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
"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
Cardinal Rivera Carrera Talks of Upcoming Canonization
MEXICO CITY, MARCH 6, 2002 (Zenit.org-FIDES)
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
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
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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