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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 Memorial of Mary's Queenship on August 22, Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.

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New Resources

With graphic artist, Kris Sommer, on our design team, our Mary Page web site has been getting an extensive aesthetic renovation.  The latest section to have been revised is LIBRARY.  Expect more to follow.

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  News from the Marian Library

Marjorie Yefchak, in charge of artistic activities at the Marian Library, suffered a massive stroke on Sunday, August 11. She was on life support systems for several days at the Wright Pattern Air Force Base Hospital. Last Thursday evening Marjorie was transferred to the Hospice on Wilmington. At four o'clock this morning Marjorie took her last breath. Please keep her, her husband, and her son in your prayers.

The funeral is scheduled for Thursday, August 22, 10 am, at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in North Dayton (off Troy and/or Valley Street). Viewing will be on Wednesday, August 21, 5-8 pm, at Magetti Gavin Funeral Home, 1508 Valley Street (223-2962).

New Exhibit

The Marian Library is currently exhibiting The Madonnas of Europe: A great Photographer on Pilgrimage to famous Marian Shrines in Europe, by Janusz Rosikon.  This exhibit runs from August 12 thru September 27, 2002; hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday  or by special arrangement [call (937) 229-4214].  Items are displayed on both the first and seventh floors of Roesch Library.

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)

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

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

The schedule of IMRI courses for Fall 2002 - Fall 2003 is now available for view.

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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

If you are able, please join Dan Lynch, for a beautiful afternoon of spiritual music and reflection on Sunday, September 1, 2002, from 12 noon to approximately 5:00 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


John Paul II on pilgrimage to his Homeland

KRAKOW, Poland, AUG. 16, 2002 (Zenit.org)

John Paul II arrived in his beloved Krakow, bringing a message of mercy and solidarity to a homeland profoundly changed in the post-Communist era. The trip is a nostalgic homecoming for John Paul II -- he was archbishop of Krakow before his election as Pope -- as well as an effort to show solidarity with his countrymen, many of whom are suffering economic hardships under capitalism and Poland's preparation for membership in the European Union.

On Monday, the Holy Father will celebrate the fourth centenary of the dedication of the shrine of the Passion of Jesus and of the Virgin of Sorrows in the Basilica of Kalwaria Zedrzydowska.

Angelus Address at Castel Gandolfo on Aug. 11

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 16, 2002 (Zenit.org)

Here are excerpts of the address John Paul II gave last Sunday before leading pilgrims in praying the midday Angelus.

During this time of summer relaxation, when many are enjoying a deserved rest, I cannot stop thinking with great concern about the Holy Land. There, unfortunately, the almost daily episodes of reprehensible violence do not cease, taking the lives of so many of our brothers and sisters, victims of a deadly unending spiral of retaliation. …

I call on Christians of every part of the world to join in my fervent and trusting prayer. Mary, Queen of Peace, grant that the cries of those who suffer and die in the Holy Land will finally be heard.

From L’Osservatore Romano

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

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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 July 31 through August 10

News of Pope John Paul II’s trip to Mexico City and his canonization of Juan Diego, the first indigenous saint of the Americas, inspired numerous stories on July 31 and August 1. The Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego as a dark-skinned Indian at Guadalupe in 1531. A sampling of headlines from the media follows.

In Mexico, a less dogmatic Catholicism; Families more loyal to Virgin than to church - The Atlanta Journal and Constitution;

Pope flies into dispute over Mexican saint – The Daily Telegraph (London);

Virgin of Guadalupe inspires devotee; Community grotto completed with gift of Juan Diego statue – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel;

Pope visits his stronghold under siege – The London Times;

Pope to canonise shepherd who saw vision of Virgin – The Irish Times;

A matter of faith – The Austin American Statesman;

Utahans Rejoice: Fact or Not, Indian Saint Is Inspiring – The Salt Lake Tribune;

Pope calls on Mexicans to help the region’s poor – CTV News;

European look of new Indian saint rankles Mexicans: Papal visit meant to strengthen Catholic bond, but depictions of Juan Diego muddle mission – Vancouver Sun (source: The Daily Telegraph);

VOA News: World – Global News Wire;

Pope canonizes Indian saint – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution;

John Paul II in Mexico: Pope Issues Call for Rights in Mexico - The Boston Globe;

Juan Diego – The Denver Post;

Pope Gives Mexico Its Own Aztec Saint – The Scotsman;

Pope canonizes Indian folk hero; His 3-country trip ends in Mexico – The Seattle Times;

Mexico: Pope Beautifies Indian “Informants” – Inter Press Service;

Cathedral shrine – City News Service (Los Angeles).

Pope John Paul II, used to welcoming millions of admirers each year, will carry out a pilgrimage of his own when he visits his native Poland in what many believe may be the ailing pontiff’s last trip home, Agence France Press said on August 12. The pope is due to arrive in Krakow on August 16 and will visit his parents’ graves to mark the anniversary of the death of his father, who took the young Karol Wojtyla on one of his first holy pilgrimages to the shrine of Kalwaria Zebrzydowskia, southwest of Krakow, to pray to the Virgin Mary.

The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Smolensk Virgin Mary Icon Day this Saturday, ITAR-TASS News Agency wrote on August 10. According to a legend, evangelist Luke painted the icon and Greek tsarevna Anna was blessed with the icon on the way to the Russian throne when she left Constantinople for Russia in 1046. People believe the icon helped Russian troops during the 1812 war and the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.

Major renovations are currently under way at the Church of the Madonna della Difesa in Little Italy, but one fresco will remain as is, despite the controversy it continues to draw, the Montreal Gazette said on August 10. The late 1920s fresco, situated directly above the main altar, depicts the Virgin Mary framed in a celestial light and surrounded by angels. Also depicted in the fresco are Pope Pius XI, surrounded by cardinals and bishops, the artist Guidio Nincheri, and former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on horseback, surrounded by generals. It is this sight that has drawn criticism over the years, not to mention a few raised eyebrows. Mussolini’s image was covered by a sheet from 1940 to 1945, but there has never been any real question of altering the representation of the now infamous dictator. “Why should we have to remove it?” asks Loris Palma, charged with overseeing the renovations of the church. “It reminds us of what happened. If you take it away, people will ask who was Mussolini. He belongs to the history of Italy.” He explained, “We have Mussolini there because he made a pact with the Vatican” and if it wasn’t for this pact, the pope would have continued to be a virtual prisoner and today we would not have a pope who readily travels across the world to spread his teachings, as Pope John Paul II recently did in Toronto. Palma is founder of the Societe de Diffusion du Patrimoine Artistique et Culturel des Italo-Canadiens, an organization that promotes the works of Italian-Canadian artists such as Nincheri.

Candles flicker and incense wafts over a mantel piece arranged with a small army of objects that include clay skulls the size of quarters, a gargoyle, a cherub angel and images of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Virgin Mary. This shrine is one of several Monica Royalty has erected to honor things that represent important aspects of her life, The Riverside, CA., Press-Enterprise said on August 8. The article included tips for making a personal shrine.

Experienced artisans in Sanford, Fla., work with cutting torches, electric grinders and chemicals to finish one of the most cherished art pieces of all time, the bust of the Madonna from Michelangelo’s “Pieta,” the New York Times wrote on August 7. The American Bronze Fine Art Foundry will eventually produce 3,000 bronze busts of the Virgin Mary, to be sold for $15,000 each. Another 1,000 made of silver are priced at $30,000 each and 25 will be cast in gold and later offered at $1 million each. The transaction to reproduce the bust from the marble statue was accomplished by New Renaissance Art, which negotiated an exclusive licensing agreement with the Vatican’s administrative unit, Treasures of St. Peter’s. This is the first time that a reproduction of “The Pieta” has been allowed. The Madonna busts will be sold to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the statue’s presentation to the church, and each buyer is being offered a private tour of the Vatican Treasury and the Vatican Museum. A part of the profit is to go to the Vatican for upkeep and restoration of its art.

St. Augustine’s will mark the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a procession and solemn mass next Thursday, the Grimsby Evening Telegraph said on August 10. It will be followed by sausage sizzle and fireworks.

The Cathedral of the Madeleine Choir will assist in the Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15, the Salt Lake City Dessert News said on August 10.

Residents of Lithuania will work this Saturday, Aug. 10, but will have as may as four free days next week, after the government passed a resolution shifting the civil servants’ free day from Aug. 10 to Aug. 16, due to the national holiday on Aug. 15, the Assumption Day, which commemorates the Virgin Mary’s assumption into heaven, thus extending the weekend to four days, Baltic News Service said on August 7.

For more than a century people have traveled to the French town of Lourdes in search of miracles. It is one of the places where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared and is revered by Catholics all over the world. But instead of a miracle, the trip ended in tragedy when 12-year old Christopher Brown was crushed to death April 18 last year beneath the wheels of a bus belonging to the Catholic organization that was supposed to be looking after him, the Observer wrote on August 4. His mother is suing the Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust, claiming they broke promises about the level of care her son would receive on the pilgrimage.

Roman Catholic cathedral of the Immaculate Heart now has a new father superior, who arrived in Irkutsk on a bike. The Polish priest Krzystof Kowal left the town of Koszalin in Poland two months ago, traveling 7,000 km to arrive at his destination. He said the trip made it easier for him to get to know the country and its people.

Shooting is about to start on the latest blockbuster movie to be made in Liverpool, the Liverpool Echo said on August 1. The Virgin of Liverpool tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who tries to find a new home for a statue of the Virgin Mary earmarked for demolition.

For 250 years the Razzouk family in Jerusalem’s Old City has offered Christian pilgrims a Holy Land souvenir they can take to their graves – a tattoo. Simple designs of Christ on the cross, his resurrection, the Virgin Mary, or elaborative decorative crosses in black ink have adorned the forearms of the likes of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and King George V of England. Anton Rassouk, 58, and his sister Georgette, 60, are the last of generations of Razzouks to carry on the family tradition. With the fighting scaring pilgrims away, their tradition may die out, the Associated Press said on August 7. Razzouk said, “We print designs which are a certificate of pilgrimage. I do believe, like those pilgrims who tattoo themselves, that a Christian design on the arm is a pathway and a ticket to heaven.” A small collection of the family’s olive-wood stamps, used to trace the tattoo on the arm of a pilgrim, are featured in an exhibition at the Tower of David Museum in the Old City. The exhibition focuses on styles of body decorations common to the Middle East such as henna, kohl and the pilgrim’s tattoo. A researcher for the exhibition, Mordechai Levy, attests to the long history of tattoos – a continuous tradition of 400 years – in the Holy Land.

Two girls, aged 14 and 15 at the time, are the alleged victims of sexual assault by outcast Catholic cult leader William Kamm aka Little Pebble who claims he will be the pope who leads mankind into the Apocalypse, the Sydney Morning Herald wrote on August 10. A sister of one of the girls, then aged 13, is the alleged victim of Kamm’s chief disciple, James Duffy. The offences are said to have occurred in 1993 and 1994.  Kamm, 52, who says he began talking to God and the Virgin Mary when he was 18, faces nine charges after 40 police, led by the Child Protection Enforcement Agency, raided his closed community on August 8.

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