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Liturgical Season

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

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New Resources

We have posted Paul VI's Apostolic Exhortation on Praying the Rosary for Peace, Recurrens Mentis October,  under Prayers.

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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 CATV [channel 23 on the Miami Valley Cable Council network] on November 5 at 11:00 p.m., November 8 at 8:40 p.m. and November 16 at midnight.  MVCC serves the Kettering, Oakwood, Centerville and Bellbrook areas.  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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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

John Paul II Calls for More Profound Study of Mary

150th Anniversary of Immaculate Conception Proclamation Approaches

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 29, 2002 (Zenit.org)

John Paul II called for more profound theological studies and further research on the Virgin Mary. The Pope made his request when he met today with participants in the seventh public session of the pontifical academies. The objective of these academies, whose work is coordinated by the Pontifical Council for Culture, is profound study of fundamental issues of human learning -- theological, philosophical and scientific -- in order to advise the Pope. The latest session was dedicated to the work of the International Marian Pontifical Academy and the Pontifical Academy of the Immaculata on the topic "Mary, 'Luminous Dawn and Sure Guide' of the New Evangelization." The Holy Father said he was particularly interested in the subject, because "it takes up the expressions with which I conclude the apostolic letter 'Novo Millennio Ineunte,' entrusting to Mary, Mother of God and of all believers, the future of the new millennium and the way of the Church."

In order to learn to contemplate and to love the face of Christ, "we must go to Mary, who fully accepting the plan of God, formed her Son in a singular way, supporting his growth," he stressed. Because of this, the Pontiff encouraged "interdisciplinary research that develops Mariological reflection, seeking new sources, in addition to the traditional, to obtain other suggestions for theological research." Recalling that 2004 will mark the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of Mary's Immaculate Conception, the Pope said that the two Marian pontifical academies are called to offer their contribution so that it will be "an occasion of renewed theological, cultural and spiritual effort to communicate to the men and women of our time the most authentic meaning and message of this truth of faith."

In order to encourage theological research on Mary, the Pope decided to award the pontifical academies' traditional prize this year to Rosa Cali, alumna of the Marianum School of Theology of Rome, for her doctoral thesis entitled "Anti-Mariological Texts in the Exegesis of the Fathers from Nicaea to Chalcedon."

Why Now Is the Time for a Dogma of Mary Co-redemptrix

According to Mark Miravalle, President of Vox Populi

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio, OCT. 31, 2002 (Zenit.org)

The Pope's new apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae" (The Rosary of the Virgin Mary) has rekindled interest in Our Lady's role in the life of Christ and in salvation history.

Mark Miravalle, a leading proponent for having Mary declared Co-redemptrix, offered his views with ZENIT. Miravalle is professor of theology and Mariology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and president of Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici.

ZENIT: Why do you think the title of Mary Co-redemptrix is a legitimate Marian title within the Church?

Miravalle: The Marian title "Co-redemptrix" refers to the unique participation of Mary in the work of our redemption accomplished by Jesus Christ. The prefix "co" comes from the Latin word "cum," which means "with" and "not equal to."

The term as used by the Church never places Mary on a level of equality with Jesus Christ, the divine redeemer. Yet the free and active human cooperation by the Mother of Jesus in redemption, particularly at the annunciation and at Calvary, is rightfully acknowledged by the papal magisterium and the teachings of the Second Vatican Council -- see "Lumen Gentium," Nos. 56, 57, 58 and 61 -- and becomes the pre-eminent example of how every Christian is called to become a "co-worker with God."

Papal theologian Father Cottier, O.P., recently defended the title of Mary Co-redemptrix in the teachings of the Second Vatican Council in an international address for the Congregation of Clergy. Cardinal Schönborn, former secretary of the universal Catechism, is also an eloquent defender of the title, and one of the 550 bishops endorsing the papal definition of Mary Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces, and Advocate.

Q: Has John Paul II ever called Mary the "Co-redemptrix"?

Miravalle: Pope John Paul II has used the title of Co-redemptrix on at least six occasions in papal addresses, as did Pope Pius XI several times before him.

For example, in his homily at Guayaquil, Ecuador, in January 1985, John Paul stated that Mary was "crucified spiritually with her crucified Son" and that "her role as Co-redemptrix did not cease after the glorification of her Son."

The repeated and consistent teachings of our Holy Father on Mary as Co-redemptrix in papal addresses and homilies is a manifestation of the mind and ordinary magisterium of the Pope that does call for our religious submission of will and intellect, according to Lumen Gentium, 25.

The Second Vatican Council makes reference to papal allocutions on numerous occasions as doctrinal support for its conciliar conclusions. As papal addresses were recognized by the council as legitimate doctrinal sources, so John Paul's Marian magisterium should be recognized in the same way in this post-conciliar period.

Sanctity bears strong witness to the title of Mary Co-redemptrix. St. Pio of Pietrelcina, St. Josemaría Escrivá, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross -- Edith Stein, St. Leopold Mandic, Blessed Bartolo Longo and numerous other recently canonized saints and blesseds have used the title, along with St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta was in a real sense one of the leaders in the cause for a dogmatic definition of Mary Co-redemptrix and Mediatrix of all graces. Sister Lucia, the Fatima visionary, has also underscored the role of Mary Co-redemptrix in her latest book, "Calls from the Message of Fatima," expounding upon Mary Co-redemptrix in six different sections.

Q: What about the objection that Co-redemptrix is not a legitimate term because it is not in the language of Scripture and the Church Fathers?

Miravalle: To object to the legitimacy of the title of Co-redemptrix is implicitly to criticize John Paul II, who, once again, has repeatedly used the title of Co-redemptrix. To use the language of Scripture and the Fathers as a criterion for legitimate Church terminology would be effectively to eliminate the Marian dogmatic titles of the Immaculate Conception and Assumption, as well as the term transubstantiation and even papal infallibility, as none of these dogmatic truths are described in the language of Scripture and the Fathers.

It would be important to avoid any type of semi-primitivism which would preclude a legitimate development of doctrine or title because of the lack of its explicit presence in Scripture and the Fathers.

Venerable Cardinal Newman answered Pusey regarding a similar objection by saying, "Why do you protest against Our Lady being called Co-redemptrix when you are ready to accept the immeasurably more glorious titles ascribed to her by the Fathers: Mother of God, Second Eve, Mother of All the Living, Mother of Life, Morning Star, Mystical New Heaven, Center of Orthodoxy, the all-undefiled Mother of Holiness, and the like?"

Q: But would the papal definition of Mary Co-redemptrix hinder the important ecumenical mission of the Church?

Miravalle: In the 1950s, Protestant theologians Miegge and Maury identified Marian co-redemption as the fundamental issue of 20th-century Mariology. More recently, the Dombes ecumenical treatment on Mary noted that the omission of the titles of Co-redemptrix and Mediatrix of all graces at Vatican II for reasons of not offending Protestant Christians was not effective, since the doctrine of co-redemption and mediation remained a fundamental teaching of the council.

It is time to be more straightforward with other Christian ecclesial bodies about Catholic doctrine on Marian co-redemption and mediation, and to articulate this truth with the greatest possible theological integrity and precision, while at the same time manifesting great sensitivity to those who do not share our Catholic vision. This would be the significant ecumenical benefit of a definition of Mary Co-redemptrix.

The late Cardinal O'Connor of New York stated that a definition would greatly assist ecumenism because its precise articulation would assure other Christians that we do distinguish adequately between Mary's unique association with Christ and the redemptive power exercised by Christ alone.

In "Ut Unum Sint," the Holy Father states that the Christian unity willed by God can only be attained by an acceptance of the full content of revealed truth, and prohibits any compromise of truth or doctrinal development for the sake of "facile agreement."

This is why the person of John Paul II offers a particular rationale for the present opportuneness of a papal definition of Mary Co-redemptrix. This Pope possesses the true gift of being at the same time "fully ecumenical" and "fully Marian." Who better than John Paul II to strike the delicate balance between full dogmatic integrity and genuine ecumenical sensitivity regarding the formulation of a new Marian dogma? Does he not brilliantly portray this careful balance in "Rosarium Virginis Mariae"?

At the beginning of the 1987 Marian Year, the Holy Father encouraged the preparatory commission to have more "trust in Mary for the mission of ecumenism." The same wisdom applies regarding a possible Marian dogma. The spiritual Mother of all peoples remains the Mother of Christian unity, not its obstacle.

In regards to the Orthodox, our sister Churches, their generous liturgical celebration of the role of the Mother of God in our salvation is something for the Western Church to emulate and rediscover. Their common liturgical entreaty, "O Mother of God, save us," captures the heart of Mary's unique role in the salvific mission of her Son. In fact, Patriarch Bartholomew issued a 1998 Lenten encyclical on the role of the Mother of God in salvation, which went almost completely unnoticed in the West.

The fact remains that the Orthodox Churches, as do Protestant ecclesial bodies, do not accept the office of papacy, and thereby could never logically be in favor of the exercise of a papal charism of infallibility from an office that they a priori reject. This is why to hold that until we receive the endorsement of Orthodox and Protestant authorities for a dogma, Marian or otherwise, the Pope should not declare a dogma, is philosophically and practically to eliminate entirely the charism of papal infallibility.

Q: How many Catholic faithful have petitioned for this dogma, and do you see any relevance for the proclamation of this Marian dogma with the present world situation?

Miravalle: In the last 10 years, about 7 million petitions from over 150 countries have been sent to the Holy See, along with the endorsements of 550 bishops and over 40 cardinals. This constitutes the largest petition drive per annum in the history of the Church.

In light of the present world climate of war and rumors of war, I believe the proclamation of the dogma of Mary Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces and Advocate would be the means to release the full exercise of Our Lady's motherly intercessory role in bringing peace to a troubled world, in fulfillment of her Fatima promise that "in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph ... and a period of peace will be granted to the world." God respects human freedom, and the papal proclamation would "free her" to exercise fully her saving roles for contemporary humanity.

The recent promulgation of "Rosarium Virginis Mariae" and the gift of five new luminous mysteries reminds us that the Holy Father has a mind of his own regarding the Mother of God. I believe we should remain open-minded and obedient to the final discernment of this "Totus Tuus" Pope regarding the opportuneness of the papal definition of Mary Co-redemptrix.

The Media's Open Season on Catholicism Continues

LONDON, NOV. 2, 2002 (Zenit.org)

Some media outlets seem to be making a year-round sport of attacking the Catholic Church.

Take the case of the latest scandal film, "The Crime of Father Amaro." The movie, due to open Nov. 15 in the United States, has been a box office hit in its native Mexico, the New York Times reported Oct. 21. U.S. media coverage has focused on the aspects of the film dealing with forbidden passions and abuse of power in the Church. ...

As Archbishop Alberto Suárez Inda of Morelia told a local news service, El Observador de la Actualidad, in its Aug. 25 bulletin, the film's gravest offense is not the attempt to run down the image of priests. Rather, it is its sacrilegious treatment of the Virgin Mary and the sacraments, including the Eucharist, he said.

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John Paul II's recent decision to suggest another set of mysteries to the rosary met with a generally favorable reaction. But not in the British newspaper Independent. In an Oct. 20 article, Catherine Pepinster lamented that the Pope's changes meant she wasted her money earlier this year when she bought a rosary for a friend. The proposed mysteries, Pepinster said, are just part of a sinister Church plan to "bring extra money flowing into the Vatican's coffers as the devout dump their old beads" and have to buy new ones.

She also considers the rosary to be largely ignored by the faithful today. As a remedy, she recommends that the Church seek the advice of experts in order to market the rosary -- much in the same way she says the crucifix has succeeded as a fashion accessory. As the Second Vatican Council's decree on the means of social communications, "Inter Mirifica," observed that the media, "if properly utilized, can be of great service to mankind." Yet, the Church also grieves "at the harm all too often done to society by their evil use." That decree seems as relevant today as the day it appeared in 1963.

From L’Osservatore Romano

From L’Osservatore Romano October 23, 2002

On October 20, World Mission Sunday, the Holy Father beatified six Servants of God who exemplified in a personal way their extraordinary obedience to the command to preach the Gospel to the whole world. To all those attending, he said, "May Mary, Star of evangelization, and the new Blesseds protect and accompany your steps on the highways of the world."

The Pope received in a special audience October 21 the pilgrims who came for the beatification of the six new Blesseds and reflected on the great things God was able to do through the response to grace of the six. He said, "The new Blesseds impel and support our path to the Lord.

The maternal protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary accompanies us whom we invoke in the month of October in a special way as we pray the Rosary."

At the General Audience on October 16 the Holy Father presented to Chiara Lubich, foundress of the Focolare Movement, a Message for the General Assembly taking place at Castel Gandolfo. He thanked the Focolare for their fostering of the spirituality of communion. "I especially appreciate the Work of Mary for the valid contribution it offers in pursing its specific goal of the promotion of community through the quest for and practice of dialogue both within the Catholic Church, with the other Churches and ecclesial communities, and with the different religions and with non-believers," he said. He asked them to make ever deeper the spiritual bond that unites them to the Blessed Virgin Mary and said, "I am certain that in your devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary you will give the necessary emphasis to the initiative of a year dedicated to the Rosary."

On October 16, the 24th anniversary of his election as Roman Pontiff, during the General Audience in St. Pater’s Square, the Holy Father entrusted again to the Blessed Virgin Mary his ministry and the needs of humanity. In honour of Mary, Queen of the Rosary, he signed the apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae (the Rosary of the Virgin Mary) that presents the Rosary as an outstanding way to contemplate the face and mysteries of Christ. What is new in the Letter is the addition of five mysteries of Christ’s public life and mission, the mysteries of light, to the Rosary in its present form. The pope also announced the Year of the Rosary that goes from October 2002 to October 2003.

The Pope’s Apostolic Letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, appears as a special insert. The seven sections of the Introduction include The Popes and the Rosary, The Year of the Rosary and the Rosary as A path of Contemplation. Chapter I considers Contemplating Christ with Mary and its eight sections include segments on Mary, model of contemplation, Mary’s memories, and The Rosary, a contemplative prayer. Chapter II, titled Mysteries of Christ - Mysteries of His Mother, discusses the Rosary, "a compendium of the Gospel," A proposed addition to the traditional pattern, the Joyful Mysteries, the Mysteries of Light, the Sorrowful Mysteries and the Glorious Mysteries, and concludes with From "mysteries" to the "Mystery": Mary’s way, and Mystery of Christ, mystery of man. The theme of Chapter III is ‘For Me, to Live is Christ.’ Included are sections on Announcing each mystery, Silence, The ‘Our Father,’ the Ten ‘Hail Marys,’ The concluding short prayer, the Rosary beads and The opening and closing. The Conclusion discusses the "Blessed Rosary of Mary, sweet chain linking us to God," Peace, The family: parents...and children, and The Rosary, a treasure to be rediscovered.

From L’Osservatore Romano October 16, 2002

The Holy Father presided at a Eucharistic liturgy in the presence of Teoctist, the Orthodox Patriarch of Romania, on October 13. The two were together at the altar for the liturgy of the Word and each gave a homily. In his homily the Holy Father affirmed the goal of full communion with the Orthodox Churches. He said, "Your Beatitude, on your return home, assure everyone that Romania, which tradition describes with the beautiful title of ‘the Garden of the Mother of God’ is in the heart of the Bishop of Rome, who prays every day for the beloved Romanian people. May God always bless Romania!"

On October 13, before the Angelus, Pope John Paul II recalled the desire for full communion among Christians that was one of the of the great goals of Vatican II. He also recalled that October 11 was the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council by Blessed John XXIII. He said, "May the Virgin Mary, Mother of God and of the Church, help us to understand that in the Council we have received ‘a sure compass to guide us on the path of the century that is beginning

At the General Audience on October 9, in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father commented on Psalm 66, a short but compelling hymn of praise and thanksgiving to God. After greeting the pilgrims in various languages, the Holy Father spoke briefly to young people, the sick and newly-weds, asking them to pray the Rosary for peace in October, the month of the Rosary.

From L’Osservatore Romano October 9, 2002

On the occasion of the Jubilee for the seventh centenary of the birth of St. Bridget of Sweden in 1302, the Holy Father sent a Message to he Abbess General of the Order of the Most Holy Saviour of St. Bridget, founded by the saint. The Pope said that "One special aspect of Bridget’s spirituality deserves to be highlighted: the Marian dimension of her consecration to Christ. A Woman, Mary, is at the heart of the economy of salvation. St. Bridget invites people to see the Virgin of Nazareth as a female icon of Christianity. In seeking to imitate Mary, she made herself a faithful wife, mother and religious; in the Virgin’s footsteps, she sought in every circumstance to do God’s will without reserve."

On October 6 the Pope celebrated the Mass of Canonization of St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, founder of Opus Dei. In his homily the Pope said, "May Mary sustain you, whom the holy founder invoked as "Spes nostra, Sedes Sapientiae, Ancilla Domini!" (Our Hope, Seat of Wisdom, Handmaid of the Lord). May Our Lady make everyone an authentic witness of the Gospel, ready everywhere to make a generous contribution to building the Kingdom of Christ!"

In his introduction to the Angelus which followed, the Pope said, "Love for Our Lady is a constant characteristic of the life of Josemaria Escriva and is an eminent part of the legacy that he left to his spiritual sons and daughters."

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