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Liturgical Season

In preparation for the Liturgical celebration of the Memorial of Saints Ann and Joachim [Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary] on July 26, 2002, Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.

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New Resources

We've done a major update to Crèches International in our Gallery section.

We've also posted a story written by Rita Anton under Children's Resources: Ahuv - The Story of Our Lady's Donkey  and the 2001 Marian Bibliography on our Resources menu. 

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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.

Digitized photos of the items on display in the Marian Library can be seen under Current Exhibit in our Gallery section.

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News about the Mariological Society of America (MSA)

Summary of the MSA 2002 annual meeting held in New York City (May 22-25)

Call for Papers for MSA 2003 (May 21-24 in Los Angeles)

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International Marian Research Institute Summer Courses

Summer courses have concluded.  We will post the course schedule for the coming year shortly.

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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

The Association for the Arch of Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and International Shrine of the Holy Innocents will present an afternoon of spiritual music and speakers on Sunday, September 1, 2002 from 12 noon to 7 p.m., at LaSalle Park in Buffalo, NY (Rain Location: St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, 325 Walden Ave. Buffalo).  Catholic musical groups to perform include The Voices of Mercy, and The Bob Fera Group.  Admission is free.  For driving directions go to www.ArchofTriumph.org/events.html.

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


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From L’Osservatore Romano

From L’Osservatore Romano July 17, 2002

On July 14, before leading the prayer of the Angelus with the pilgrims gathered in the courtyard of the Papal Residence at Castel Gondolfo, the Holy Father remembered with affection those unable to go on holiday, in prison, in hospital or left at home alone. He prayed: "Let us entrust all our intentions to Mary. Let us ask her to watch over the World Youth Day, now at hand, so that it may be an experience rich in faith and Christian commitment for the young people who will be meeting one another in Toronto."

The Holy Father addressed Fr. Angel J. Perez Pueyo, General Director of the Fraternity of Diocesan Worker Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and members of the Confraternity on July 6, on the occasion of their 20th General Assembly in Rome. He said: "Remembering that your institute has a specifically Eucharistic character, ensure that Jesus in the Sacrament is always the source of all graces in your initiatives and that the Blessed Virgin, the model of consecrated life and of the sequela, accompanies you always and everywhere in your work of evangelization!"

For the centenary of the death of St. Maria Goretti who died in the Nettuno hospital, not far from Rome, the Holy Father sent a Message dated July 6 to Bishop Agostino Vallini of Albano. He pointed to Maria Goretti as a shining example for young people, "who are the hope of the Church and of humanity," and said that she and "the many adolescents who down through centuries paid the price of martyrdom for their allegiance to the Gospel are beside them, to instill in their hearts the strength to remain firm in fidelity. Thus they will be able to become watchmen of a radiant dawn, illumined by hope. May the Blessed Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, intercede for them.!"

From L’Osservatore Romano July 10, 2002

The Holy Father sent a Message, dated May 18, to the young members of "GEN 3," a branch of the Focolari Movement for pre-adolescents, whose Supercongress takes place every five years. He said to the young builders of unity: "All young Christians are ‘for unity,’ but you, members of the Focolari Movement, are for unity in a special way!" He prayed: "May Blessed Mary help you; she loves every individual disciple of Jesus as a child of her own. Love her, dear young people, as your own Mother, and always let her guide you on your journey through life."

Pope John Paul II invoked Mary’s help and protection and entrusted to her the many groups to which he spoke, among them:

The Oblate Sisters of the Child Jesus, celebrating the 330th anniversary of their institute. On July 2 he said: "May you find support in an intense and confident devotion to Blessed Mary and to her husband St. Joseph."

The Peruvian Bishops who were in Rome for their ad limina visit. On July 2 he told them: "At the end of this fraternal meeting, I repeat my encouragement to you to persevere in your work of guiding and enlightening the life of your particular Churches, which I entrust to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the New Evangelization."

From L’Osservatore Romano July 3, 2002

On June 30, before the Angelus, the Holy Father offered his personal thanks for the prayerful support of the whole Church and asked the whole Church to continue its unceasing prayer. He said: "Together with us, as in the first community of Jerusalem, let us invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Lord and of every Christian. To her as the model of the Church at prayer, let us turn with filial confidence."

The Holy Father recalled Peter and Paul, the principal patrons of the City of Rome, during his comments before the Angelus on June 29. He told the faithful of the Diocese of Rome: "May the holy Apostles Peter and Paul always support you; may the blessed Virgin Mary, Salvation of the Roman People, to whom we now turn with loving confidence, accompany you."

On July 1 the Pope received the 28 Metropolitan Archbishops from all five continents who received the pallium on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. He told them,"As I invoke the constant protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, with great affection I renew my Blessing on you."

On June 15 the Holy Father entrusted members of the Institute of the Daughters of St. Camillus, in Rome for their General Chapter, "to the heavenly intercession of the Mother of the Lord, comforter of the afflicted, of St. Camillus de Lellis, of Bl. Luigi Tezza and Bl. Josephine Vannini."

During his audience with members of the Assembly of Organizations for Aid to the Eastern Churches on June 27, the Pope prayed: "May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, strengthen you in your good resolutions. May she support you in your effort to combine with your charitable words, charitable deeds, expressed in many signs of solidarity and brotherhood."

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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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