Posted March 8, 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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Extended Exhibit

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.  Welcome to The Marian Library!

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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

Cairo presents film The Way of the Holy Family in 43 countries

Egypt, Politics, 8/12/1999

The editing of the Egyptian documentary film The Way of the Holy Family, which traces the path of the holy family, the Virgin Mary, Jesus and Joseph, while they stayed in Egypt, entering through the northern Sinai, so as to prepare the film to be presented on the occasion of celebrating the 2000th anniversary of the birth of the Jesus and the beginning of the third millennium.

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, which produced the film, decided to present the film in 43 countries after it is translated into several languages to be broadcast within a campaign to promote Egyptian archeological monuments to tourists.  Sr. M. Danielle Peters


"Lourdes of the East" Web Site Updated 

VAILANKANNI, India, MARCH 5, 2002 (

The Web site of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Health, "the Lourdes of the East," has been redesigned into a multilingual site.

The site can be viewed in English, Tamil, Hindi and French, at

The shrine in south India was the focal point of this year's World Day of the Sick, on Feb. 11.

Mexico Already Considers Juan Diego a Saint

Cardinal Rivera Carrera Talks of Upcoming Canonization


John Paul II's canonization of Guadalupe visionary Juan Diego on July 30 in Mexico could draw 5 million people. To put the event in context, the Vatican agency Fides spoke with Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, archbishop of Mexico.

The cardinal recalled that "Pope John Paul II began his pontificate at the feet of Our Lady of Guadalupe" and that on his fifth visit to Mexico he will bring a gift most awaited by Mexicans.

Q: What does the canonization of Juan Diego [1474-1548] mean to Mexicans?

Cardinal Rivera Carrera: For most people he is already a saint. But for all of us it is most important that the highest Church authority should proclaim his sainthood, especially at the present time.

The spreading of the Gospel in Mexico was accompanied by the Virgin of Guadalupe and her spokesman Juan Diego, who spent the years after the apparitions proclaiming what he had seen and heard. It is very important for the plan of evangelization in America that this is recognized.

Q: What does it mean to you personally, Your Eminence?

Cardinal Rivera Carrera: I am very happy because light has been shed on many things that were uncertain or were part of the faith of the people. Recent documents confirm not only the existence of Juan Diego but also his fame of holiness.

This is a source of great satisfaction for me because, since the beatification, we have acquired more information. Besides Juan Diego there have been other people whom the people claim are saints and they want the Church to recognize. I refer to [Bishop] Juan de Zumárraga.

Q: Can anyone still doubt the existence Juan Diego?

Cardinal Rivera Carrera: No one of sound judgment can doubt the existence of Juan Diego because it is proved by a lot of information -- for example, a document regarding an investigation carried out in 1666 among people who knew Juan Diego or lived at the same time. These people confirmed that Juan Diego existed and was known for his outstanding holiness.

Another decisive element is the recent discovery of the original Escalada Codex of which up to now there existed only copies.

From L’Osservatore Romano February 20 & 27

On Sunday, February 24, the Holy Father commented briefly on the Gospel of the Transfiguration before leading the Angelus with the faithful in St. Peter’s Square. He spoke of the great need for silent prayer during our Lenten journey and called on Our Lady of Silence, "who knew how to preserve the light of faith even in the darkest hours, for the grace of a Lent that comes alive with prayer." He asked that Mary "enlighten our hearts and help us to follow faithfully in every circumstance of God’s plan."

Speaking to the Roman clergy February 14, during their traditional meeting at the beginning of Lent, Pope John II focused on the crisis in vocations, especially in the West, and said that the reason was often "the weakening of faith and of spiritual fervour." Concluding his prepared remarks, he said, "Dear Brother Priests, let us entrust this special concern for vocations to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church and, in particular, Mother of priests. Let us also entrust to her our Lenten journey and especially our personal sanctification: indeed the Church needs holy priests, to open to Christ even doors that seem the most closed."

In his Lenten Message he wished to indicate to the whole Catholic world the theme of the free giftedness (gratuita) of the initiative of God in our lives, an essential element of the whole Biblical revelation, the Pope said in his talk to pilgrims and visitors on Ash Wednesday. He said that society has to recover the positive value of free giving to offset the prevailing logic of selfish profit. "If we have received a free gift, it is with a free gift that we should give back." He entrusted "these forty days of intense prayer and penance to the Virgin Mary, the ‘Mother of Fair Love’."

During his address at the end of the Mass for the sick in St. Peter’s Basilica on February 11 the Holy Father noted that the Church was celebrating the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes on that day. He said, "Associated with this feast for ten years is the celebration of the World Day of the Sick, whose ‘heart’ this year is in the Shrine of ‘Our Lady of Good Health’ in Vailankanny, India, known as ‘the Lourdes of the East’." He prayed, "May the Immaculate Virgin, who, at Lourdes came to bring comfort to humanity, continue to watch lovingly over those who are wounded in body and spirit and intercede for all who care for them. May she obtain for the Holy Land, and for every other region of the world, the gift of harmony and peace."

On February 11, the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Church celebrated the Tenth World Day of the Sick at the shrine of Our Lady of Good Health at Vailankanny, India, known as the "Lourdes of the East." Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragan, President of the Pontifical council for Health Pastoral Care, as the Special Envoy of the Holy Father, celebrated the final Mass in the Basilica. At the end of the Mass, at the feet of Our Lady of Good Health, thousands of sick persons renewed the offering of their sufferings to God for peace in the world.

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Marian Events  

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

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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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New Resources

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 also added sections on English Prayers of Popes and English Prayers of saints to our Prayers Index.

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