Posted March 15, 2002

Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the myriad ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.

News from the ML/IMRI

Thesis Defense

Mr. Michael A. Scherschlight, a student at the International Marian Research Institute, successfully defended his S.T.L. dissertation, Magna Cum Laude, on March 16, 2002 at the Marian Library.  The title of his thesis, "To Jesus Through Mary: History and Theology."

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University of Dayton

The University of Dayton, location of The Marian Library/ International Marian Research Institute hosted the first game of this year's NCAA Basketball Tournament.  As host institution, UD was mentioned in the official program, including the following comment:

One of the most visited Catholic Web sites outside of the Vatican's is The Mary Page of the Marian Library.

Also, the University is sponsoring a lecture related to Mary in Film:

"Holy Family and Fascist State. On the Religious codification of Power in Thea von Harbou's Novel and Fritz Lang's Film Metropolis" Monday, March 18, 4:30pm, Sears.

Albrecht Koschorke (University of Konstanz, Germany)

Lecture at 4:30pm in Sears on March 18th, film Metropolis in Sears at 7:30pm

With "The History of the Horizon" (1990) and "Body Currents and Correspondence" (1999), Albrecht Koschorke is emerging as one of Germany's rising academic stars and public intellectuals. He will share with us some of the research for his fourth book--which is being translated for Columbia University Press--"The Holy Family and its Consequences". In this work, he draws on Anthropology, Art History, Gender Studies, Literature, Media Studies, Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies to clarify the role played by the Holy Family in gender and identity construction across the centuries. From 14th century Madonnas to the Terminator films, he establishes connections between imagery and identity (ex. Joseph as the absent father and the Western form of state government).

Lecture topic: Uncovering the political and religious context of one of the great films of the twentieth century, Koschorke will speak on the German politics of the 1920s as it relates to the fascist use of religious imagery in Metropolis--a film often talked about in terms of worker's rights under capitalism and as depicting the technology of the twenty-first century.

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MSA 2002 Meeting in New York City

The 2002 MSA national meeting will be held at the Francis Cardinal Spellman Retreat Center in Riverdale, New York (a suburb north of New York City) on May 22 - 25.  Plans are underway with exciting news that our New York board member, Fr. Myles Murphy, has received word that Cardinal Avery Dulles has accepted an invitation to be keynote speaker at the meeting.  A special event is being planned for those who attend the meeting - a visit to the Cloisters (a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art).  The topic of the meeting will be "The Marian Dimension of the Christian Life: The Middle Period."

Details of the Program

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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

Marian Research Workshop in Korea

The first workshop of KMRI (The Korean Marian Research Institute) was called at Seoul on February 26, 2002 at 10:00. The initial members of this Institute are eight: Br. AHN Jung-han (SM), Br. AHN Su-woon (Marist), Rev. CHO Kyu-man (Seoul diocese), ms CHO Kyong-sun (researcher at KML-Korean Marian Library, lay person), Sr. CHUNG Bok-lye (Sisters of the Annunciation), Rev. KIM Kwang-su (Institute of “Figli di Maria Immacolata”) and Rev. KIM Te-oh (Excutive director of KML, SM).

Taking advantage of the opportunity to know each other better, they talked about the organization of KMRI. The KMRI will work to help people foster and deepen their marian devotion. Moreover, it will try to research more scientifically the Mariology in Korea. The members of KMRI will have their next meeting on May 18 (Saturday) at 10:30.

We need your prayer for these humble beginning from which will develop the KMRI.   [Source: Sophia Choi]

Mary in Film

In Iran last month at the Fajr Festival two Marian films were shown.  One is Son of Maryam, about a young boy who is the caller to prayer in the village and an elderly priest who befriends him and shows him the statue of Mary when the boy asks what his own dead mother was like.  The other is Saint Mary which is the life of Mary according to the Koran.   [Source: Fr. Peter Malone]

ZENIT

Rosary Address to European University Students

During TV Hook-up with Moscow and Other Key Cities 

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 8, 2002 (Zenit.org)

John Paul II prayed the rosary last Saturday with the university students of Rome in Paul VI Hall and by television hook-up with students in major European cities. Here is a translation of the Holy Father's reflections: 

Dear Young University Students,

1. I greet you with great joy at the end of this period of reflection and Marian prayer on the first Saturday of March. As I thank you who have come in large numbers to the Paul VI Hall, I think of those who are hooked-up with us in several European cities, thanks to the radio and television. I greet in particular the university students of Athens, Moscow, Strasbourg, Budapest, Valencia and Vienna. I thank very much the choirs and the orchestra for their contribution, and Vatican Radio and the Television Centre that cooperated in bringing about this important and inspiring event.

Mary will help you acquire deep understanding of the mystery of her Son

2. Dear young university students of Athens and Strasbourg who have prayed the rosary with us, I greet you warmly. Ask Mary to help you acquire deep understanding of the mystery of her Son, so that he may be your joy and strength. Remember that by following his example you will overcome all difficulties and find true happiness! I look forward to seeing you in Toronto.

3. I warmly greet you, dear students of the universities of Budapest and Vienna. This moment of common prayer gives us the joyful experience that our faith crosses boundaries and unites peoples. Let us be guided on the journey of a true Christian life by Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church! In this way we will be ready witnesses for God, the Father of all humanity. I am glad that I will be able to meet many of you on the occasion of the World Youth Day in Toronto.

Promote the dialogue between faith and culture

4. I cordially greet the university students gathered in Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Moscow. Dear friends, I thank you for taking part in this moment of prayer in the name of the Virgin Mary. Let us remain united in faith and in the service of the Gospel! May the Lord bless you!

5. In greeting you, dear university students in Valencia, I think of all the teachers and students of the famous universities of Spain, especially those who day by day make their Christian identity concrete day after day in collaboration with the university delegates and chaplains make their Christian identity concrete. May our prayer with the Mother of the Lord this afternoon help you continue your task of evangelization and make shine through your life the Easter life that is Christ. I wait for you in Toronto!

6. The bond of common faith that unites young people from various European countries and different cultural traditions is a comforting reason for hope. So it has always been in the history of the evangelization of the "old" continent: the Gospel and the cultures have walked side by side. This is today the undertaking of the Church. Dear young people, I ask you at your universities to promote the dialogue between faith and culture, so that the Gospel leaven may stimulate and sustain the spiritual and moral quality of the research and studies. Best wishes, my very best wishes and courage!

Lent gives us a new consciousness of our Baptismal rebirth

The common starting point for this stimulating mission is Baptism, from which it is always necessary to set out afresh since it is the source of Christian life. Lent, which we are living, is the acceptable liturgical season to gain a renewed consciousness of our baptismal identity. Through Baptism we have been united with the Death and Resurrection of Christ; through Baptism, the Holy Spirit has made us witnesses of God's love, architects of communion, brotherhood and peace. In turn, the new life that flows from the baptismal fount, constantly regenerates human mentalities and choices, interpersonal and social relations, and human cultures.

7. Only new men and women can renew history. I expect to see many of you at the next World meeting in Toronto, and it will help you to understand even more this pressing apostolic challenge: to be, at the beginning of the third millennium "the salt of the earth and the light of the world" (Mt 5,13). I also make an appointment with the young people of Rome in St Peter's Square on Thursday, 21 March, for the traditional celebration and prayers to prepare for World Youth Day.

Dear young people, this evening the Blessed Virgin has gathered us from all the corners of Europe. May our eyes converge on the image of Our Lady of Loreto, the Virgin of silence and listening, Mother of the Son of God made man. Let us always look to her, asking her for that same readiness for divine grace. Thus in each one of you the Almighty will also work great things.

With this wish I embrace you all, near and far -- but for me, all of you are close! -- as I warmly bless you and your families, your universities and young people all over the world.

From L’Osservatore Romano

Not posted this week.  Expect an update to this section next week.

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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.

Mary in the secular news from March 2 through March 13, 2002

Hundreds of Roman Catholics in Moscow’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception burst into applause and tears March 1 when Pope John Paul II addressed them by video as part of a prayer service linking believers in six countries. "In the name of the chaste Virgin Mary, always stay close to one another, have faith and serve the Gospel. May God bless you," the Pope said in Russian. Catholics in Athens, Budapest, Strasbourg, Valencia and Vienna also took part with hymns and testimonials about the richness of Catholic life and joined the Holy Father in prayer. The inclusion of Russia in the linkup was the latest step in the pontiff’s efforts to reach out to his flock in the predominantly Orthodox Christian country. Reported in the Salt Lake City Desert News March 3 and the Hobart Mercury March 4.

Pope John Paul II’s plan to create Roman Catholicism’s first Indian saint during a visit in July has opened divisions in the complex mosaic of Mexico, a country where Indian and European traditions remain half-reconciled, AP Worldstream wrote on March 11. And if the pope cancels his trip to Mexico due to poor health, Juan Diego - the Indian who the faithful believe saw the Virgin Mary in 1531 - will be canonized via satellite from Rome, church officials said March 11, EFE News Service reported. The pope has recently cancelled some of his activities due to worsening arthritis pain in his knee. The Santa Fe New Mexican said on March 10 that a handful of doubters, including the former abbot of the Basilica of Guadalupe, say the evidence of Juan Diego’s existence is so flimsy that the Vatican is in danger of canonizing a popular legend, not a real person.

To a British Christian, the scene inside the Chapel of the Virgin of Jasna Gora is deeply unfamiliar, writes a Czestochowa visitor in the London Times on March 2. He describes hundreds of pilgrims kneeling on the cool, chequered flagstones of Poland’s most famous shrine, pressed tightly together, heads lowered in prayer or raised intently towards the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary. The article tells of the Virgin Mary’s role in helping a small band of monks and soldiers repel the massed forces of the Swedish Army in 1655, leading to the expulsion of the Swedes from Poland; describes the icon of the Virgin - "her face is dark and has a grimace" - and details the events of the Mass attended by the pilgrims. "I feel as if I have watched the curtain fall on a remarkable play. I am baffled, thrilled and inspired in equal parts," the visitor concludes.

The Vatican is discovering the power of miracles, Adam Sage wrote in the Weekend Australian on March 2. He states there were at least 6 million visitors to Lourdes last year, making Lourdes the second largest tourist centre in France, after Paris. A decade ago, it was 4 million plus. This surge follows a rethink by a Catholic Church that wants to move away from its skeptical approach towards miracles. With its faithful turning to charismatic movements promising miracles, it needs to highlight its own healing powers - and that means 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. Jacques Perrier, appointed Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes in 1998, and Patrick Theillier, head of the medical bureau of the sanctuaries, encourage people to tell of their recoveries at Lourdes. They’ve held press conferences, begun modernization programs at the sanctuaries, installed a web camera at the grotto, and in 1999, announced the first official recognition of a Lourdes miracle in a decade.

The Romanesque-style Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Beautiful River stands as a testimony to the spirituality and commitment of its members, who were able to fund the building of the large church at the height of the Great Depression in 1931, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote on March 13. Most of the church’s 3,000 families have been attending for years and their loyalty is showing itself in donations to the five-year capital campaign, which will fund renovations to the church and nearby Assumption School. Renovations include restoring stained-glass windows and replacing their frames, renewing the gold-leaf painting in the sanctuary and painting the interior. Multiple shades of blue will be used because blue is the color most often associated with the Virgin Mary, according to the church’s description of the renovations.

A Los Angeles man was ordered to stand trial for allegedly beheading a statue of the Virgin Mary at a Culver City church and removing a statue of Junipero Serra from its pedestal and leaving it at a mosque, City News Service of Los Angeles said on March 8. The statues from St. Augustine Church were vandalized October 28.

Any movie that starts off with a Tehcnicolor Virgin Mary winking at Josh Hartnett while Jesus tosses him a thumbs-up has to be a good flick, the Massachusetts Daily Collegian said on March 6. "40 Days and 40 Nights" is a surprisingly hilarious flick that actually offers sincere insights, the reviewer said.

First item in the National Review’s The Week, March 11: "To all who love jihad, and the murder of Israelis, the Palestinian suicide bomberess is a heroine, compared, in some quarters, to the Virgin Mary. One wonders: What do Vatican Arabists make of that?"

A shrine to the Virgin Mary near the front gates of an oil field in Arauca, Columbia, is barricaded by camouflage oil cans filled with sand, as dogs sniff cars for explosives and army tanks rumble by, Newsday said on March 4. Protecting the Cano Limon pipeline is important to the U.S. because it means a reduction in U.S. dependence on oil from the Middle East. The State Department wants to spend $98 million to train and equip Columbian units to defend the pipeline, which was closed for two-thirds of 2001 because of leftist guerrilla attacks.

There are no images of Christ hanging on the bloodied cross, or as a babe-in-arms adored by the beatific face of the Virgin Mary. Instead it is the cheeky cross-cultural work featuring 52 Buddhas sculpted from Easter egg foil which takes pride of place in the Blake Prize for Religious Art at QUT’s Art Museum, the Courier Mail said on March 13. The Blake Prize was established 50 years ago by a Jesuit priest who wanted to revitalize artistic works on display in Australian churches.

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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 a section on the shrine to "Mary, Mother of All" in Otaki, New Zealand to our Resources Index.

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