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