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Liturgical Season

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

In his Apostolic Letter on the Rosary (Rosarium Virginis Mariae) John Paul II expresses the desire "that during the course of this year the Rosary should be especially emphasized and promoted in the various Christian Communities.  I therefore proclaim the year  from October 2002 to October 2003, "The Year of the Rosary." (RVM,3).  Resonating with the Pope's wish, The Mary Page introduces a new feature called Rosary Markings.  The purpose of this feature is to broaden our understanding and to deepen our love for the rosary, mindful that "to recite the  Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ" (RVM,3).  Rosary Markings will explore various facets of the rosary, namely its history, theology and spirituality.  This seems to be a worthwhile endeavor since "the Rosary, reclaimed in its full meaning, goes to the very heart of Christian life; it offers a familiar yet fruitful spiritual and educational opportunity for personal contemplation, the formation of the People of God, and the new Evangelization." (idem). 

Rosary Markings will be updated frequently.  Our most recent addition is from November 26.

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New Resources

We have revised our Marian Magisterial Documents Index under Resources.

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  News from the Marian Library

Crèche Video

Linda Robertson is producing a "b-roll" video package on nativity sets [filmed in the Marian Library] to be aired on 800 stations around the country.

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 December 5 at 10:00 p.m.  MVCC serves the Kettering, Oakwood, Centerville and Bellbrook areas.  Readers in the Portland, Oregon area may catch the cablecast on Portland cable access Channel 22 on December 5 at 11:30 p.m. and on December 14 at 11:00 p.m.  It will also air on Portland cable access Channel 23 on November 30 at 8:30 p.m. and on December 2 at 11:00 p.m. We are also expecting cablecasts on Yellow Springs TV in the near future.

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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Crèche Exhibits '02 -Times and Dates

Marian Library 229-4214
7th Floor, Roesch Library
University of Dayton
November 25 - January 6
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Approximately 50 sets

Bergamo Center/St. John Gallery 320-5405
4400 Shakertown Road
November 27 - January 5
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday, noon - 4 pm
30 sets

Dayton Art Institute 223-5277
456 Belmonte Park N
November 25 - January 6
Daily, 10 am - 5 pm including Christmas day, extended hours to 9 pm on Thursday
30 sets

St. Peter in Chains Cathedral 513-421-5354
325 W. 8th St.
Cincinnati, OH
December 1- January 5
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday, 12:30 - 5:00 (Except Dec. 1, hours are 12:30 - 2:30)
Or by special arrangement for groups
Approximately 30 sets

John Paul II Cultural Center 202-635-5400
3900 Harewood Road, NE
Washington, D.C.
November 15 - January 17
Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, noon - 5 pm (closed Mondays)
Approximately 30 sets

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Major Exhibit Coming Next Year

A rare collection of art from the Vatican will be coming to UD during its short 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.  Courses for the Fall 2002 term completed on November 15.

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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

Fr. Benedict O'Cinnsealaigh, a graduate of IMRI, will celebrate Advent Vespers at St. Albert the Great Parish in Kettering, Ohio on December 5 at 7:00 p.m.  He will speak about the "New Marian Mysteries of the Rosary" given us in this year of the Rosary by Pope John Paul II.  For further details call (937) 293-1191.

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

'Ave Maria' in 26 languages [excerpted from Our Sunday Visitor]

New York musician, Marsha Long, loves the "Ave Maria" - so much, in fact, that her latest CD features 26 versions of the beloved hymn.  On "Ave Maria: The Universal and Timeless Hymn," Long performs the Hail Mary prayer in 14 different languages and plays 16 instruments.  She arranged more than a dozen classical versions by composers such as Bach, Schubert and Verdi, along with 11 of her own brand-new compositions.

For this CD, released by Alba House ($19.95, 1-800-533-2522), the California native even recorded a pop version of the Hail Mary using Chopin-style riffs.  Long, who performs at benefits for Catholic parishes, said she hopes her CD will inspire greater devotion to Mary and touch people both inside and outside the church.  Visit Long's web website at www.marshalong.com.

The following news item was sent 11/20/2002 via the Schoenstatt link in England:

Pope’s Prayer in Scottish Parliament

In a historic address to the Scottish Parliament, Sr. Roseann Reddy, of Cardinal Winning's Pro-Life Initiative used a prayer of Pope John Paul II directed to Mary the Mother of God in her "Time for Reflection" delivered at 2.30pm on Wednesday 13 November 2002. This is believed to be the first time in the reconvened parliament that a Pope's prayer, particularly one addressed to Mary, has been read aloud. "O Mary, Bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life: Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and Love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept the Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives, and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life."


VATICAN CITY, NOV. 20, 2002 (Zenit.org)

John Paul II says the witness of cloistered nuns is an appeal to put God first in one's life, and he calls on the whole ecclesial community to help them.

Before bidding farewell to the 7,000 pilgrims gathered for today's general audience, the Pope mentioned that this Thursday is the feast of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple, a day the Church dedicates to cloistered nuns.

"Their presence in so many parts of the world constitutes an appeal to all Christians not to forget the primacy of God in their life," the Pope said.

"These sisters decided to dedicate themselves totally to prayer and they live from what Providence gives them through the generosity of the faithful," he added.

"While I express to them my profound appreciation for the indispensable contribution they offer to evangelization, I invite all to support them with their own spiritual and material help," John Paul II concluded.

Conclusion of Papal Message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations, 2003

"To Propose to Young People the Ideal of Service"

ROME, NOV. 24, 2002 (Zenit.org)

Here is the conclusion of John Paul II's message for the next World Day of Prayer for Vocations, May 11, 2003.

The call of the Lord Jesus still resounds today: "If any one serves me, he must follow me" (Jn 12:26). Do not be afraid to accept this call. You will surely encounter difficulties and sacrifices, but you will be happy to serve, you will be witnesses of that joy that the world cannot give. You will be living flames of an infinite and eternal love. You will know the spiritual riches of the priesthood, divine gift and mystery.

As at other times, on this occasion, too, we turn our gaze to Mary, Mother of the Church and Star of the new evangelization. Let us call upon her with trust, so that in the Church there will be no lack of men and women who are ready to respond generously to the invitation of the Lord, who calls to a more direct service of the Gospel:

"Mary, humble servant of God Most High,
the Son to whom you gave birth has made you the servant of humanity.
Your life was a humble and generous service.
You were servant of the Word when the angel
announced to you the divine plan of salvation.
You were servant of the Son, giving him life
and remaining open to his mystery.
You were servant of Redemption,
standing courageously at the foot of the Cross,
close to the Suffering Servant and Lamb,
who was sacrificing himself for love of us.
You were servant of the Church on the day of Pentecost
and with your intercession you continue to generate her in every believer,
even in these our difficult and troubled times.
Let the young people of the third millennium look
to you, young daughter of Israel,
who have known the agitation of a young heart
when faced with the plan of the Eternal God.
Make them able to accept the invitation of your Son
to give their lives wholly for the glory of God.
Make them understand that to serve God satisfies the heart,
and that only in the service of God and of his kingdom
do we realize ourselves in accordance with the divine plan,
and life becomes a hymn of glory to the Most Holy Trinity.

From the Vatican, 16 October 2002.
[Translation of Italian original issued by Vatican Press Office] 

Mary as a Boost for Ecumenical Dialogue
A Waldensian's View at the End of Forum on Mariology

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

Mary seems to have become a reason for dialogue, rather than division, among separated Christians. That was a view that arose at the 3rd International Forum on Mariology, which closed Sunday in Lecco, Italy. The initiative, organized by the Pontifical Marian Academy, was encouraged by John Paul II.  In a telegram addressed to the participants, the Pope said he hoped the event would "inspire a renewed fervor of Mariological studies."

During the meeting, the person of Mary was analyzed from the biblical, theological, spiritual, liturgical and ecumenical points of view. Thus, the Lecco forum continued the kind of ecumenical reflection about Mary promoted by the French Dombes Group of Catholic and Lutheran theologians.

Among the speakers in Lecco was professor Renzo Bertalot, pastor of the Waldensian Church, a dissident group with roots in 12th-century France. Quoting Martin Luther, the pastor, who is also a consultor of the Marian Academy, spoke of the way Mary made God's action possible through her listening. Bertalot spoke with Vatican Radio today about the role Mary plays in the dialogue among separated Christians.

The "figure of Mary is the last of the five points that the present Pontiff proposes for ecumenical rethinking," Bertalot said. "On this point, notable progress has been made, moving from opposition to convergence, that is, examining the points of difficulty and those that are being surmounted."

The pastor said he agrees with the Dombes Group's suggestion, which he summarized with a motto: "It is necessary for Protestants to discover Mary in the Bible, and for Catholics to discover the Bible in Mary." According to the pastor, Mary's example constitutes a message for people of our time.

"Mary," he said, "on her way to Elizabeth's home, can tell us not to lose sight of our salvation, not be discouraged by the conditions of our time because, among other things, Mary also experienced them, [for instance,] the flight to Egypt."

"Mary always gives us the message not to allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by all this and to put the promise to Abraham as a point of departure, which in any case is being realized," Bertalot added. "More than that, for us it is fulfilled. So we are able to experience the joy expressed in the Magnificat, which shows us the horizon of the Kingdom of God that is coming, and not the kingdom of confusion in which we find ourselves today. It is an answer to the despair of our time."

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 November 9 through November 19, 2002

The most intriguing structure in Segovia may be the Roman aqueduct, which begins 15km southwest of the city and soars up to 29m by the time it reaches the city, the New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) said on November 19. A legend that has sprung up over the origins of the aqueduct tells of a young girl, tired of her water-bearing duties, who agreed to give her soul to the Devil if he built her the aqueduct to ease her toil. But she set one condition: the Devil would have to build his gift in just one night. Fear and a troubled conscience later prompted the girl to regret her rashness, and to pray to the Virgin Mary for help. Mary caused the sun to rise one hour earlier than usual that morning, leaving the Devil just one stone short of completing his task - and cheated of the soul that was promised to him.

A name not only decides the identity and fate of an innocent baby but demonstrates the creativity, originality and sophistication of its parents, writes Filipina Patricia Gajo, a freelancer for the Montreal Gazette on November 18. Among the variations is the blended name, an advanced form of compounding. As 99.999 per cent of Filipinos are Catholic, the Maria-blend (after the Virgin Mary) is ubiquitous: Marites is Maria plus Teresa, Marivi is Maria plus Victoria and Marilu is Maria plus Lucia.

Magnificat Awards in recognition of "outstanding service to God and neighbor" were presented to 100 persons at a service in Springfield, Ill., October 17 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said on November 18. The cast-bronze Magnificat Award features an image of the Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Springfield, holding the infant Jesus on her lap. The service included a ceremony during which 15 priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield were accorded the title of monsignor, a recognition that had not been bestowed on anyone in the diocese since 1974.

"Cantiones Sacrae, 1589; Propers for the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary; The Cardinall's Musick," works by Byrd, are conducted by Andrew Carwood on a new CD released by Gaudeamus, the Sunday Times (London) said on November 17. For much of Elizabeth I's reign, Byrd lived a double life, writing officially sanctioned works for the Anglican liturgy while producing Roman Catholic music for private use and, presumably, his own spiritual needs. In his second collection of Sacred Songs (1589), he set a sequence of Biblical texts with subversive messages.

"There's something pathetic about the intensity of the excitement in some scholarly and religious circles over the ancient ossuary which went on display at the Royal Ontario Museum the previous Friday," the Toronto Star said on November 17. The small (51-by-28 centimetre) limestone container for bones, bearing the words in Aramaic, "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus," is claimed by some experts to date from the first century CE and to be the first non-biblical evidence of the "historical Jesus". The writer remembers being in Florida once when flocks of people were lining up to view a reflection in a large window that looked oddly like a caped and hooded woman once it became dampened by mist or rain. They were certain it was "Our Lady," the Blessed Virgin Mary. The writer concludes: "As in the case of the ossuary, there is a sadness about all this. It is truly tragic, surely, to be so unaware that the real thing, the actual presence of God, is not to be found in any external objects or in curious manifestations, but within oneself."

A review of Agnolo Bronzino's "Lucrezia," (The Uffizi Gallery, Florence) in The Guardian (London), November 16, contains the following paragraph: Distinguishing features: She has her hand on a book of daily offices, turned to prayers to the Virgin Mary, and the words on her outer gold necklace say Amour Dure Sans Fin (love lasts eternally). But for all her protestations of piety and fidelity, it is hard to disagree with Lord Mark in Henry James's novel, The Wings of the Dove, when he says of the woman in this portrait: "Splendid as she is, one doubts if she was good."

"Patrick White skewered Australian society in his novels, particularly Voss," Thomas Keneally wrote in The Guardian (London) November 16. The title's Voss is a German explorer based on the real German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, who disappeared in the Australian wilderness in 1848. Voss is determined to cross the Australian immensity coast to coast for the first time. "A pity that you huddle (in the ports)," he, as antipodean Christ, tells the Virgin Mary of this fabulous tale, an English girl named Laura Trevalyan.

Runners dedicated to the rights of immigrants and the Virgin of Guadalupe took to the streets Oct. 29 at the Basilica of the Virgin in Mexico City, the Houston Chronicle said on November 16. The Carrera Antorcha Guadalupana, an international torch run, will finish at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City on Dec. 12, the virgin's feast day. Thursday and Friday, they ran through Houston.  The relay-style run was organized by a core of three New Yorkers who were joined by runners from Catholic dioceses along the roughly 3,000-mile route. The New York Archdiocese took a cue from a Mexican tradition: On the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Catholics had a procession in which they took a torch from the basilica named for Mary to their local parishes in Mexico City. For the past four years, Mexican-Americans in New York have adopted the tradition of Antorcha Guadalupana, processing with a torch from St. Patrick's Cathedral to local parishes.
Last year, Cardinal Edward M. Egan of New York, called on the Mexican-American community to take the tradition on the road from Mexico City to New York City. The Virgin of Guadalupe is entwined with Mexican Catholic identity. She is a vision of the Virgin Mary said to have appeared to Saint Juan Diego in 1531, inspiring conversion to Catholicism and centuries of devotion.

Torn between laughter and tears, unshaven Monsignor Jorge Enrique Jimenez, one of two priests rescued from suspected Marxist rebel kidnappers by the Colombian army, thanked God and the Virgin Mary as well as the army and President Alvaro Uribe, and said he had felt the prayers of the nation were with him throughout his ordeal, the Toronto Star wrote on November 16. The two priests had been held in the Andean mountains outside the capital, Bogota. The army suggested the 17,000-strong FARC - Latin America's oldest and largest guerrilla army - wanted to add Jimenez to a list of politicians and other public figures it hopes to exchange for jailed rebels.

The National Gallery plans to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for 29m pounds to keep a 16th-century painting by Raphael in Britain, The Independent (London) said on November 15.  Madonna of the Pinks, owned by the Duke of Northumberland, has been displayed at the gallery in London for the past 10 years but is about to be sold to the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles. The painting depicts the Virgin Mary playing with her infant son and holding a sprig of pinks, and dates from about 1507, before Raphael began working at the Papal court in Rome. Ralph Percy, the 12th and current Duke of Northumberland, whose ancestral home is Alnwick Castle, said he had to sell the painting to help pay the cost of running his estate. Critics have called it one of the greatest Old Master paintings still in private hands while the National Gallery believes that for the painting to be moved abroad would be "a matter of the deepest regret."

After 40 days and 40 nights of rain, and following his disheartening experience with the raven that did not return, the undaunted Noah sent a dove from the Ark to reconnoitre. It returned later the same day, "carrying a bough of an olive tree with green leaves, and Noah therefore understood that the waters were ceased upon the earth". Ever since, this bird has been looked on as a friend to sailors everywhere, and a dove perching on the mast or rigging of a sailing ship in olden times was an omen of a peaceful, favourable voyage, with no gales and just the right amount of wind. Swallows, however, had just the opposite effect. If a passing swallow alighted on the rigging it was sure sign of tempests on the way. There were other birds, too, whose presence near a ship was seen as, not mischievous in itself, but just a friendly warning to proceed with caution. The stormy petrel, for example, was credited with such benign intentions. These birds were sent, it was said, by the Virgin Mary, always regarded as protectress of the mariner, and were called in French les oiseaux de Notre Dame. The English had similar ideas but preferred to derive their pet-name for the stormy petrel from the Latin Mater cara, "beloved Mother", so the birds became known, with a touch of whimsy, as "Mother Carey's chickens". From The Irish Times, November 15.

Meeting in Nicaea (in what is now Turkey) in A.D. 787, the Seventh Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church encouraged artists to portray Jesus, the Virgin Mary and the saints to stimulate reverence for the central figures of the Christian faith. This propagation of sacred images was further viewed as a practical way of distinguishing Christianity from Judaism and Islam and of carrying the written message of the Gospels to the illiterate masses, The New York Times wrote on November 13. "Corpus Christi: Photographic Representations of Christ 1855-2002," an exhibition at the Hotel de Sully in Paris through Jan. 5, offers a fascinating overview of how photographers have addressed Jesus' place in Western civilization. The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, which conceived the exhibition and is to present it next year, says the show is the first of its kind. Later it may also travel to the United States. To the obvious question of why the Israel Museum should have put together this exhibition, the show's organizer, Nissan N. Perez, the museum's curator of photography, said that Jerusalem was the Holy City of Christianity as well as Judaism and that it was probably easier for a non-Christian to pick works for their artistic quality rather than for their religious content.

The Boston Camerata presented "Cantigas de Santa Maria," songs from medieval Spain, November 10 at Sanders Theatre, the Boston Herald said on November 12. These cantigas were compiled by Alfonso the Wise, king of Castille in the 13th century. All praise the Virgin Mary, making for a cross-cultural blend - Christian texts, Arabic music - that provided snappy and exhilarating results. Also reported November 10.

Under a lighted 56-foot cross, and past the beheaded camel, beer cans and weeds desecrate the forgotten Bethlehem Village. Around a bend, the gray plaster Temple of Jerusalem, affectionately called "unhistorical and funky" by one local religious scholar, now more closely resembles a prop from a Japanese monster movie, the New York Times wrote on November 12. Holy Land U.S.A., a 18-acre park of Catholic-oriented religious kitsch was once one of Connecticut's largest tourist attractions, a spiritual lodestone to more than 200,000 visitors a year from all over the East Coast. But after 44 years, Holy Land, closed since 1984 and now administered by nuns who live on the hilltop property, desperately needs a rescuer -- preferably someone with a lot of money. After years of false starts and canceled fund-raisers, the solution probably lies somewhere between restoring the park, still one of the best-known religious parks in the Northeast, and razing it, local church officials say. Some favor turning the park into a modest shrine that would include some original Holy Land icons as well as a new shrine to the Virgin of the Revelation. The Rev. Jaime Lara, a Catholic priest and professor who is chairman of the program in religion and the arts at Yale University Divinity School, said that despite an appearance that seems to have been inspired by "miniature golf settings and pious lawn sculpture," Holy Land follows in the line of the northern Italian sacri monti -- sacred mountains -- begun in the early 16th century as an alternative to the dangerous pilgrimages to the real Holy Land. The Italian versions include miniature cities, chapels, indoor dioramas, and mannequins portraying the important episodes in the life of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and saints. Holy Land is more of a Catholic Coney Island, Father Lara said.

Professor Emeritus Edward Ullendorff, FBA, writes in The Times (London) November 12: "Sir, Your report ‘Emperor's looted charm is given back to Ethiopians’ (November 4) contains many factual errors....The amulet is printed upside down and is not easily legible in this reproduction and, perhaps, also in the original. I can find nothing specific connecting it with Emperor Theodore, and I am unable to detect his baptismal name. Even if that existed it would be Walda Dengel, i.e., 'Son of the Virgin (Mary)' and not 'Born of a Virgin.'

The latest exhibit at Dunaway's Olde Towne Market Restaurant and Art Gallery in Slidell Olde Towne features the work of Slidellian Mary Stephens Powe and is titled "A Gumbo of Ya-Ya Art." Included are "Golden Madonna," done in the form of a relief sculpture with the blue-robed figure of the Virgin Mary painted in acrylic on the inside of an old drawer from a New Orleans house, and "Gospel Singers With Cuban Madonna," pictured on a glass window originally in a New Orleans house. Reported by the Times-Picayune (New Orleans) November 10.

As part of an international "Marian Hour of Prayer" program, Knights of Columbus Council 2409 will sponsor a public prayer service November 13 at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Hahnville, the Times-Picayune (New Orleans) wrote on November 10. The prayer service will honor the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of "Our Lady of the Rosary." As the symbol of the Marian Hour program, a copy of the icon will be present at each of the thousands of services being conducted this year by the Knights of Columbus councils in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines and Guam. The tribute to God, in company with Mary, is the 10th year-long program sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

Pope John Paul II is encouraging more Catholics to reclaim the ancient ritual of the prayer beads, by declaring the months through October 2003 the Year of the Rosary. And for his anniversary a few weeks ago, the pontiff gave himself and the church a gift: an extended rosary prayer. On the 24th anniversary of his election, the pontiff added a new series of "mysteries," or events in the life of Christ, to the 15 --- three sets of five --- that have made up the rosary cycle for more than 400 years. Atlanta Archbishop John Donoghue said he is especially pleased that the new list includes Jesus' last supper with his disciples, the beginning of the Eucharist. For the archbishop, the rosary represents not only the security of his faith in Jesus Christ and his love of the Virgin Mary, but also the warmth of home and family. From the Atlanta Journal and Constitution November 9.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette November 9: Five years ago (Sunday, Nov. 9, 1997): Archaeologists announced the discovery of the rock believed by early Christians to be the place where the pregnant Virgin Mary rested on her journey to Bethlehem. Construction workers laying pipe for the controversial Har Homa Jewish settlement had accidentally damaged the foundation of a fifth-century Byzantine church, revealing the rock.

A pilgrim in search of the mystical, a Toronto Star writer looking for a room is told: "There’s a Goddess Conference on. No rooms available." She writes: "Nowhere else but Glastonbury would I be competing with over 300 goddesses for a room. This mystical Isle of Avalon is a point of pilgrimage for Christians and Pagans alike. It's the site of the first Christian church in England, the hiding place of the Holy Grail and the burial place of Arthur and Guinevere....In the Chalice Well Garden, I dip my feet into the healing Pilgrims' Bath.... I stroll to the back of the garden....Surrounded by the fragrance of roses is the well head, the source of the spring. Joseph of Arimathea, the Virgin Mary's uncle, hid the Holy Grail here. Either that or in the hills behind. We don't know for sure as it's never been found." November 9 edition.

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