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Liturgical Season

To celebrate the Feasts of The Ascension and Pentecost in the company of Mary see:

In preparation for the month of May, use the following:

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 June.

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.  

See our recent addition from May 27.  Previous Reflections are listed on our Rosary Index.

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New Resources

A section on international stamps with images of Mary has been added to our Resources index.  The latest added were Guatemala and Guyana.  Expect more countries to follow.

We have added the following Marian prayers: Vocation Prayer to Mary, Queen of Apostles, Novena Prayer to Our Lady of Good Remedy, and a French version of the Salve Regina.  We have also updated our list of Marian Newsletters and Periodicals.

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  News from the Marian Library

New Course Will Be Offered!

The International Marian Research Institute would like to call your attention to a new course which will be offered from July 28 - August 1, 2003, Mary and the Internet. This course will provide an introduction to the history and nature of the Internet and web design.  Catholic teaching on the mass media, in general, and on the Internet, in particular, will also be discussed.  Numerous web sites with Marian themes from around the world will be shown and critiqued with regard to content and design. The instructors will be Mr. Michael P. Duricy, Sr. Danielle Peters, and Alejandro Cañadas. We encourage anyone interested in this fascinating, cutting-edge topic to attend. For more information, consult the course syllabus.

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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 this Summer will begin on June 16.

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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

"Cast into the Deep!  Behold your Mother"

A Stay-over Retreat for Teen Girls and Guys ages 12-17 that is Eucharistic, Marian, Kolbean and Apostolic sponsored by the Militia of the Immaculata and the Fr. Kolbe Missionaries of the Immaculata at the Kamp Kuper Retreat Center in Escondido, California.

GIRLS  June 29 - July 5 

GUYS  June 22 - June 26

For reservations and information contact:

Fr. Kolbe Missionaries
531 E. Merced Avenue
West Covina, CA 91790

Phone: (626) 917-0040

Email: fkmincal@aol.com

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

Doctor Hears Virgin Mary’s Heartbeat on Image!
Dan Lynch
May 23, 2003

Doctor Margaret Pasakas placed her stethoscope on the heart of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Joseph Hospital in Reading, Pennsylvania. To her utter astonishment she heard a human heartbeat and knelt down in tearful veneration.

The Missionary Image is a full-size 4’ x 6’ digital copy of the original Miraculous Image that the Virgin Mary left on Saint Juan Diego’s cloak in Mexico on December 12, 1531. It was displayed for veneration during a Visitation to the hospital’s chapel. The Image has journeyed on Visitations throughout the world and in each state of the United States in over one thousand parishes. It has received the veneration of hundreds of thousands. Many signs, wonders, conversions, healings, reconciliations and graces have been reported. Mary’s heartbeat is a sign of her love for us, her spiritual children.

During the Visitation to Reading over 200 venerators felt the heartbeat of an unborn child in the pregnant womb of the Virgin Mary in the image. Many others throughout the United States have felt this sign. It is a sign that life begins at conception and is not a "choice" for the mother because God, the Author of Life, has already chosen the child for life.

Other signs manifested by God through the Missionary Image are tears of oil from Mary’s eyes, three-dimensional pregnancy, the opening of her eyes and the aroma of roses.

During the Reading Visitation, the Image also visited churches, a nursing home, and a school and was processed through the city streets to an abortion center.

From Zenit

Baptism at the Jordan as a Sign of God's Unity With Man

Father Santiago Martin Reflects on 1st Luminous Mystery of Rosary

MADRID, Spain, MAY 22, 2003 (Zenit.org)

"The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan" is the first of the new mysteries of light proposed by John Paul II for the contemplation of the faithful when praying the rosary.

In this interview, the first in a series on these mysteries, Father Santiago Martin, journalist, author, and founder of the Movement of the Franciscans of Mary, meditates on this decisive moment in Jesus' life.

Q: What is recalled and meditated on in the first mystery of light of the rosary?

Father Martin: The baptism of the Lord. It was the beginning of Christ's public life, although some believe that that happened with the miracle at the wedding of Cana. The baptism made it clear that God was with Christ, backing his person and his message. Moreover, the Lord instituted the sacrament of baptism, which for us means redemption and divine filiation.

Q: Did Christ have sins that needed to be forgiven?

Father Martin: The Lord went to receive from John the Baptist a baptism that was, for others, of penance. That baptism did not forgive sins, but served as a rite of purification, as it showed publicly what existed in man's heart: repentance. Christ, however, needed neither to repent nor to be purified. The Baptist himself understood this, and initially he refused to baptize him and asked to be baptized by him.

What Christ was seeking was a symbol of unity with man -- as he had done earlier, when he allowed himself to be tempted in the desert -- at the same time taking advantage of the occasion to institute the sacrament of baptism; the Father would give him the first push into the world, thus beginning his public life in sight of all.

Q: What should baptism mean to us?

Father Martin: Generally, we are baptized as children, which is wonderful, as we are then cleansed of original sin from the beginning, and we are adopted children of God and members of the Church. This is what baptism means. It is the door that introduces us to the community of the children of God and enables us to accede to the other sacraments. Moreover, it cleanses us of original sin and personal sins that we might have.

Q: Can baptism be repeated?

Father Martin: Baptism is a sacrament that imprints "character," in other words, it cannot be repeated. Even those who leave the Church, continue to be baptized Catholics, just as one continues to be a child of one's father and mother, even if one doesn't want to have anything more to do with them.

What we can do is to reiterate again and again our intention to be in the Church, to be children of God, and to be saints. For example, when we enter a church and bless ourselves with holy water, we are renewing spiritually our baptismal promises and doing a gesture which means that we ask for forgiveness for our sins and God's blessing to continue to be faithful Catholics.

Vatican Publishes Book to Aid in Recitation of Rosary for Peace

Initiative of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

VATICAN CITY, MAY 21, 2003 (Zenit.org)

The Vatican has just published a book on the recitation of the Rosary for peace, a response to John Paul II's petition for this year. "The Rosary of Peace," written by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, comments on the 20 mysteries of the Marian prayer with their relevant evangelical passages and extracts from papal messages for World Days of Peace. The book, which for the time being is published only in Italian (Edizioni Paoline), seeks "to accompany the reflection on the great need for change and conversion on which peace in the world depends," Archbishop Renato Martino says in the introduction. Archbishop Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, says that "the Rosary is a prayer that transforms, as it removes the germ of evil from the one who recites it."

John Paul II has entrusted the important cause of peace to the Rosary because, as he said on September 29, 2002 when praying the Angelus: "of little use are political attempts, which are always necessary, if spirits remain exacerbated and we are not capable of returning to dialogue with a fresh look and with hope." The volume ends with a litany and a "Prayer to Mary, Queen of Peace," composed for this purpose by Archbishop Martino.

Children Are Also Missionaries, Pope Says

VATICAN CITY, MAY 16, 2003 (Zenit.org)

If every baptized person is called to be a missionary, children and adolescents must also respond to this challenge in their own environment, John Paul II said. … He recommended that these boys and girls pray "the missionary Rosary," where each decade has a color that represents a different continent.

--White, he explained, "for old Europe, so that it will be able to recover the evangelizing strength it has generated in so many Churches";

--Yellow "for Asia, full of life and youth";

--Green "for Africa, subjected to the trial of suffering";

--Red "for America, seedbed of new missionary energies';

-- Blue for "Oceania, which awaits a more capillary diffusion of the Gospel."

The Pontifical Missionary Society of Holy Childhood, founded in 1843, "defends the rights of children to grow in their dignity of men and women."


The Icon of Virgin of Kazan: a Link Between Rome and Moscow?

Round Table Sees Icon as Source of New Hope

ROME, MAY 16, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Round table entitled "The Way Towards Kazan: the Pope's Desired Trip to Russia" discusses how the return of the icon of the Virgin of Kazan might bring the Vatican and the Patriarchate of Moscow closer. Experts on iconography, Mary, and Catholic-Orthodox relations attended the round table discussions, opened by Robert Moynihan, editor of Inside the Vatican magazine, with an explanation of the history of the famous icon.

Moynihan revealed that "one of the copies of this image, venerated in Russia, has been in the papal apartments for a decade;" it is the image that the Pope might possibly return to Russia.  "A group connected to Fatima, 'the Blue Army,' bought it from an English nobleman and gave it to the Pontiff, hoping that one day he would be able to give it to the Russian Orthodox Church, its place of origin," Moynihan explained.  On May 4, during John Paul II's recent trip to Spain, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls confirmed the Pope's desire to give this image to Alexei II, patriarch of Moscow, as originally the icon belonged to the Orthodox Church.  Press sources said that the Vatican proposed that the image be handed over in Kazan, a possible stopover, during the Pope's planned trip to Mongolia this coming August.  The editor of "Inside the Vatican," which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, wondered if "an icon might be the source of new hope," referring, specifically, to the hope of a meeting between the Pope and the patriarch of Moscow.

Moynihan, who had the opportunity two years ago to admire the icon in the papal rooms, said that "as we know, an icon is not a painting but a window: we don't know what this one will open onto."  Adriano Roccuci, member of St. Egidio Community and their official spokesman before the Patriarchate of Moscow, focused on the difficulties of the dialogue between Catholicism and Orthodoxy, especially at the official level, and appealed for the "uprooting of a culture of prejudice and the empowering of a culture of personal encounter, specifically between Catholic faithful and Russian Orthodox."

In January, Roccuci, together with Bishop Vincenzo Paglia, gave a reliquary of St. Valentine to the Russian Church, which was grateful for the gift. Patriarch Alexei II of Moscow was present when the reliquary was offered, attesting to his approval of the St. Egidio Community.

In fact, the presence of members of the Russian Orthodox Church has been a constant in all international meetings to pray for peace, called by the St. Egidio Community.

Professor John Lindsay Opie and journalist Eugene Vaghin, both Russians, discussed the iconographic aspects of the Virgin of Kazan. Lindsay Opie reviewed the history of the different versions of the icon's authenticity, while Vaghin said that the icon of Kazan was a point of reference in his life, both during his childhood, when his grandmother had the image in her home, as well as during his imprisonment in a gulag. The icon that protects Russia still encloses many mysteries about its origin, dating, and other technical aspects.

"However, the significance of this icon is not so much its artistic value as its symbolic significance." The Pope's returning it to Russia, during a stopover on his way to Mongolia, might be an ecumenical gesture of unsuspected repercussions. A copy of the image of Kazan, property of professor Lindsay Opie, was on display during the round table, organized by the magazine "Inside the Vatican."


Negotiations Underway for Pope to Return Icon of Kazan to Russia

VATICAN CITY, MAY 18, 2003 (Zenit.org)

The Vatican confirmed that negotiations are under way to make possible a papal trip to Russia to return the icon of Our Lady of Kazan to the Russian Orthodox Church.

On May 4, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls mentioned the possibility that the Pope might make a stopover in the city of Kazan -- capital of the autonomous Russian Republic of Tatarstan, 500 miles east of Moscow -- on his way to Mongolia, the final destination of his trip, which might take place this summer.

"A dialogue is underway to see if it is possible to make this trip," Cardinal Angelo Sodano said today in an interview with the Italian newspaper Avvenire.

"The image of the Virgin of Kazan is impressive. I often see it when I go to the Holy Father's office: it is, precisely, in front of the desk of the Pope, who venerates it with particular devotion," he added.

"Mary is Mother of the whole Church and, therefore, also of Russia. It is beautiful to think that she will be the one who will make possible the Pope's meeting with the Russian land. As I was saying, the dialogue is still underway. We'll see."

The icon, to which Orthodox faithful attribute miraculous powers, left Russia in unknown circumstances during communist times. It was purchased from an English nobleman by 'The Blue Army,' a group connected to Fatima, and was then donated to the Pontiff so he might return it.

Kazan Icon’s Return Doesn’t Justify Papal Visit, Moscow Patriarchate Says

MOSCOW, MAY 20, 2003 (ZENIT.org)

The Patriarchate of Moscow said that the return of the icon of Our Lady of Kazan is not a reason for a visit by John Paul II, and criticized the creation of two new dioceses in Kazakhstan.

A statement published on Monday by the communications service of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, says: "The attempts to link the returning of this icon with the question of a visit of the Pope of Rome to Russia are astonishing, the more so that the Vatican has not negotiated such a visit with the Russian Orthodox Church."

Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro-Valls confirmed on May 4 in Madrid, that the Vatican was studying the possibility of a papal stopover in Kazan, in the Russian Federation, during John Paul II's trip to Mongolia at the end of August. On that occasion, the Pope would like to return to Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow the icon given to him for this purpose by a Catholic institution. The patriarchate states that "on the basis of the analysis undertaken on April 1, 2003, in Rome by a group of authoritative scientists delegated by the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture and the Vatican, it has become known that the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan kept in the apartments of the Pope of Rome is an 18th century copy made by a provincial icon-painter on the pattern characteristic of the late 17th-early 18th century." "In its size and character, this icon cannot be identified with either the historical miracle-working icon that appeared in 1579 in Kazan or other known and venerated icons."

"The statement that this icon is 'authentic' is justified only in the sense that it is not a modern forgery and fully corresponds to the time to which it has been dated by specialists."  The patriarchate repeats that the "possibility for a meeting between His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia and the Pope of Rome" depends entirely on surmounting "the problems standing between the two Churches, such as the Catholic proselytism among people who belong to Orthodoxy by baptism and cultural tradition and the strained circumstances in which the faithful of the canonical Orthodox Church live in western Ukraine."  "The recent establishment of new Catholic dioceses in Kazakhstan shows that the Vatican's policy is aimed at aggravating the existing problems," the statement concludes.

In an interview on May 18, with the Italian newspaper "Avvenire," Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, explained that the two new dioceses in the former Soviet Republic were created to respond to the rebirth of the Catholic communities that, like the Orthodox, were severely persecuted during decades of communism.

At the same time, the Italian cardinal revealed that before publishing this decision, out of a sense of delicacy, the Patriarchate of Moscow was informed.

Videoconference to Focus on Mary in Evangelization

VATICAN CITY, MAY 27, 2003 (Zenit.org)

A theological videoconference this Wednesday will focus on "The Presence of the Mother of God in the Evangelization of Peoples."

Following an introduction at noon (Rome time) by Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, which has organized the event, theologians from around the world will offer "reflections on the past and future prospects" linked to the topic.

Professor Igor Kowalewskzy of Moscow will address "The Influence of the Mother of God in the Evangelization of the Russian Peoples."

Professor Silvio Cajiao of Bogota, Colombia, will speak on "The Virgin of Guadalupe, Patroness of America, and Her Influence in the Conversion of Peoples."

The conference can be followed live or recorded at www.clerus.org. Texts of the talks will be available there later.

Mary: Mother of Interreligious Dialogue?

Archbishop Gioia Calls the Blessed Virgin a "Living Catechism"

ROME, MAY 27, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Because of her special place in Christianity, Judaism and Islam, Mary is regarded as a meeting point in interreligious dialogue. So says Archbishop Francesco Gioia, president of the Holy See's institution for pilgrimages to the See of Peter, in his book "Mary, Mother of the Word, Model of Dialogue Between Religions," published by Città Nuova. "While for Christians Mary is the Mother of God and Mother of the Church, for the Jews she is 'the exalted daughter of Zion,'" the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, Cardinal Francis Arinze, says in the book's introduction.

"For the Muslims, Mary is the Mother of Jesus," the cardinal continues. "The Koran mentions her 34 times. Moreover, she is a 'sign for creatures' (Sura 21, 91), and is presented as a model believer." "Although Jews and Muslims do not accept the central truth of the divinity of Jesus Christ, they honor Mary greatly," Cardinal Arinze says.

In "many other religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, even though there is no explicit reference to Mary, analogies can be found between the Mother of Jesus and relevant persons in the ambit of their creed," he notes. "The feminine substratum, present in some way in every religion, must not be underestimated."

As Archbishop Gioia, former secretary of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers, explains, "There are at least two reasons that motivate Mary's role in the ecumenical and interreligious dialogue: her de facto presence in different religions and her figure, as model of faith."

"Mary has a special place in religions stemming from Abraham, as, for example, Judaism, Islam and some movements of contemporary origin that express themselves using Christian language," Archbishop Gioia continues.

"Moreover, Mary is the most exalted example of a person of faith and is in a position to offer valid elements for a fundamental discernment of Christian identity in religious pluralism," the author says. In this connection, Mary is seen as a compendium or living and personal synthesis of the Christian mystery. "She is the icon of the mystery," the archbishop writes, "a complete image of the concrete realization of the whole mystery of the covenant ... the micro-history of salvation."

Thus, he adds, in interreligious dialogue "Mary can serve the function of a 'living catechism,' which exhibits intuitively the self-understanding of the Church, even more, of man on the way to salvation."

Historian Laments the New Anti-Catholicism in U.S.

Philip Jenkins, an Episcopalian, Faults the Intellectuals and Liberals

ROME, MAY 27, 2003 (Zenit.org)

The United States doesn't display anti-clericalism but rather anti-Catholicism, says a scholar.

Philip Jenkins, professor of history and religion at Pennsylvania State University, in his book "The New Anti-Catholicism," argues that attacks against Catholics are allowed in ways that would not be tolerated against Muslims and Jews.

In an interview today with the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera, Jenkins, an Episcopalian, said that anti-Catholicism has always been present in the United States "from the first Protestant immigrants to the Populist movement and the racist Ku Klux Klan."

Today, however, anti-Catholics "are, above all, intellectuals and liberals," Jenkins said.

"It is even said that anti-Catholicism is the anti-Semitism of the educated man," he observed. "Demagogues attack Jews; educated men attack Catholics. It is a paradox, as the Catholic Church in the United States calls for social reforms, disarmament, peace, in other words, many of their causes."

According to the author, the cause of this anti-Catholicism lies in "the centrality of sexual problems in U.S. society: Catholicism is considered anti-gay, anti-feminist, etc. … The accusations strike home in the public."

Jenkins said that the issue of priests' abuses has been used to deepen prejudices.

"Sexual abuses in the Catholic Church are no more frequent than in the other churches or among schoolteachers," he said.

"Moreover, in very few cases is it about pedophilia, as the victims have reached or are beyond puberty," he continued. "The abuses are horrendous; they are crimes that must be punished and eradicated, but they must not be manipulated."

In regard to U.S. anti-Catholicism, Jenkins believes that its particular version is anti-papal. "I recall that years ago a Muslim plot was discovered against [the Pope] and the liberals rejoiced," he said. "It is not John Paul II's person but the institution -- his successor will have to face the same hostility."

Jenkins added: "It is difficult for anti-Catholicism to disappear, as it is difficult for anti-Semitism to disappear. The difference is that the anti-Semite is denounced in the United States and obliged to keep quiet.

"I'm afraid that anti-Catholicism is so rooted that it represents the opposite of what the United States wants to be at a given moment. The United States often changes its mind: If it regards itself as progressive, it presents Catholicism as conservative, and vice versa."

Yet, Jenkins thinks that Catholicism will grow more in the United States than in Europe.

In the Old World, he explained, "immigration will be above all Muslim; in the United States, it will be especially Latin American and Asian. The appearance of U.S. Catholicism will change; it will be more ethnic. And one of the greatest changes will affect the Virgin: Now, in America, her figure is secondary; but it will become central."

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