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Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the many ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.

Liturgical Season

To celebrate the month of September with Mary:

Marian Commemoration Days

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 September.

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 August 27.  Previous Reflections are listed on our Rosary Index.  Please note that many of these documents are available in Spanish as well as English.

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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.

A section on Marian Spiritualities has also been added to our Resources index.  The latest additions were papers on the spirituality of three famous converts.  Expect more articles to follow.

We have also revised our material on Orientations and Proposals for the Celebration of the Marian Year 1987-1988.

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  News from the Marian Library

MSA Call for Papers

"The Immaculate Conception: Human Destiny and Vocation" is the theme of the next meeting of the Mariological Society (Houston, Texas - May, 2004).  Suggested areas for papers include recent bibliography on the Immaculate Conception; Scriptural foundations; anthropological, pastoral, symbolic, and ecumenical implications; original sin in Eastern and Western approaches; the Immaculate Conception in art.   Those wishing to make a presentation should send a precis to the MSA Secretariat (Marian Library) by October 1, 2003.  

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Vatican Exhibit on Display Now!

The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute invites you to visit The Mother of God: Art Celebrates Mary, thirty-eight paintings and sculptures from the permanent collection of The Vatican Museums, spanning seventeen centuries of Christian art and reflecting cultures worldwide.

September 4 - November 10, 2003

Roesch and Marian Library Galleries in Roesch Library on the University of Dayton Campus.
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Free Admission -- Parking Available

For tours and information call: (937) 229-4254 or email: VaticanExhibit@notes.udayton.edu.
A virtual exhibit may be seen on our Gallery section under Current Exhibit.
Exhibits of Rosaries of the World and of Creches will also be on display during this time.
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 semester are scheduled to commence on Oct. 20, 2003.

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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

Kolbe Franciscan Pilgrimage 2003 with Fr. James McCurry to Spain

Catholic Shrines of Barcelona, Zaragoza, Montserrat, Santiago de Compostela & More

September 21 - October 2, 2003

For a brochure, write to:

Fr. James McCurry, O.F.M., Conv.
Marian Apostolate - Kolbe Archives
12290 Folly Quarter Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042

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

The Servants of Mary Help of Christians

What a great year this was for the Holy Rosary, here in Australia we have a program going for a decade a day in the schools, it has absolutely taken off like a cannon, we are but one of the suppliers for the Rosary a day program and have so far this year have had and distributed 43,000 Rosaries 98% of which are distributed in Australia.

I think this is just great to have so many children getting at least started on this great prayer, after all if we do not learn as a child to pray, life becomes a real drudge.

From Zenit

John Paul II Entrusts Future of Europe to Mary

Concludes Summer Reflections on the Old World

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 31, 2003 (Zenit.org)

John Paul II entrusted the future of the new Europe to Mary, as he concluded a series of addresses on his hopes and concerns for the Old World.

From the courtyard of the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the Pope has dedicated his last eight addresses at the Sunday Angelus to reflect on the postsynodal apostolic exhortation, "Ecclesia in Europa," published in June.

The Pope concluded his reflections today, as he did in the document itself, "with an 'Entrustment to Mary' of all the men and women of the continent."

He placed Europe in Mary's hands, so that it will "become a symphony of nations committed to building together the civilization of love and peace."

Last Sunday, the Holy Father urged that the final draft of the European Constitution should recognize explicitly the Christian roots of the continent, as they constitute a "guarantee of a future."

On Aug. 17, he referred to the crisis of values in Europe and appealed for the recovery of the continent's "true identity," adding that "the process of enlargement of the European Union to other countries cannot affect only the geographic and economic aspects, but must be translated in a renewed agreement on values which must be expressed in law and in life."

On July 27, the Pope referred to the "agnosticism and practical atheism" that seems to be spreading in the continent and proposed "a renewed commitment" so that the "whole life of believers will be an authentic spiritual worship pleasing to God." In particular, he urged the rediscovery of the "value of Sunday," at the Aug. 3 Angelus.

This commitment must also be the foundation for building a solidaristic Europe, he stressed on Aug. 10.

"It is also necessary today 'to give back hope to the poor,' because in receiving and serving them, Christ himself is received and served," the Pope said. "The challenges that in this realm face believers in Europe are many." In particular, he stressed that of assistance to the family and the defense of life.


Mary's Tears Are a Call to Conversion and Peace, Says Pope

Recalls Anniversary of a 1953 Event in Sicily

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 31, 2003 (Zenit.org)

The tears of the Blessed Virgin are a call to conversion and peace, particularly in the Mideast and Africa, says John Paul II.

When meeting today with pilgrims to pray the Angelus, the Pope recalled the 50th anniversary of the day that an image of Mary wept in Syracuse, Sicily.

On Aug. 29, 1953, in the home of Antonia and Angelo Iannuso, a plaster plaque of the Immaculate Heart of Mary shed tears.

The miraculous phenomenon, later recognized officially by Sicily's bishops, was prolonged for three consecutive days until Sept. 1, attracting the attention of newspapers worldwide.

That Sept. 1, a commission of doctors and scientists gathered a cubic centimeter of the liquid shed from the Virgin's eyes. The scientific study concluded that their composition was like that of human tears.

Today those tears are preserved in a reliquary that was taken to all Sicilian parishes during the current extraordinary Marian Year, which ends on Monday. The year was proclaimed to recall what the Pope described as "such an amazing event."

Among those present today in the courtyard of the summer papal residence of Castel Gandolfo was a group of pilgrims from Syracuse, who presented a gold crown for John Paul II's blessing. The crown will be placed on the head of the Virgin's image.

"How mysterious these tears are!" the Pope said. "They speak of suffering and tenderness, of comfort and divine mercy. They are the sign of a maternal presence, and an appeal to conversion to God, abandoning the way of evil to follow faithfully Jesus Christ."

The Pontiff concluded with a prayer addressed to the "sweet Lady of Tears," entrusting to her the Church and the whole world.

"Look at those who have most need of forgiveness and reconciliation; bring concord to families and peace among peoples," he implored. "Dry the tears that hatred and violence cause in many regions of the Earth, especially in the Middle East and the African continent."

He concluded: "May your tears, O Mother, be a pledge of conversion and peace for all your children."


Renewal of an Entrustment to Mary

Pope Notes Anniversary of Our Lady of Tears

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 31, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Here is a translation of the address John Paul II gave today when he met with pilgrims gathered in the courtyard of the summer papal residence.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters!

1. In the past Sundays, my reflection has focused on Europe and its Christian roots, reviewing the text of the postsynodal apostolic exhortation "Ecclesia in Europa." This document concludes with an "Entrustment to Mary" of all the men and women of the continent, an entrustment that I wish to renew today, so that the Holy Virgin will make Europe become a symphony of nations committed to building together the civilization of love and peace!

2. In every European country, the Marian shrines are innumerable. Today, my thoughts go, in particular, to the Shrine of Our Lady of Tears of Syracuse, where the 50th anniversary of Mary's lacrimation is being celebrated. I greet with great affection the archbishop and community of Syracuse, which precisely tomorrow, Sept. 1, will solemnly conclude the extraordinary Marian Year proclaimed to commemorate such an amazing event. I greet the many devotees who have come from Sicily and from many parts of Italy and the world, to venerate "Our Lady of Tears." I greet the group of pilgrims from Syracuse who have brought a crown of gold here to be blessed and to be placed on the head of the Virgin.

I remain in devoted contemplation before the precious reliquary of the Tears of Our Lady, which has visited the various ecclesial communities of Sicily, stirring spiritual emotion and enthusiasm everywhere. How mysterious these tears are! They speak of suffering and tenderness, of comfort and divine mercy. They are the sign of a maternal presence, and an appeal to conversion to God, abandoning the way of evil to follow faithfully Jesus Christ.

3. To you, sweet Lady of Tears, we present the Church and the whole world. Look at those who have most need of forgiveness and reconciliation; bring concord to families and peace among peoples.

Dry the tears that hatred and violence cause in many regions of the Earth, especially in the Middle East and the African continent.

May your tears, O Mother, be a pledge of conversion and peace for all your children!

[Translation by ZENIT]

[After praying the Angelus, the Holy Father greeted the pilgrims in several languages. In English, he said:]

I greet the new seminarians of the Pontifical North American College, and I assure you of my prayers for your studies. Upon all the English-speaking pilgrims present today, including the young people from Malta and the University of Dallas, I cordially invoke the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Sicilian Insight: Why Mary Weeps

Palermo Cardinal Closes Marian Year in Syracuse

SYRACUSE, Sicily, SEPT. 3, 2003 (Zenit.org)

John Paul II's special envoy closed the celebrations of the Marian Year at the Shrine of the Virgin of Tears, venturing why the image of Mary wept a half-century ago.

During his Angelus address last Sunday, the Pope spoke about the miraculous event of Aug. 29, 1953, when, in the home of Antonia and Angelo Iannuso, a plaster plaque of the Immaculate Heart of Mary shed tears.

At a crowded Mass in the shrine on Monday, Cardinal Salvatore De Giorgi, archbishop of Palermo, explained the meaning of Mary's lacrimation. "Mary's tears are above all tears of sorrow for the phenomena of religious and moral degradation, which grow in the world due to the loss of the sense of sin," the papal envoy said. "They are tears of concern for the precarious situation of many of our brethren; tears of affliction for the victims of terrorism, wars, guerrilla groups, which exist in so many parts of the world," he added.

"But the tears are also tears of joy for the resurgence of the need for God, although it often occurs in an unperceived way or is not confessed," he added. "They are tears of exultation for the new vocations that are arising [...] and for the new awareness of the mission proper to all the baptized."

More details, in Italian, on the shrine are at www.diocesi.siracusa.it/htm/santuar.html.

From L’Osservatore Romano

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