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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 June, 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 June 6.  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 was Mexico.  Expect more countries to follow.

We have posted our answer to a reader's question, Does the City Seal of Los Angeles, California contain Marian content?, as well as French versions of a Prayer to Mary and of the Salve Regina.  We have also updated our photo essay on the Serenity Pines Mary Garden.

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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 Caņadas. We encourage anyone interested in this fascinating, cutting-edge topic to attend. For more information, consult the course syllabus.

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Current Exhibit Extended!

Native American Madonnas by Father Guiliani was scheduled for display in the Marian Library Gallery from March 10 to May 5, 2003, but may still be seen through June 15.  The Gallery is open 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 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

Appearance on EWTN

Dan Lynch appears on the EWTN television show, "The Abundant Life" with the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Johnette Benkovic on the following dates and Eastern times: Sunday, June 8th at 3 AM, Monday the 9th at 10 PM, Tuesday the 10th at 2 PM and Thursday the 12th at 10 AM.

Please tune in and see the EWTN show that the production crew said, "put goose bumps on our arms". Learn all about Our Lady of Guadalupe, her image and the signs, wonders and conversions through the Missionary Image that has visited parishes non-stop for the last 12 years!

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



At 8 p.m. today, the Feast of the Visitation, the traditional procession to mark the end of the month of May took place from St. Stephen of the Abyssinians Church to the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens, during which the faithful prayed the rosary.

Archbishop Francesco Marchisano, vicar general for Vatican City, read a message from the Pope at the end of the ceremony. In his message, the Holy Father writes: "I join each one of you before the Grotto to present as a gift to the Immaculate Virgin the entire spiritual journey made during this Marian month: every intention, every worry, every need of the Church and the world. May the Holy Virgin grant every one of your intentions."

"On this occasion," he continues, "I wish to renew the invitation to everyone to recite the Rosary diligently, taking care to say it well. I think, above all, of priests: may their example and guidance lead the faithful to rediscover the meaning and value of this prayer. I think of consecrated people, especially religious: may they continue to be close to Mary, who pondered in her heart the mysteries of her divine Son. I think of families and I urge them to gather together often, especially in the evening, to say the Rosary together: this is one of the most beautiful and consoling experiences of the domestic community!"

The Holy Father concluded by inviting everyone to persevere in prayer with the Virgin, "like the apostles in the Cenacle waiting for Pentecost which is now close. The liturgy of these days invites us to relive the spiritual climate which preceded that event, and if the Year of the Rosary must be characterized by continuous prayer with Mary, even more must we join Her in these days of the Novena, invoking the coming of the Holy Spirit on the entire Church throughout the world."



This should be "The Picture of the Year." The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by a surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother's womb.

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Photo courtesy Michael Clancy

Little Samuel's mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner's remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb. During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby. During the surgery on little Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed, hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon's finger. The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity.

The editors titled the picture, "Hand of Hope." The text explaining the picture begins, "The tiny hand of 21-week-old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother's uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life."

Little Samuel's mother said they "wept for days" when they saw the picture. She said, "The photo reminds us my pregnancy isn't about disability or an illness, it's about a little person."

You can see the actual picture, and it is awesome...incredible.  And hey, pass it on. The world needs to see this one.

From Zenit

Islam Sees Mary as a Model for All Believers

Mentioned 34 Times in the Koran, Observes Archbishop Gioia

ROME, MAY 29, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Mary has a place in Islam too, says a Vatican aide.

"God is the only point of reference for the Muslim believer, but next to him are those who reflect his holiness. Mary is one of them," Archbishop Francesco Gioia, president of the Pilgrimages to the See of Peter.

The archbishop expounds on that point in a book, "Mary, Mother of the Word, Model of Dialogue Between Religions," published by Cittā Nuova.

"Mary occupies an outstanding place in Islam," he said. "She is the only woman whose name the Koran mentions -- up to 34 times."

Mary is particularly fascinating to Muslims. "She is the model of all believers because of her absolute faith and perfect 'submission' to the will of God," he added.

"Vatican Council II took note of the benevolent attitude of the Muslims toward Mary, and in the declaration 'Nostra Aetate' one reads: 'They honor Mary, the virginal mother (of Jesus), and at times invoke her with devotion," the archbishop observed.

Muslim faithful's affection and devotion for Mary is reflected in the pilgrimages they undertake to Marian shrines, especially Fatima, and in the fact that many Muslim women are called Mary, he added.

According to the Koran, "an angel, by order of God, announced to Mary that she would give birth to a most pure son, a message that disturbed her. She gave birth under a palm tree that nourished her miraculously. She was a virgin and pure. She safeguarded her virginity and God infused his Spirit in her, making her and her son a sign for creatures," Archbishop Gioia noted.

"In the Koran it is stated that Mary 'is one of the devoted women and is a saint. She is preferred, purified and chosen by God over all the women of creation,'" he added.

"In the Koran, Mary has a decided Christological function, underlined by the prevailing designation of Jesus as 'son of Mary,'" he continued.

Biographical and spiritual elements of the Koran on Mary differ from Christian tradition, however.

"Muslim Mariology is irremediably conditioned by the Koran's explicit denial of the divinity of Jesus Christ," he said.

On the figure of Mary there are "points of convergence and of divergence between Christians and Muslims," Archbishop Gioia said. "[But] the fact must not be minimized that Muslim tradition proposes Mary as a model to the faithful of Islam."

Lourdes Shrine Accepts Prayer Petitions Via E-mail

LOURDES, France, MAY 29, 2003 (Zenit.org)

The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes offers an online service that lets people send their petitionary prayers via e-mail. The intentions are then placed in the Virgin's Grotto.

Prayers sent by e-mail are read every day at 3:30 p.m. in the cave.

E-mail can be sent via www.lourdes-france.org/bonjour.htm. A faster way is to send them to: intention@lourdes-france.com.

The petitions are placed in the cave where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. The apparitions and message of Lourdes are recognized by the Catholic Church, but are not a dogma of faith.

Troubled Rwanda Has a New Marian Shrine

Apparitions in Kibeho Foreshadowed the 1990s Genocide

KIBEHO, Rwanda, JUNE 2, 2003 (ZENIT.org-Fides)

A land long accustomed to war now has a new Marian shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.

"I exhort you to pray fervently that this Kibeho Shrine may become a place from which there will arise a people of Rwanda renewed in faith, thirsting for love for their God, determined to forget the sad past of fratricidal war," said Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, on Saturday, when consecrating the shrine.

The shrine in Kibeho, a place of pilgrimage for Catholics in Rwanda and neighboring countries, is where the Blessed Virgin appeared several times in 1981 and later years.

Present at the Mass were the bishops of Rwanda; the apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio; civil and local authorities; numerous priests; religious; and pastoral workers.

The young visionaries say that when the Blessed Virgin appeared she introduced herself as Nyina wa Jambo, Mother of the Word, and she called for prayer, fasting and conversion of heart.

Only once did Our Lady show the young people a horrible scene: a river of blood, people killing each other, abandoned corpses, no one to bury them. This terrifying vision was later related to the genocide which disrupted this central African republic in 1994-1995. Kibeho was one of the worst affected areas.

"The sacrifice of thousands of people killed inside and around the old church building, cries loudly to all of us and calls us to take a new path, the path of peace, of reciprocal forgiveness for the blows inflicted, and of reconciliation," Cardinal Sepe said in his homily.

"A true people of God cannot harbor feelings of hatred, division, revenge, which are foreign to God and to his love," he said.

The prefect went on to recall the commandment of love which Jesus gave to his disciples and he urged Rwandans to welcome God in their hearts: "From the home of your heart he wishes to sanctify your life, bless your families, inspire you to work for the common good of all, to spread in this nation Gospel values on which to build a human and religious social life worthy of his Name."

Cardinal Sepe spoke of the many pilgrimages made to this shrine from various parts of Africa, and the conversions of many pilgrims who return to the faith.

"Every pilgrim who comes to Kibeho," he said, "and is reconciled with God and man, must become a builder of a new humanity, builder of a new Rwandan people, ever more faithful to God.

Mary and the Dialogue With Judaism

Archbishop Gioia Highlights Common Roots of Judaism and Christianity

ROME, JUNE 2, 2003 (Zenit.org)

The descendants of Abraham and the followers of Christ have much in common, notes a Vatican official.

"'Mary' and 'Jesus' are expressions of the oldest Judaic biblical tradition," said Archbishop Francesco Gioia, president of the Pilgrimages to the See of Peter. "The common roots between the descendants of Abraham and the followers of Christ are greater than the differences and divergences."

The archbishop was addressing the role of the Blessed Virgin in the dialogue with Judaism. He deals with the issue in the book "Mary, Mother of the Word, Model of Dialogue Between Religions," published by Cittā Nuova.

"If the contemporary Judaic tradition was circumscribed to Christ and immediately after, harking back to the common origins, the possibilities for agreement would be multiplied," the archbishop says.

"The God of Jesus is the same God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, 'the God of our fathers,'" he observes. "For this reason, the usual expression: 'We all have the same God,' is valid without a single reservation, both for the children of Israel as well as for the followers of Christ. Sinai is the sacred mountain and Jerusalem the holy city for one and all."

For these reasons, "existing differences should be subordinated to the many points that unite to justify not only the dialogue, but to establish an atmosphere of friendship. Deep down, in the declaration 'Nostra Aetate,' Vatican Council II, after underlining Mary's Hebrew roots, attributed a new title to her, calling her 'Exalted Daughter of Zion' (Lumen Gentium, 55)."

In regard to the dialogue and, specifically, the figure of Mary, Archbishop Gioia maintains that "the dialogue between Christians and Jews up to now has concentrated on the figure of the Messiah, making only a few allusions to Mary."

"In reality, Judaism is also overcoming the controversial phase, noted in the course of history, and that of silence, which for centuries has surrounded the Hebrew woman called Myriam," he notes. "Avital Wohlmann, for example, professor at the University of Jerusalem, 'accepts Mary as Jewish and rejects her as Christian.'"

"It is hoped, however, that Judaism will emerge from this situation," the archbishop says.

He continues: "An interesting testimony in this respect comes from Lea Sestieri Scazzocchio, a Jewish author who sees in Mary the 'Daughter of Israel,' the 'religious woman without fault,' the 'virtuous and consecrated woman' who 'sings for Israel.'

"In one of her works, Lea Sestieri concludes writing: 'Mary, a Jewish mother therefore? Without a doubt: in the faith, in the tragic sorrow faced with the death of her son; but also in the great messianic hope.'"

Archbishop Gioia concludes: "Pointing out to the faithful the heroic example of Edith Stein, the holy Carmelite victim of Nazi ferocity in Auschwitz, John Paul II said: 'Jews and Christians cannot forget their singular brotherhood, which sinks its roots in the providential plan of God, which accompanies their history. Mary, Daughter of Zion and Mother of the Church, pray for us!'"

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