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Liturgical Season

To celebrate the Lenten Feast in the company of Mary see:

Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.  We also list important Marian dates for each month of the year.  Please see Marian Commemoration Days for the month of April.

Rosary Markings

Rosary Markings is an answer to John Paul II's proclamation of "The Year of the Rosary" (2002-2003).  Rosary Markings will explore various facets of the rosary all through this anniversary year.  It will be updated frequently.  

A comprehensive list of Mary Page resources related to the Rosary may be found on our Rosary Index.

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New Resources

We have posted a prayer for Dedication of a Child to Our Lady of Guadalupe and one to Our Lady of China.  We have also posted the answer to a related question from a reader: What about Our Lady of China?, as well as a reflection on Blessed John Duns Scotus.

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  News from the Marian Library

Current Exhibit

Native American Madonnas by Father Guiliani will be on display in the Marian Library Gallery from March 10 to May 5, 2003.  The Gallery is open from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm weekdays.  For more information, or to arrange for viewing at another time, call (937) 229-4214.

To see a virtual exhibit of this year's displays click into Current Exhibit.

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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 Spring 2003 - Fall 2003 is now available for view.  Courses for the Spring 2003 term conclude this week.

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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

Upcoming MSA meeting in Los Angeles

The 2003 meeting of the Mariological Society of America (May 21-24, 2003) will be held at St. Mary's College, Chalon campus, in Los Angeles, California. The campus is located very nearby the Getty Museum. It will be the third of three meetings in the Series entitled: "The Marian Dimension of the Christian Life: Historical Perspectives." The 2003 meeting will deal with 19th and 20th century developments, with special attention to Mary's role in evangelization.

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



Following today's general audience catechesis, Pope John Paul addressed the pilgrims present in St. Peter's Square in various languages, asking first and foremost for prayers for peace in the world, most especially in Iraq. He also announced that on October 7 he will go to the Marian shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii, near Naples, Italy.

"Dear friends," the Pope addressed Italian pilgrims, "yesterday we celebrated the solemnity of the Annunciation, the first of the Joyful Mysteries that recalls the Incarnation of the Son of God, Prince of Peace. Reciting the holy Rosary we meditated on this mystery with our heart oppressed by the news coming from Iraq which is in war, without forgetting the other conflicts that rage on earth."

"How important it is," he continued, "that during this Year of the Rosary we persevere in praying the rosary to implore peace! I ask that you continue to do so, especially in Marian shrines. To Mary, Queen of the Rosary, I now entrust my intention to go to her shrine in Pompeii next October 7 on the occasion of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. May Mary's maternal intercession obtain justice and peace for the entire world."

Speaking Dutch, the Holy Father told pilgrims from the Netherlands and Belgium: "Let us raise our prayers to God that love may conquer hatred, that peace, justice and solidarity may grow in every corner of the earth, in the spirit of the Gospel."

John Paul II then addressed his fellow Poles, including the cardinal primate of Poland, the minister for Fine Arts, and the ambassadors of Poland and France to the Holy See. "At the end of this audience," he told them, "I will bless a copy of the famous fresco of 'Mater admirabilis' from the church of the Most Holy Trinity (on Rome's Trinita dei Monti). Tradition links this in a singular way with Cyprian Norwid. He prayed before this image for the gift for himself of conversion and faith. I express my joy that this fact is being commemorated through this copy of the fresco to be placed in the church of St. Catherine in Warsaw.

"Born near Warsaw, Poland in 1821, Cyprian Norwid was a poet, painter, playwright and philosopher, whose works have been cited on many occasions by Pope John Paul in his speeches. Norwid's travels to Europe brought him frequently to Rome and to the church of Trinita dei Monti.


From Zenit

Encyclical on Eucharist Due Out on Holy Thursday

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 30, 2003 (Zenit.org)

John Paul II plans to sign his forthcoming encyclical on the Eucharist during the Mass of the Lord's Last Supper on Holy Thursday.

The Pope made the announcement today to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square.

The encyclical "is centered on the intrinsic value and importance for the Church of the sacrament that Jesus left us as a living memorial of his death and resurrection," the Pope said.

In the Eucharist, "Jesus, Bread of eternal life and true manna, sustains believers on the way through the 'desert' of history toward the Promised Land," he explained.

John Paul II will publish the encyclical instead of his usual Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday.

He added: "From this moment, I entrust to Mary this important document."

Pope's Letter on Rosary a Best Seller in Africa

ROME, MARCH 30, 2003 (ZENIT.org - Fides)

John Paul II's apostolic letter for the Year of the Rosary is a best seller for Pauline African publishers.

Some 15,000 copies of "Rosarium Virginis Mariae" in English and 20,000 in Swahili have been sold.

Also popular is the booklet explaining the new luminous mysteries of the rosary; some 30,000 copies have been distributed.

Local Catholic bishops and communities thanked the Pauline Publishers for the speed with which the texts were produced.

The quick diffusion of the texts is notable considering that of the 20 countries in the world with the highest illiteracy rate, 14 are in Africa.

Focolare Group Promoting Rosary for Peace

ROME, MARCH 30, 2003 (Zenit.org)

The Focolare movement's Youth for a United World kicked off a 24-hour-a day campaign among young people to pray the rosary for peace.

The "planetary rosary for peace" carries on, in part, an appeal made by L'Osservatore Romano the day after the Iraqi war started. That appeal also called for round-the-clock recitation of the rosary for peace.

The Vatican semiofficial newspaper said the moment had arrived "to intensify supplication to the Queen of Peace so that she would intercede before her Son, the Prince of Peace."

The proposal was made on the day that Iraqi Catholics and other Christians consecrated their country to Mary, the Queen of Peace, in St. Joseph's Cathedral in Baghdad.

Youth for a United World, active in 180 countries, brings together young people of various races, cultures and religions.

"Day of the Unborn" Taking on a Life of Its Own

Coincides with Feast of the Annunciation

BUENOS AIRES, MARCH 25, 2003 (Zenit.org)

The unborn are getting a day of recognition all their own -- and the trend is growing.

In many countries the Day of the Unborn is being observed today, feast of the Annunciation, in favor of life and human dignity.

El Salvador was the first country to decree such a celebration in 1993, naming it the Day of the Right to Be Born. The Legislative Assembly so proclaimed it, thanks to the efforts of the pro-life movement, especially the Say Yes to Life Foundation, which is affiliated with Human Life International.

In December 1998, then Argentine President Carlos Menem declared March 25 the Day of the Unborn.

The date was chosen as it is the day that Catholics, who constitute more than 90% of the Argentine population, celebrate the Annunciation, when Jesus was conceived in the Blessed Virgin's womb.

Shortly before the celebration, Menem wrote a letter to all the presidents of Latin America, and to those of Spain, Portugal and the Philippines, inviting them to join the initiative and declare a Day of the Unborn.

At the time, John Paul II wrote a letter to the Argentine leader expressing his desire that "the celebration of the 'Day of the Unborn' foster a positive choice in favor of life and the development of a culture oriented in this direction, which will ensure the promotion of human dignity in all situations."

In Chile, as a result of a campaign supported by thousands of signatures and several mayors, the Senate in May 1999 unanimously approved a draft requesting the president to declare March 25 the Day of the Conceived and Unborn Child.

That same month, the Guatemalan Congress declared March 25 a National Day of the Unborn -- to "promote a culture of life and defense of life from the moment of conception."

In August 1999, in the framework of the 3rd Meeting of Politicians and Lawmakers of America, held in Buenos Aires, the first lady of Costa Rica, Lorena Clara de Rodríguez, announced the celebration of a day of the unborn in Costa Rica. The then president, Miguel Angel Rodríguez, proclaimed July 27 a National Day of Life Before Birth.

In Nicaragua, in January 2000, President Arnoldo Alemán promulgated a decree declaring March 25 the Day of the Unborn.

In the Dominican Republic, the law establishing the celebration was approved in early 2001, stating that it considered it "appropriate and necessary to assign a day to the unborn child, for the purpose of encouraging reflection on the important role of a pregnant woman in the destiny of humanity, and the value of the human life she carries in her womb."

Peru was the latest country to legislate on the celebration of life. In January 2002, its Congress declared March 25 the Day of the Unborn.

In Brazil, Deputy Severino Cavalcanti proposed a draft law to observe a Day of the Unborn or Day of the Child Who Will Be Born, as a means to heighten awareness of the defense of the right to life from the moment of conception. The draft is yet to be approved.

Pro-Life groups in Austria have designated March 25 the Day of the Unborn.

In Slovakia, for the third consecutive year, pro-life groups have sent a letter to the republic's National Council requesting that March 25 be declared Day of the Conceived Child.

March 25, the date chosen, was particularly known in Slovakia as the "day of the struggle for human rights" during the Communist era.

Pro-life groups in El Salvador, Uruguay and Spain are now promoting campaigns to collect signatures to have the celebration officially recognized.

Virgin of Guadalupe, the Apostle to Latin America

Symposium Views Historic and Evangelizing Role of 1531 Apparitions

ROME, MARCH 25, 2003 (Zenit.org)

It is not possible to understand the history of evangelization in the Americas without understanding the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531, a group of experts said.

"The Guadalupe event is profoundly connected to the historical process of the formation of the Catholic conscience in the American continent," said Father Fidel González Fernández, president of the Guadalupe Historical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. He was one of a number of experts who participated here last Friday in an international congress.

The priest-historian added that this explains the fact that today the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe is one of the most visited -- perhaps the most visited -- in the world.

In connection with the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America (CAL), the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum held a symposium on the topic "Guadalupe, Evangelization and History of America."

The event was attended by Mexican Cardinals Norberto Rivera Carrera, archbishop of Mexico City, and Juan Sandoval Íńiguez, archbishop of Guadalajara, as well as Bishop Cipriano Calderón, vice president of CAL, and historians and theologians.

"The Virgin requested explicitly the construction, in that ancient place of traditional worship, human sacrifices and ancestral fears, of 'her house,' which should become a dwelling for all, regardless of ethnic or cultural origins," Combonian missionary Father Fidel González explained, in an interview with ZENIT.

"In this way, the Guadalupe event made a reality that reconciliation of peoples which seemed impossible to human eyes and could only be effected with the grace of Christ," he added.

In fact, shortly after the Tepeyac apparitions, millions of Indians converted to Christianity, the historian noted.

Last July 31, John Paul II canonized Juan Diego, the Indian witness of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin, in the Basilica of Guadalupe. The Pope proposed the newly canonized saint as "evangelist and prophet" of that event.

From L’Osservatore Romano

Not posted this 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.

Our Lady of Lourdes shrine re-created here [Source: The Houston Chronicle, 3/22/2003]

Since the parish was named in 1994, members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church have set their sights on creating a little bit of France along the side of U.S. 290.

Out of dedication to Mary, parishioners of the Vietnamese church sought to recreate the grotto shrine in Lourdes, France, a Catholic holy site that draws tens of thousands of believers daily seeking healing from the mother of Jesus.

"This is one of the biggest things since we first had the parish," church member Nick Nguyen said. "It has always been our dream to have this."

The dream became a reality Sunday when Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza dedicated the 38-foot high grotto.

The concrete structure, which cost $ 600,000, has been set in a small dirt hillside and was constructed to look like a rocky cave. Like its inspiration in Lourdes, a white statue of Mary is set in the facade of the cave.

"Most of the Vietnamese, the Catholic people, have a special devotion to Our Lady," said the Rev. Dominic Huy The Trinh, pastor of the church. "This is something to honor Our Lady of Lourdes."

The French shrine is set at the site where Mary is believed to have appeared to St. Bernadette, then a young peasant, 18 times in 1858. According to Catholic belief, a well sprang up during one of the apparitions, and since then the water of Lourdes is said to have healing powers.

The northwest Houston replica is intended to offer area Catholics a bit of peace and a place to pray for healing, church members said.

"The Lourdes in France is so far, but maybe people locally can come here and she can heal them," said Cong Nguyen, who was chairman of the parish construction committee.

In some ways the devotion is cultural as well as religious, said Nga Ngo, a church member and teacher in the Klein school district

"We see it as Mary is easier to ask," Ngo said. "It is just like at home: It is easier to ask your mom than asking your dad. We don't worship (Mary), but we have a devotion to her."

For Vietnamese Catholics, "we cannot separate the mother of God from God," said Thach Dinh, a church member who acted as a consultant on the shrine. "It's just like your mom, so gentle and close."
The Vietnamese Catholic community has grown substantially since immigrants from Vietnam first arrived in Houston in the mid-1970s.

There are more than 35,000 Vietnamese Catholics in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston and four completely Vietnamese Catholic parishes, said the Rev. Anthony Dao, the diocese's vicar of Vietnamese Catholics and pastor of Our Lady of Lavang Catholic Church.

The construction of the shrine is in some ways sign of growth for Our Lady of Lourdes church, organizers said. The parish started in 1979 as a group of about 50 who attended Vietnamese-language Masses at St. Jerome Catholic Church, said Dinh, who has been a member of the church since its beginnings.

In 1994, Fiorenza created a new parish and named it Our Lady of Lourdes. But members didn't move into their church at Fairbanks-North Houston Road and U.S. 290 until 1996.

Since then the community has grown to about 600 families with weekend Mass attendance of more than 2,500, Trinh said.

The shrine, which includes a small chapel, is part of a master plan for the church grounds that includes a new church and park, Dinh said. A contemplative walk around the shrine will be added soon, and will eventually display the stations of the cross, scenes from the death of Jesus.

Organizers of the shrine say it is open to anyone who has a devotion to Mary or simply seeks a restful place for meditation or prayer.

"We hope that they can come here and find God or maybe someone can come and take the stress away," Dinh said.

As word of Lourdes in Texas spreads, the shrine by the highway could find a following of its own, Dao said.

"I believe that after a few years people nationwide will come."

The shrine to the Virgin Mary at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 6550 Fairbanks-North Houston, is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

MUSIC REVIEW; The Annunciation, in the Eyes of a Frightened Mary
[Source: The New York Times, 3/22/2003]

In typical depictions of the Annunciation, the biblical story of the angel Gabriel appearing to the Virgin Mary with his stunning news, the young woman is presented as confused, yes, but full of wonder. In John Adams's remarkable dramatic oratorio, "El Nino," which received its New York premiere in an affecting production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Thursday night and repeats tonight, this incident is boldly related from the perspective of the frightened 16-year-old girl Mary is said, in some sources, to have been.

As Gabriel nears, a soft rattling sound in the orchestra grows insistently louder and isolated plucks on the strings create unease. Suddenly, a dizzying tremor in the high violins starts buzzing and a burst of searing brass and clanking chimes seems to go off inside your head. Finally, this awesome mass of sound explodes. For a moment there is eerie silence. Then, over a gently rocking rhythmic figuration in the harps and strings, three countertenors (the Theater of Voices ensemble), singing in exotic yet calming parallel harmonies, tell a stupefied Mary (the radiant soprano Dawn Upshaw) that she will conceive "a child of might."

This is just one of many transfixing moments in Mr. Adams's work, his richest and most subtly complex score. The problem, though, is that the multimedia production, directed by Peter Sellars, includes an elaborate film element, also directed by Mr. Sellars, with imagery so involving that it wrests your attention from the music and the staging.

For example, as the Annunciation scene continues, the film shows us a lovely modern-day Latino Mary sitting at home at a desk in her room. The angel, a lanky young dancer, appears in her doorway surrounded by light. But this gripping imagery relegates the music to the role of a film score. Later on when Mary goes to the house of her pregnant cousin, Elisabeth, to tell her the miraculous news, undulant orchestral stirrings support the countertenors, who quietly sing curious harmonies that convey an ancient Semitic quality, interrupted by choral refrains that serve as benedictions.

But the music is overpowered by the film, which shows Mary visiting Elisabeth in her simple kitchen. They could be two young women about to talk over a cup of coffee, except that the scene shifts to a mystical desert locale near a huge boulder. It's at once haunting and distracting. And the involving images keep coming: the biblical shepherds keeping watch by night here become two sad-eyed, steadfast Hispanic-American police officers.

Be assured that the musical and theatrical pleasures of "El Nino" and the rightness of its libretto, a mix of English, Spanish and Latin text assembled from the Gospels, the New Testament Apocrypha and poets including Rosario Castellanos and Gabriela Mistral, come through vibrantly in this inspired performance, the official opening of Lincoln Center's ambitious John Adams festival.

The conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen elicits a rapt account of the score from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, dressed in casual slacks and rust-shaded pullovers, have been turned by Mr. Sellars into a troupe of actors with individual personalities. In Ms. Upshaw, the incomparable mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and the dignified bass-baritone Wilard White, the production has three solo artists of affecting integrity.

But with the film element added, "El Nino" creates sensory overload. At the end, when the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, who looked as angelic as they sounded, described the fountain of water that pours through the roots of a sacred palm tree, the children simply fluttered their raised hands to convey the image, magically captured in Mr. Adams's subdued music. Adding a film of a gurgling spring only distracted from the magic.

Virgin Mary has allegedly weeps tears of blood [Source: The London Times, 3/22/2003]

Hundreds of Venezuelans have gathered at a school chapel in the capital, Caracas, where a statue of the Virgin Mary has allegedly begun to weep tears of blood.

Workers at Belen College said the statue had bled from its eyes since Monday morning in what they saw as a message of peace. Sister Maritza, a member of the Servants of Jesus religious order that runs the college, said: "Obviously, it is a call to avoid war."

Why do seamen call stormy petrel seabirds "Mother Carey's Chickens"?
[Source: The London Times, 3/17/2003]

Seamen call stormy petrel seabirds "Mother Carey's Chickens". How did this come about, and who was Mother Carey?

The term dates back to pre-Reformation England when it was a Catholic state - "Mother Carey" being the Virgin Mary. This was because of the mispronounced Anglicisation of Mater Cara, Latin for "Dear Mother" and one of the terms used for the Virgin.

Stormy petrels are particularly sensitive to increasing winds and therefore in flying away from them indicated to mariners the potential risks ahead. The birds were thus seen as agents of the Virgin, sent by her to warn seamen of storm dangers.

Perhaps one of the best descriptions of the superstition is the 1840 novel Poor Jack by the naval officer-novelist Captain Frederick Marryat (1798-1848), who wrote that Mother Carey's chickens "are called the 'sailors' friends', come to warn them of an approaching storm, and it is most unlucky to kill them. The legend is that each bird contains the soul of a dead seaman."

"Mother Carey's Goose" is the nickname of the large black petrel or fulmar of the Pacific - but in northern waters the term "Mother Carey is plucking her goose" means it is snowing (for obvious reasons).

The French call stormy petrels "oiseaux de Notre Dame" or "aves Santae Mariae".

Stanley J. Blenkinsop, Macclesfield

The Biblical analogy goes further. Petrels are said to be named from the Italian Petrello, or little Peter, because their feet patter on the sea as they fly low, making them appear to walk on the water - a reference to Saint Peter.

Michelangelo's armless destruction [Source: The London Times, 3/11/2003]

An American scholar is challenging the centuries-old theory that Michelangelo took a sledgehammer to his monumental masterpiece, the Florence Pieta, in a fit of rage.

Jack Wasserman, of Temple University, draws on contemporary evidence and scientific analysis, including ultraviolet tests, to conclude that the Renaissance master's assault on a sculpture on which he had laboured for ten years was not an irrational act but a premeditated prelude to a recarving.

The Pieta, today in the Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, depicts the helpless, twisting body of the dead Christ, sustained by the Virgin Mary and two other figures. Michelangelo was in his mid-seventies when, around 1550, he began carving the block of Carrara marble, standing more than 7ft high.

In Michelangelo's Florence 'Pieta', a monograph published by Princeton University Press this month, Wasserman acknowledges the 1568 account by Michelangelo's friend and biographer, Giorgio Vasari, that the artist "had begun to hate it" and would have destroyed it entirely but for the intervention of his servant.

But Wasserman -whose study draws on the expertise of a marble sculptor and three teams of scientists -challenges historians who have accepted Vasari's description of Michelangelo losing patience with a servant who had repeatedly nagged him to finish it.

He notes that Vasari also recorded that Michelangelo had never destroyed any of his other sculptures, either before or after, and that if he made the slightest error, he would just set aside a work and rush to take up another marble. "He often said that was why he made so few statues," Vasari said, noting that Michelangelo carved new arms for the second version of the subject, the Rondanini Pieta.

Wasserman points out that Michelangelo left the bulk of the statue intact, breaking away only the limbs of individual figures, "Christ's and the Virgin's left arms (attached at the elbows), the right arm of the Magdalene, Christ's right forearm, and...left leg.

"If Michelangelo had been truly angry and had wanted to destroy it, why is it that there is no evidence on the body of Christ, for example, of bruises that would have been made with a hammer or sledgehammer? It's only the limbs ... which seems a calculated, rather than a spontaneous, action. He didn't want to destroy it, but to recarve it ... In effect, Michelangelo seems to have been selective in pruning the Pieta only of what he considered expendable. This leads me to conclude that he acted out of calculation."

Wasserman noted the contribution of scientists who were able to create a virtual model that allowed him to raise the sculpture and observe it from different angles, and reduce it down to the core block - to what remained after Michelangelo dismembered it. "It helped me to support my hypothesis that Michelangelo did not want to destroy the sculpture. When shorn of the limbs, the surviving block demonstrates visually the exact nature of the mutilation," he says.

Church adds sparkle to artist's crown [Source: UK Newsquest Regional Press, 3/20/2003]

RADCLIFFE Parish Church now has a link with Windsor Castle as both are adorned with work by Ilkley-based artist Graeme Willson.

He created a painted panel for the church's aumbry as well as a large painting which hangs above the altar in the side chapel. The works were blessed in a special ceremony after Evensong by the Bishop of Manchester the Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch.

The artwork on the panel represents the themes of the Eucharist: bread and wine corn and grapes a new creation.

Mr Willson whose work also hangs in Windsor Castle and York Minster has incorporated the chapel's existing artwork and wooden carvings into the picture.

And the altar painting is entitled "The Mystic Rose' in honour of the church's Patron Saint the Blessed Virgin Mary to whom the church has been dedicated for more than 700 years. Money for the projects was donated by people in memory of loved ones.

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