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


Liturgical Season

In preparation for the Liturgical celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 8, 2002, Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.

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New Resources

In our Resources index we have added Hinduism to the section on Mary and Asian Religions.  Also, in the section on Mary in Film and Video, we have added three entries: a searchable database containing a comprehensive list of films with Marian content; and streaming videos of the Marian Library documentary, "All Generations Will Call Her Blessed" accessible in higher resolution for network links and lower resolution for dial-up links.  

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  News from the Marian Library

New Exhibit

The Marian Library is currently exhibiting Religious Folk Art from the Southwest, Faces of Mary and Saints, by Lydia Garcia of Taos, New Mexico.  Using retablos and altar screens, Garcia creates folk art unique to the Spanish colonial Southwest.  She sees her art as a tool of God's love and compassion and a way of giving herself back to God.  Upon signing the back of each piece, she complements with prayers or humorous explanations.  This exhibit continues through July 26; hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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International Marian Research Institute Summer Courses

Summer courses begin on June 11.  See the course offerings for the summer academic session of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at: Summer Schedule.

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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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Marian Events

Click this link for a list of all of the current Marian Events by geographical position.

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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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News from Around the World

From ZENIT

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

From L’Osservatore Romano

From L’Osservatore Romano May 1, 2002 

On Sunday, April 28, before leading the Regina Caeli,  the Holy Father called for universal and constant prayer for Mary’s special intercession for peace in the world, and in the Holy Land, during the month of May. Pope John Paul II has used his Sunday sessions with the pilgrims to ask for prayer to Our Lady begging her more constantly to intercede for her Son for peace in the world and for an end to the violence in the Middle East.

From L’Osservatore Romano May 8, 2002 

The Pope observed the feast of St. Joseph the Worker and the European Labour Day on May1, offering his prayer for workers around the world. He also pointed out that the Month of May is a month of devotion to Our Lady, whose Rosary draws us into the mysteries of Christ’s person and work. “In accord with a long-standing tradition of devotion, parishes and families continue to make the month of May a ‘Marian’ month, celebrating it with many devout liturgical, catechetical and pastoral initiatives. May it really be a month of intense prayer with Mary!” he said.

During his visit to the Mediterranean island of Ischia, across from Naples, the Pope celebrated Mass for 15,000 faithful in Ponte Square at the foot of the Aragonese castle.

At the end of Mass on May 5, the Holy Father repeated his call to pray the Rosary in the month of May in contemplation of Christ’s Mysteries and to pray for peace in the world and in the Holy Land. He said, “I wish to present to Our Lady the pleas for security and peace that arise insistently from so many sides, especially from the people of the Holy Land. I invite you to pray with me to Our Lady to ask that these heartfelt petitions be granted.”

From L’Osservatore Romano May 15, 2002

 

Before praying the Regina Caeli with the faithful in St. Peter’s Square on May 12, the postponed celebration of the Solemnity of the Ascension, the Holy Father showed how the desire for heaven calls for our earthly commitment to building the Kingdom of heaven. He said, “We must never forget that the secret of every apostolic action is above all prayer. Indeed, given to intense prayer after the Ascension, the disciples lived in the Upper Room as they awaited the Holy Spirit promised by Christ. In their midst was Mary, the mother of Jesus. As we prepare to celebrate the solemn Feast of Pentecost next Sunday, with Mary let us call upon the Holy Spirit promised by Christ so that he may imbue Christians with fresh missionary zeal and guide humanity’s steps on the paths of solidarity and peace.”

 

The Holy Father sent a Message dated April 18 to Dr. Emilio Rossi, President of the Catholic Union of the Italian Press, at the end of its Congress in Rome on Children and the Media: 100 meeting points. He appealed to the men and women who write and produce scripts for TV and films to study the needs of children and said “they should be offered better quality media products, especially television programmes, that do not need to be forbidden.”  He prayed, “May the Virgin Mary be close with motherly care to all who are involved in such an important mission that has a huge impact on the formation of young people.”

 

From L’Osservatore Romano May 22, 2002

 

On May 2 the Pope spoke to the members of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care attending their plenary assembly. He warned that the world of health care has to make a clear choice between a culture of life and a culture of death. He said, “If the culture of death prevails, if in the field of medicine and biomedical research those doing the research let themselves by influence by selfish and Promethean ambitions, it is inevitable that human dignity and life itself will be dangerously threatened.” He said the “Council will not fail to contribute to a new evangelization of suffering, that Christ takes on and transfigures in the triumph of the Resurrection.” He prayed, “May the Lord, the Good Samaritan of suffering humanity, help you always. May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Health of the Sick, sustain you in your service and be your model of acceptance and love.”

 

After the closing prayer of the Mass of Canonization on May 19, the Holy Father introduced the chant of the Regina Caeli, greeting the pilgrims from Spain, Brazil and Italy, especially those who “have come to honour the new saints.” To those from Italy he said, “These shining witnesses of the Gospel, to whom the Church calls attention today, invite us to turn our gaze towards Our Lady. They always had recourse to her in their lives.” To the Spanish pilgrims participating in the canonization of St. Alphonsus of Orozco, he said, “As he did, may you always enjoy the protection of Mary Mother of God and our Mother.”  Greeting the pilgrims of Brazil, he said, “I hope that the life of Mother Pauline can continue to serve as a model of holiness for the Little Sisters of the Immaculate Conception so that Our Lord can be known, loved and adored by all in the whole world.”

From L’Osservatore Romano May 29, 2002

In the Central Square of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, on May 26, before giving the final blessing of the Mass, the Holy Father introduced the Angelus by referring to Mary’s special presence among the faithful there and in so many places of devotion. He pointed to Mary as model of basic Christian life lived with silence, listening and service, the fundamental marks of the life of a disciple. He prayed, “By her powerful intercession, may the Virgin Mary help you daily to discover anew your dignity as children of God.”

In Sofia at the Byzantine-Slavonic Cathedral of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin, the Pope presented a relic of Blessed John XXIII to the community for the new Cathedral to be built which will be dedicated to his name. He prayed, “May the Lord accompany you and assist you in the generous intentions of your Christian life and, through the intercession of his Most Blessed Mother, venerated under the title of Patroness of Christian Unity in the Shrine of the Most Holy Trinity at Malko Tyrnovo, may he grant you the abundance of his blessings.”

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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.

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