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Liturgical Season

In preparation for the liturgical celebrations of The Month of October, Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.

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New Resources

We have revised our Prayers of Consecration and added the Litany of Our Lady of Prompt Succor under Prayers.  There is also new material about the shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor in New Orleans under Resources.

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  News from the Marian Library

Alumni Update

Michael Duricy, IMRI graduate and long-time webmaster for the Mary Page, is now an independent filmmaker.  He recently co-produced a documentary short, Journey to Point Pleasant, with Robert Leach.  The production has been aired several times on Dayton-area cable access stations and is next slated to air on DATV [Time Warner cable channel 20 or channel 62 on the University of Dayton cable network] on October 31 at 10:30 a.m.  Readers in the Athens, Ohio area may catch the cablecast on AMAC channel 23 on October 31 at 4:30 p.m. or November 2 at 2:30 p.m.  For further details on the film, see the thorough review written by A&E Assistant Editor, Patrick Hunt, for the 10/25 issue of U.D.'s Flyer News.  

Mr. Duricy is now certified for Field production at Dayton Access Television.  Expect A/V projects related to UD and ML/IMRI in the future.  Presently, his research database of films with content related to Mary and his streaming versions of the Marian Library's documentary video are available through the Mary Page web site.

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New Exhibit

The Marian Library is currently exhibiting GOD BLESS AMERICA: Artistic Variations on 9-11, by John Solowianiuk.  This exhibit will run from October 7 thru November 22, 2002; hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday  or by special arrangement [call (937) 229-4214].

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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Major Exhibit Coming Next Year

A rare collection of art from the Vatican will be coming to UD during its small tour.  "The Mother of God: Art Celebrates Mary" will arrive in Sept. 2003 for a two month stay in the Roesch Library first-floor gallery and seventh-floor Marian Library Gallery.  The multicultural exhibition includes pieces dating from the fourth century to the 20th century.

The works include a variety of mediums such as oil on canvas and copper; tempera; gold on panel-carved sections of sarcophagi in marble; and statuary in wood, bronze, ivory, lead and soapstone.  The artists are from several different ethnic backgrounds.  Cultures of Africa, China, Korea, Greece, Central Europe, Russia, Brazil and the Solomon Islands are represented.  The 38-piece collection is housed in the Vatican Museums, although many of the pieces are in areas only accessible to scholars for study.

Aside from an extended stay at the John Paul II cultural center in Washington, D.C., the exhibit has rarely been seen by the public.  The cost of transporting, insuring and securing the art will be provided through private donations.

The works are put into six categories: Eve and Mary, The Incarnation, The Theotokos (Mother of God), Images of Prayer, Mary in Cultures Around the World and Walking with Mary in the Third Millennium.  The sections are introduced by writings from Pope John Paul II.

The exhibition puts emphasis on the mission of the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, which is serving as the host.  It will be the second exhibit in a biennial series of international art here at UD.

Source: "Rare Vatican art to make its way to campus" by Meghan Roberts, published on p. 7 in Flyer News for September 27, 2002.

For more information see also the article by Pamela Gregg in the August 22 issue of U.D.'s Campus Report.

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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.  The first courses for the Fall 2002 term are underway as of October 14.

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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

MARIAN X: A CINCINNATI TRADITION

A concert of "Advent and Marian Music for the Journey" will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. in Mother of God Church at 119 West 6th Street in Covington, Kentucky.  Their second concert will feature Pärt, Vaughn-Williams, a new Magnificat by Robert Campbelle, and Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Nöel.  A local tradition, this concert always celebrates beautiful music in a grand setting.  Tickets: $12.

To reserve tickets, call Justin at 859-441-4715.  For general or concert information, call Chris Miller at859-491-2363.  For periodic updates visit http://home.fuse.net/cincinnaticamerata.

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

Address on Value of the Rosary

Geared Toward Peace and Toward Christ, Says John Paul II

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 27, 2002 (Zenit.org)

Here is a translation of the address John Paul II gave today before praying the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square. The address was in Italian.

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

1. We are virtually at the end of the month of October, the month of the holy rosary. As you know, the next months, until October 2003, constitute the special "Year of the Rosary." I wished, in this way, to place the 25th year of my pontificate under the sign of this prayer.

The most important reason for proposing again the practice of the rosary is the fact that it constitutes the valid means to foster among the faithful that commitment to contemplation of the face of Christ, for which I appealed following the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.

2. The Virgin Mary is the unsurpassable model of Christian contemplation (see apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae," No. 10). From Jesus' conception until his resurrection and ascension into heaven, his Mother kept the gaze of her immaculate heart fixed on her divine Son: a wondrous, penetrating, sorrowful and radiant gaze (see ibid.). It is this Marian look, full of faith and love, that the individual Christian and the ecclesial community make their own when they recite the rosary.

In order "to develop the Christological meaning of the rosary" (ibid., No. 19), the apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae" integrates the traditional three cycles of the mysteries -- of joy, sorrow and glory, with a new cycle: the mysteries of light, which refer to the public life of Christ.

3. As every genuine prayer, the rosary does not remove us from reality, but helps to live the latter interiorly united to Christ, giving witness to the love of God. Therefore, the document mentioned exhorts us to rediscover the beauty of the recitation of the rosary as a family. "The family that prays together, stays together" (ibid., 41).

Therefore, "by its nature," the rosary is a prayer oriented "to peace." In this Year of the Rosary, Christians are called to keep their gaze fixed on Christ, prince of peace, so that thoughts and gestures of justice and peace will prevail in hearts and among peoples.

Let us invoke today, in particular, the intercession of the Virgin, so loved by the Russian people, who in these last days have suffered so much. While we pray for the victims of the recent painful ordeal, let us pray to the holy Virgin so that such events will not be repeated.

O Mary, who placed in our hands the holy rosary, teach us to pray it, becoming in your school authentic contemplatives and witness of Christ.

Bishop Fisichella at the Marianum

Perspective from Rector of Lateran University (excerpts)

ROME, OCT. 25, 2002 (Zenit.org)

Bishop Fisichella spoke at the opening of the academic year of the Marianum Pontifical Faculty of Theology, a university institution administered by the Order of Servants of Mary, which is dedicated primarily to studies on the figure of Mary, in the mystery of Christ and the Church, and on ecumenism. The highlight of the ceremony was the farewell address of outgoing president Father Ignacio Calabuig, and the inauguration of the Marianum's new president, Friar Silvano Maggiani.

Among the novelties at the Marianum is the second edition of a course on "Women and Christianity," which will be held in March, and the growing number of publications of students as well as professors. Registration, however, has declined slightly. Next week, Rosa Cali, alumna of the Marianum, will be awarded, by the Pope himself, the prize of the pontifical academies for the best work in the area of Mariology. Cali's work has focused on the "anti-Mariological" texts of the Church Fathers.

Why It's Not the Right Time for a Dogma on Mary as Co-redemptrix (Zenit News)

According to Member of International Pontifical Marian Academy

ROME, OCT. 21, 2002 - Will the Church proclaim Mary the Co-redemptrix and Mediatrix of all graces, as some groups urge? ZENIT asked Father Stefano de Fiores, renowned Mariologist, about the possibility. Father de Fiores is a member of the International Pontifical Marian Academy, which advises the Pope on all theological questions relating to the person of Mary. He said that to define Mary as "Co-redemptrix" does not mean to place her at the same saving level as Jesus, but to emphasize her cooperative role in salvation.

Q: There is a proposal to invoke Mary as Co-redemptrix. Would it be necessary to proclaim a new dogma?

Father de Fiores: From the conciliar and ecumenical point of view, it is certainly not opportune to proclaim this dogma at this time. The separated brethren, Protestants and Orthodox, reproach us for not consulting them in regard to the last dogmas on Mary. This is why I think that a dogma of this type would have to include their participation. Let us first move toward union or toward a certain convergence among Christians; we will then examine if it is pertinent to proclaim Mary Co-redemptrix. In fact, the title of Co-redemptrix has not been used since Pius XII, and the Pontiffs do not mention it precisely so as not to cause a misunderstanding with the Protestants. Indeed, co-redemption is not something new. Already, Irenaeus, the Church Father, referred to Mary as "causa salutis" [cause of our salvation] given her "fiat."

Q: Isn't it heretical to raise Mary to this category, placing her almost at the same saving level of Jesus?

Father de Fiores: It is necessary to clarify that it is not a question of placing her on the same plane as Jesus. The central character of the Redeemer's salvation is a given. The Virgin is seen as a collaborator in this redemption. Jesus Christ is not debated. It is not about a juxtaposition to the redemption work of Jesus Christ, but a participation, a dependency in salvation. This point must be very clear.

Q: Today, Catholicism is emphasizing Mary's salvific role. Why?

Father de Fiores: We must keep in mind that every year over 1,000 theological articles are published on Mary. The great concern of Mariologists is to avoid an isolated discourse on Mary. For this reason, Mariology is studied with an interdisciplinary approach, and articles and books are published that combine Mariology with other fields of theology, including soteriology. Mary's role in salvation was already addressed by Vatican Council II. The historic-salvific-conciliar change of direction has spoken of Mary in the mystery of Christ and of the Church. Mary is not a separate chapter. The Church Fathers themselves accentuated the aspect of Mary in salvation. Today, in addition to being centered in salvation, there is a tendency to see Christianity's involvement in history. In this connection, Mary is the free and responsible woman who sings a hymn of freedom, the Magnificat, and the woman who keeps the poor in mind. She proclaims the freedom that Christ will bring in time and in history. Thus, Mary is the model and paradigm of man saved by Christ.

In a world like ours, fragmented in blocks, Mary is the one who accepts the other while maintaining her identity. Mary is in favor of man. Beyond affirming that she is the one who receives salvation, she is the one who brings it about.

Q: What are the consequences in the ecumenical way?

Father de Fiores: The Protestants -- I am thinking, for example, of Henrick Ott, Karl Barth's successor in Basle -- admit that they feel uncomfortable with the presentation of Mary as Mediatrix, formulated by Leo XIII. However, they understand our affirmation that one goes to Jesus through Mary. They think that at times we present Mary as if she were outside Christ's mediation. The Vatican gives the solution: Mary's mediation is in Christ, not next to Christ. It is shown that not only does she save but that she makes salvation possible. This way she is acceptable to all.

Q: In his new letter on the rosary, the Pope has proposed a Marian spiritual revolution. What is the Pope's intention?

Father de Fiores: It is not a revolution but a rediscovery and an improvement in the form. With a few variations, the rosary had remained almost the same since 1569. The Pope proposes some novelties with these five mysteries. He makes the prayer of the rosary more centered on Christ and more meditative, less mechanical and more reflective. The new mysteries respond to a need that scholars, especially in Italy and France, had pointed out on several occasions. Between the last joyful mystery and the first sorrowful there was too great a leap. Significant episodes in the public life of Jesus were forgotten. In any case, it is obvious that the rosary is a synthesis and cannot contain everything.

Q: Is the rosary now more Christological and less Mariological in character?

Father de Fiores: John Paul II insists on putting Jesus Christ at the center. The Hail Mary is a Marian prayer but also Christological. Jesus and his name are at the center. For this reason, the clause of the name of Jesus is repeated, which gives this prayer a more Christological and, hence, a more ecumenical character. As early as 1300, a community of Cistercian women religious of Treveri had added more than 50 clauses to Jesus' name.

Also significant is the emphasis the Pope gives to moments of silence. The rosary must not be prayed mechanically. In addition to emphasizing silence, the biblical enunciation of the mystery, and other novelties, the Pope has added a final ejaculation: a prayer for the grace of the mystery to be granted to the person reciting the rosary. It is a passing from prayer to life. The rosary is the only prayer that brings the mystery celebrated liturgically to personal life. Moreover, it is extremely important for peace. The rosary, for example, had a decisive role in the life of the Church from the time of the Battle of Lepanto [Oct. 7, 1571], which marked the defeat of the Ottomans. Indeed, it was there that the title Virgin of the Rosary was born. However, be careful: We must not regard the rosary as a weapon. It is not. It is a peaceful means to obtain peace. Given the violence and insufficiency of public means, only God can give peace. Only he can infuse in men's and women's hearts the serenity not to pursue violence.

Rosary Touted as "Weapon" for Peace (Zenit News)

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 22, 2002 - Monday's suicide attack in Israel is an urgent reminder of the need to pray the rosary for peace, says the Vatican's semiofficial newspaper. In a front-page story, L'Osservatore Romano described the Palestinian attack on an Israeli bus as a "New Killing Against Peace." The attack left 14 dead, including two assailants, and more than 50 wounded. "The massacre makes more urgent John Paul II's appeal to take the rosary again between one's hands with confidence," reads the subtitle of the banner headline in the Italian edition dated Wednesday. The Al Qods Brigades, the armed branch of Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility for the car bomb attack at the crossroads of Karkur, in the southern border of Pardes Hanna.

"Another massacre has been perpetrated by the enemies of peace," the Vatican paper says. "Following a clear strategy of death, the extremists have struck once again, while international diplomacy is committed to the attempt to relaunch the dialogue."

"The continuous mourning, on one side and the other, makes the renewal of negotiations increasingly difficult," the article adds. In this kind of crisis, the rosary must become "a poor and powerful weapon that each day builds authentic peace," the article concludes.

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 October 10 through October 23

The discovery of a first century Jewish burial box inscribed “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” has highlighted the long, unresolved debate between Protestants on one hand and Catholics and Orthodox on the other over the nature of Jesus’ nuclear family, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said on October 23. Theologians of all stripes agree that the burial box - called an ossuary - doesn’t change the argument over whether Jesus’ mother, Mary, remained a virgin.

Philippine authorities were investigating possible links between “foreign terrorists” and a series of deadly bomb attacks in the country’s strife-torn south, officials said yesterday. A soldier was killed and 17 others injured in the latest attack on October 20, when a bomb exploded outside a Roman Catholic shrine in the southern city of Zamboanga. The shrine, which features a century-old icon of the Virgin Mary, is a heavily guarded public place with a Marine detachment camped nearby. Reported by the Australian on October 22. On October 11 police defused a homemade bomb near a Christian shrine in Zamboanga.where about 100 people were to celebrate the annual Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Singapore Straits Times said on October 13.

Chanticleer, a 12-male a capella vocal ensemble from the San Francisco Bay area, has won a Grammy Award, is signed to Warner Classics and is about to release its 25th recording. One of the group’s discs, “Magnificat,” a collection of early music devoted to the Virgin Mary, reached the Top 5 on the Billboard classical charts, the Buffalo News said on October 21. The group was in Buffalo to present a concert on October 22. 

Put the Disney design stamp on Beauty and the Beast and all over the world children compute the information that the Beast now and for ever shall wear a purple satin cloak and look like Brian Blessed in a bad mood, while Beauty or “Belle”....is as iconographically distinct in her blue and white as the Virgin Mary, a reviewer for the London Independent said about “Disney on Ice” on October 21.

“Edgardo Mine,” a play based on the 1997 book “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” by David I. Kertzer, which follows the taking of a 6-year-old Jewish boy who had been secretly baptized Catholic by a servant, his parent’s struggle to get him back, and the personal interest Pius IX showed in him, began previews at the Hartford Stage and was set to open October 23, the Boston Globe wrote on October 20. There are two versions of the story in the book, one that when his parents went to see him he wanted to say the Shema, a Jewish prayer, and the other that when his mother visited he said, “You are not my mother. The Virgin Mary is my mother.”

In Keith Warner’s new production of “Wozzeck” for the Royal Opera, The London Sunday Telegraph wrote on October 20, “our first glimpse of Marie, the mother of Wozzeck’s bastard son, is of her suspended in mid-air holding a corn sheaf...like a cross between a fertility goddess and the Virgin Mary, a radiant vision of the womanhood she will never attain.”

Candles, rosaries and scapulars were provided for those participating in the 20th annual Our Lady of Lourdes Rosary Procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on October 20, the New Orleans Times-Picayune said on that date. The Men’s Club carried a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and a statue of the Virgin Mary was crowned in the church.

The Pope has done a remarkable thing by unexpectedly inserting a completely new section into the Rosary, the London Daily Telegraph said on October 19. The present 15 mysteries, which include the Annunciation by the angel Gabriel of the conception of Jesus by the Virgin Mary, the Visitation of the pregnant Virgin to her cousin Elizabeth, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven and the crowning of the Virgin Mary in heaven by Jesus, were listed. Five new mysteries which the Pope calls the “Mysteries of Light,” are taken from the publish life of Jesus. The pope points out in a 30-page document (Rosarium Virginis Mariae) that the devotion is christocentric: “It is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ.”

A radical radio station has drawn the wrath of Poland’s Catholic Church amid increasingly frantic efforts by Cardinal Jozef Glemp, the veteran Catholic Primate, to silence its broadcasts, the London Independent said on October 19. The station has two million listeners and is filling Poland’s airwaves with talk radio espousing such right-wing and conservative Catholic views that even the Vatican cannot stand it. In the countryside, the signs on the sides of roads or the edge of villages are hard to miss. Underneath a simple depiction of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus are the words: “Radio Maryja 104.7 FM.”

Brian Bisonnette (Free for All, Oct. 12) was wrong to equate Amiri Baraka’s obscene lies about the Jewish people with the offensive painting of the Virgin Mary that was included in the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s “Sensation” exhibit. Baraka spread a damning myth about Jews….In the Brooklyn Museum case, the painting was clearly offensive to Catholics, but….did not spew lies about Catholics as a people. From an editorial in the Washington Post October 19.

The singers in Anonymous 4 have discovered in their 16 years as a touring early-music vocal ensemble that fame has its pitfalls and they are not always what one expects, The New York Times said on October 18. Recently the singers received a letter complaining about a publicity photograph in a brochure for Music before 1800, the early music series at Corpus Christ Church, where Anonymous 4 is presenting “La belle Marie: Songs to the Virgin from Medieval France.”

In the picture three of the singers are standing but one is seated, and although she is wearing slacks, the writer expressed dismay that her sitting position was unladylike. “Because we’re singing about the Virgin Mary, they feel it’s inappropriate,” one of them said.

A 300-year-old statue of Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos, which is frequently on tour from its home church in the Mexican state of Jalisco, was to be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devine from October 18 through 27, the San Antonio Express-News wrote on October 18.  The statue commemorates what tradition calls a 17th-century miracle in which a girl who was apparently killed in a fall during an acrobatic performance was brought back to life after prayers through the Virgin Mary’s intercession.

Pope John Paul II celebrated his 24th anniversary as leader of the Roman Catholic Church, vowing to serve “until the end the mission with which Christ entrusted me.” The pope, who also signed a document on changes in the rosary, told a huge crowd at St. Peter’s Square that he had entrusted the Virgin Mary with his future, the New York Times wrote on October 17.

Pope John Paul II is updating a centuries-old Roman Catholic church tradition, adding more prayers to the rosary as part of his efforts to boost spirituality and devotion to Mary, the Sydney Daily Telegraph said on October 16. The Pope, who has dedicated his papal motto to the Virgin Mary, is especially devoted to the rosary. The changes were expected to be announced later that day. The October 28 edition of Newsweek carried a story titled “A Renovation of the Rosary,” describing the addition of a fourth cycle to the rosary. The effect is to give the uniquely Catholic devotion a stronger emphasis on Christ in relation to Mary and also encourage the habit of meditation among Catholics at a time, the pope noted, when Christianity is being influenced by the meditative traditions of Eastern religions.

Two summers ago, teacher Maria Hernandez prayed repeatedly to a Virgin Mary statue in her classroom, imploring the saint to keep St. Mary’s School by the Riverwalk from closing. Today, Hernandez is still praying to the Blessed Mother, but now her requests are more like demands. “Sometimes I don’t even verbalize it; it’s just a look that I give her…that I expect this school to stay open,” she said. The pleas of pupils and parents swayed the Archbishop to keep the school open, the San Antonio Express-News said on October 15.

What the writer once knew as Glyn Grammar School and is now called Glyn Technology School is immortalized by the tabloids as the “death threat school,” after a teacher is subjected to more than 40 telephone death threats. The writer remembers some of the more unusual instructors from his time, including an “RE master whose sudden absence we put down to his claim to have bumped into the Virgin Mary on Epsom Common.” He concludes, “We warmed to them or quietly resented them, but, to my knowledge, never planned to assassinate them.” From the London Independent on Sunday, October 13.

During a 10 day tour of architecture in the Poitou-Charentes region of France, Katherine Ashenburg visited numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches. At the 11th-century abbey church of St.-Jouin-de-Marnes she finds “the Virgin Mary, costumed as a 12th-century fashion place with flowing sleeves. She is the centerpiece of the horizontal poitevin band that stretches across the bottom of the pediment – 30 small figures of nobles, clerics and peasants advancing democratically toward Jesus.” From the New York Times October 13.

Gramophone magazine’s event, during which a series of awards were handed out to the classical musicians considered to have achieved the best in their fields this year, was not without laughter. The host began the evening with a tongue-in-cheek announcement that the tenor who was due to present the St. Matthew Passion live onstage, could unfortunately not be present and then informed the audience that the Opera Babes, who were going to assist in the parts of Mary Magdalen and the Virgin Mary, could not make the ceremony either. From the London Sunday Telegraph October 13.

Even after 500 years of Catholic domination and the Pope’s visit this summer, Mexico’s ancient native religion is kept conspicuously alive by groups of performers called danzantes aztecas. The leader of one troupe says worship of the goddess they call Tonantzin, “Our Mother,” has continued uninterrupted as devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the brown-skinned Virgin Mary in native aspect revered by all Mexicans, many of whom still call her by her Aztec name. From the Toronto Star October 13.

Philip Pickett excels at bringing little-known music into the light of day with a heady mixture of scholarship and superb musicianship, the London Independent said on October 12. His latest release, Songs of Angels, by the New London Consort, consists of “intoxicating songs by the 13th-century cleric Gautier de Coincy…ecstatic hymns to the Virgin Mary…at once earthy and ethereal…utterly hypnotic.”

A consignment of women’s panties imprinted with an image of the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus have been impounded in Romania, the London Independent said on October 11. Officers cleared shelves during a raid of a Bucharest shopping mall, saying they “breached moral guidelines,” and consumer protection agency officers plan to fine the owners for illegally selling goods with religious motifs.

Several central European states are experiencing growing Euroscepticism, the London Guardian reported on October 10. The former prime minister of the Czech Republic and the increasingly nationalist opposition leader in Hungary are becoming potent leaders of the anti-EU camp. In Poland, Roman Catholic nationalists are imploring the Virgin Mary to protect them against Brussels’ godless regime.

A candlelight rosary procession to commemorate the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary was to be celebrated at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church on October 11, the New Orleans Times-Picayune said on October 10. The ceremony was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary for her intercession in sparing the parish from hurricanes during the hurricane season.

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