and
that St. Luke, one of the four evangelists, is supposed to have painted
portraits of the Virgin Mary, establishing the tradition that informed the
images or icons of Christ, the Virgin Mary and the saints through the centuries.
Five hand-painted murals have adorned the ceiling of St. Mary of
Czestochowa Catholic Church near Kinde for more than 40 years, the Huron Daily
Tribune (Bad Axe, Mich.) said on January 30. The warm faces and light-handed
painters’ soft shades of the Virgin Mary, child and angels show the angel
Gabriel coming to Mary to tell her about the child to be born. The murals were
painted on canvas by a Polish painter named Malczek who lived in Detroit and
adhered to the ceiling by the painter. The Polish National Church celebrates its
centennial this year.
A revision of the best-selling bible in the U.S., to be released
in April, incorporates some modern words and eliminates a linguistic male bias
in some places, Time said on February 11. Updates in Today’s New International
Version include a change in Matthew 1:18. The Virgin Mary, before described as
"with child," now is "pregnant."
The Virgin Mary may be one of our longest-standing cultural
icons, but her reincarnation as fashion muse is new, the Financial Times
(London) said on February 9. The writer states that this summer’s stylebook is
scattered with references to vestal purity. She reports on a
"near-virginal, long-sleeves white dress," an "all-white, overtly
religious collection that had the communion look down pat," and says
"The anti-slut backlash has us styling ourselves ‘like a virgin’ in a
more literal sense than Madonna once did."
Chris Ofili, the British artist whose dung-daubed portrait of
the Virgin Mary angered religious leaders and the mayor of New York, is coming
to the aid of the elephants that supply raw material for his art, the Columbus
Dispatch said on February 23. The Zoological Society of London said Ofili has
agreed to donate proceeds from the sale of one of his paintings to elephants at
the Whipsnade Wild Animal Park in Dunstable, northwest of London.
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A section on international
stamps with images of Mary has been added to our Resources index. The
latest added was Ecuador. Expect more countries to follow.
We have posted John Paul II's Marian Prayer for the
Conclusion to the Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Oceania
(Nov. 22, 2001) on our Prayers index. We have also added sections on English
Prayers of Popes and
English Prayers of saints.
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