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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 July 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 July.

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New Resources

A section on Marian Spiritualities has been added to our Resources index.  The latest addition was a paper by Brother John Samaha on Mary in Byzantine Spirituality.  Expect more articles to follow.

A section on international stamps with images of Mary has also been added to our Resources index.  The latest added was Meditating the Passion of Our Lord with Stamps.  Expect more countries to follow.

A section on Mary and Women is now under construction in our Resources index.  The latest addition was John Paul II on Women.  Expect more articles to follow.

The Marian Library has received many valuable donations of religious art.  The most recent is a collection of the works of Alex Rapoport from his widow, Irina.  Many thanks to all our benefactors!

We have updated our answers to the following questions: Mary's Co-redemption: Will there be a new dogma soon?; and Is Our Lady of Loreto considered the Patron Saint of Aviators? and also added four new ones: What is Ina Poonbato?; Who is Marienkinder?; Why is Mary included in the stations of the cross?; and St. Bernard on Mary as Channel.

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  News from the Marian Library

We have received a number of emails from readers commending our Mary Page web site.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following comment is a typical example:

It is nearly 2 am in the morning.  I cannot stop downloading features from your Marian Website.  I am going to storm heaven tomorrow with all the prayers I have found.  What a site!  I am loving it.  May Our Lady continue to inspire you holy people with all the correct interpretations.


Alumni Update

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, an IMRI student, will lecture on the first Saturdays of August, September, October and December [2004] at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  For more information on the entire Mary Immaculate Masterpiece of God's Mercy speaker series click into: www.marian.org/shrine.

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Collaboration with Catholic.net

An important Catholic web site, www.catholic.net, has added a section on the Virgin Mary to the top of their list of 'channels.'  They plan to highlight particular items from The Mary Page and to encourage their audience to visit our site.  Please visit their site in return.  We expect more collaboration with them in the future.

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Current Exhibit

Messengers from God

An eclectic Marian Library exhibit showcasing works by internationally known Ukrainian artist Aka Pereyma and her daughter Christina opened June 7 in the Marian Library and will run through August 6.  For more information click into, Gallery.

New Crèches will also be on display in our museum through November 2004.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Summer 2004 semester started on June 14!  The schedule is available online.

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Marian Events

Information from the International Pontifical Marian Academy (PAMI)

The 21st International Mariological-Marian Congress will be held in Rome at the Pontifical Lateran University, December 4-8, 2004.  The title of the Congress is "Mary of Nazareth Welcomes the Son of God into our History and World."  A Franciscan Mariological Congress will be held concurrently.  For further details visit the PAMI website.

The Mariological Society of America (MSA) will coordinate the English-speaking section of the above conference.  For more information (including submission of proposed English language talks) contact Fr. Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., at 937-229-4214.

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



Made public today was a Letter by the Pope, written in Latin and dated June 11, in which he appointed Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, archbishop of Krakow, Poland, as his special envoy to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica of Lisieux on July 11.

John Paul II recalls in the letter that on October 19, 1997 he proclaimed St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897), also known as St. Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Little Flower, as a doctor of the Church. The Discalced Carmelite was the third woman to be proclaimed a doctor of the Church after St. Catherine of Siena and St. Teresa of Avila.


From Zenit

Program of Pope's Visit to Lourdes

Schedule of Events for August Trip to France

VATICAN CITY, JULY 6, 2004 (Zenit.org)

John Paul II will be a pilgrim among patients when he visits the Marian Shrine of Lourdes, in southern France, on Aug. 14-15. The tentative program for his visit appears at the site www.lourdes2004.com set up for the Pope's 104th international trip.

After landing at Tarbes-Oussun airport at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14, the Holy Father will be welcomed by French President Jacques Chirac. At 1 p.m. the Pope is expected to visit the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous on Feb. 11, 1858.

From 5-7 p.m. the Holy Father will preside over a rosary procession, which will begin at the grotto. After each mystery, there will be stops in symbolic places of the shrine.

On Sunday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m., the Pope will preside over a Mass. John Paul II will leave Lourdes around 6 p.m. to return to Rome.

The Pope's visit to Lourdes is to mark the 150th anniversary of the proclamation by Pope Pius IX of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which took place on Dec. 8, 1854.

On the official Web page, there is practical information on travel arrangements for Lourdes, as well as on the accreditation of journalists.

This will be the Holy Father's seventh visit to France, and the second to Lourdes. His last trip to French lands was in 1997, for World Youth Day, in Paris.

Here is the official program:

Saturday, Aug. 14

-- 11:30 a.m.: arrival at Tarbes-Oussun airport. Jacques Chirac, president of the French Republic

welcomes the Pope.

-- 1 p.m.: arrival at the grotto

-- 5-7 p.m.: praying of the rosary, the mysteries of light. All through this rosary, the Pope will be surrounded by sick people, pilgrims, young people and volunteer helpers. At each station, a text will be read, followed by one Pater Noster (Our Father) and 10 Ave Maria's (Hail Marys). After a prayer, the procession starts from the grotto.

1st stop: the baths, with volunteer helpers

1st luminous mystery, Christ's baptism in the Jordan. Along the Gave river, then across.

2nd stop: in front of the Tent of Adoration, with young people

2nd luminous mystery, the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Through the Meadow.

3rd stop: the Church of St. Bernadette, with the sick

3rd "luminous" mystery, the Beatitudes. Crossing the Gave river.

4th stop : the statue of St. Jean Vianney, the Curé of Ars, next to the Chapel of Reconciliation, with priests

4th "luminous" mystery, Christ's transfiguration.

5th stop: the esplanade of the Rosary Basilica, with altar boys

5th "luminous" mystery, Christ's institution of the Eucharist.

At the end of the rosary, the Pope will address the crowd from the esplanade.

-- 9 p.m.: beginning of the candlelight procession.

Sunday, Aug. 15

-- 10 a.m.: papal Mass (2 1/2 hrs)

-- In the afternoon, in the grotto, personal prayer of the Pope.

-- 6 p.m. (approximately): the Pope leaves for Rome.


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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.

Catholics Invite Mary to Lead Them Amid Problems and Conflicts [Source: UCAN, 6/10/2004]

JAKARTA, INDONESIA--Lay Catholics in Jakarta came together for nine consecutive evenings of prayers and talks to deepen their devotion to the Blesssed Mother and seek her guidance..

"We asked Mary to guide us, our families and nation in our daily lives amid various problems and conflict," Peter B. Stok, chairman of the organizing committee of Marian Devotions 2004, told UCA News.  About 500 participants took part each evening May 21-29, with the activities centering around the theme "Mary and Indonesian Family," according to Stok, a local bank director.

The 36 member organizing committee comprised laypeople and two priests.  Traditionally, Catholics devote the month of May to the Blessed Mother.

Josephus Richardus Maria Winarendra, committee secretary, told UCA News June 8 that the large number of participants, who packed the multifunction room of a bank building in the capital's business district, was a sign that Catholics are hungry for devotions.  "I think this should be an annual tradition," the lay leader said.

The theme of family was chosen to support the Jakarta archdiocesan program that emphasizes family as the smallest basic community, according to Winarendra, a member of Indonesian Catholic Community Forum.  He observed that 50 percent of the participants were married couples.

They heard nine priests and nine laypeople speak on topics such as "Mary and Prayer in the Family," "Mary and Politics in the Family," "Mary and the Indonesian Nation Family," and "Mary the Prophet."

Each evening began with the rosary, followed by a talk and Mass.  After the prayer of the faithful, participants said three Hail Marys and the special novena prayer entrusting their families to Mary and asking for unity, harmony and peace through her intercession.


Jesuit Father Subroto Widjojo advised that mutual attention, help and forgiveness are needed for balanced relations among family members.  "Mary teaches us, Christian families, not only to listen but to carry out the word of God by attending to the needs of other families," said the priest, chaplain of Jakarta archdiocese's Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement."

On May 30, the day after the devotions ended, the book "Mary the Prophet" by Jesuit Father Bernardus S. Mardiatmadja was launched at beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park in Jakarta.

Marian Grotto Was Catholics' Spiritual Home While Waiting 40 Years For A Church [Source: UCAN, 6/9/2004]

QUI NHON, Vietnam--A Marian grotto in central Vietnam at which Catholics gathered for 40 years to pray once again stands next to a church.

Catholics are happy with the new church, which "proves the Blessed Mother answered our prayers," Paul Thai Chon, 85, told UCA News as he stood by the grotto in the Cay Roi church compound.

Founded in 1983, Cay Roi subparish with 600 Catholics belongs to Phu Cat parish of Qui Nhon diocese.  Qui Nhon city is 1,065 kilometers south of Ha Noi.

Chon recounted that the old subparish church collapsed in 1963 during the Vietnam war, leaving the parishoners no place to pray except the grotto, which houses a 40-centimeter high statue of Mary.

The elderly layman said Catholics would come to the grotto to pray to the Blessed Mother even on rainy nights.  He explained that regular visits to the grotto also were a way to maintain Church ownership of the property.

Most Catholics fled to other places during the war, but a few stayed and protected the church property by erecting a wire fence, some recalled.  When the war ended in 1975, many returned to the subparish.

Since they had no church, in addition to praying at the grotto, they would walk the 17 kilometers to Phu Cat in groups on Saturday evenings for Sunday Mass, bringing food with them.  After Mass they hurried home to work.

A lay leader said this went on for a decade before parishoners were able to by bicycles.  In recent years, they rented buses for Massgoers.

Now they no longer need the buses.  Father Joachim Nguyen Duc Quang, a priest of Phu Cat parish, has celebrated Mass in Cay Roi since July 2003.

On May 31, Bishop Pierre Nguyen Soan of Qui Nhon consecrated the new church there.  About 50 priests of Qui Nhon and other dioceses concelebrated the Mass, attended by 1,000 Catholics, including Religious.

In his homily, Bishop Soan expressed admiration for how Catholics of the subparish maintained their faith and mutual affection.  He urged them to bear witness to Christ by attending Mass, living in harmony, sharing their neighbors' joys and sorrows, and integrating into the larger society.  He expressed his hope their number will increase with the new church [The 600-square-meter church seats 500].

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