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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 October 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 October.

The Eucharist with Mary

Eucharist with Mary is an answer to John Paul II's proclamation of "a special Year of the Eucharist" (2004-2005).  This feature will explore facets of Mary's relationship with the Eucharist and will be updated frequently throughout this year.  Our latest addition is Faustina Kowalska on Mary and the Eucharist.

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New Resources

A section on Children's Resources has been added to our About Mary page.  The latest addition was a bibliography of Marian Customs. Expect more sections to follow.

A section on international stamps with images of Mary has also been added to About Mary page.  The latest added was Nicaragua.  Expect more countries to follow.

We have expanded our material on The Hail Mary in Foreign Languages and The Marian Thoughts of Pope Benedict XVI and posted two new features: Marian October Poetry and Probable Origin of the Luminous Mysteries.

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  News from the Marian Library

Polish Madonna Notecards Are Back!

Due to popular demand, The Marian Library at the University of Dayton is once again offering the Polish Madonna notecards for a very limited time. There are seven cards and envelopes in each pack, and each card features a different Madonna by Polish artist Wislawa Kwiatkowska. The cards measure 4 1/2" x 6 1/4" and the packs are shrink-wrapped. The back of each card gives the picture title and its description and the web site of the online version of the Polish Madonna exhibit so the people you give the cards to can go online and see all the beautiful Polish Madonnas for themselves. The pictures included in the notecards are featured below.








The cards are $5.00 per pack, and the shipping and handling charges per order are as follows:

1 pack            =   $2 First Class Mail
2 packs     =   $3 First Class Mail
3 packs        =   $5 Priority Mail
4-6 packs     =   $6 Priority Mail
7-9 packs     =   $8 Priority Mail
10-12 packs    =   $9 Priority Mail

To order the cards, specify in a letter the number of packs you want and enclose a check or money order made out to "The Marian Library." Mail it to:

The Marian Library
Attention: Notecards
University of Dayton
Dayton, OH 45469-1390

We will NOT be accepting telephone orders, but if you have any questions, call The Marian Library at 937-229-4214.

For information on Polish Madonna prints available click into

New Web Addresses for The Mary Page

In order to make our web site more accessible, The Mary Page may now be reached at the following URLs:;; and  The original address on the University of Dayton site remains active as well.

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Web Collaborators

Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners. highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. includes a Mary Channel on their navbar with Mary Page articles. Please visit these site in return.  We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.

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Current Exhibit

"The Song of Songs Illustrated," Henry C. Setter's illustrations of this Biblical book now on display in The Marian Library Gallery through October 31, 2005.  The exhibit is free and open to the public on weekdays from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  For tours and information call 937-229-4214.  Click here for a virtual exhibit.

Setter, a Cincinnati native and former UD Professor, has taught art for 42 years and still works as a professional artist.  He has received numerous art commissions in the United States and Europe, and his watercolors, mosaics and sculptures are displayed in both private and public collections.  His woodblock prints and sculptures have received awards in juried exhibitions throughout the United States.

Creches and Straw Art are also on display in our museum.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Fall 2005 semester begin on October 10.  The course schedule through Fall 2005 is now available.

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Walking the Labyrinth with Mary

Wednesday, October 5, 6:15-8:30 pm at Mount Saint John nature preserve (5 miles East of U.D.)

To celebrate the Marian Feasts of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7) and Our Lady of the Pillar (October 12), we will use the labyrinth to ponder how we, like Mary, are called to be Christ-bearers in the world.  Facilitated by Sr. Leanne Jablonski FMI, the evening will include information on using the labyrinth for spiritual development, a guided labyrinth walk, and reflections on the mysteries of Mary's life.  In case of rain, we will offer an indoor meditation.  Refreshments will be served.  Donations accepted.  For more information call 937-429-3582, email or click into

Click this link for a list of all of the current Marian Events by geographical position.

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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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Mariology Symposium to Focus on Compassion
Vatican City, September 28, 2005

Compassion and its presence in the life of Mary of Nazareth will be the focus of the 15th International Mariological Symposium, to be held Oct. 4-7 in Rome.

On this occasion, Monsignor René Laurentin, the renowned Mariologist, will confer the René Laurentin-Pro Ancilla Domini award in memory of Servite Father Ignacio María Calabuig, a professor of Mariology who died last year.

This biannual meeting dedicated to Mariology will take place in the Theological Faculty Marianum. This year it will "explore the theological category of compassion as key in reading the significance and role of the Mother of Jesus in the history of salvation," the organizers said in a statement.

Monsignor Angelo Vincenzo Zani, undersecretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, will preside over the morning session Oct. 4.

On the Eucharist and Love
"Source of the Spiritual Energy that Renews Our Life"

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, September 25, 2005

Conclusion of the Angelus address given in the courtyard of the papal summer residence.

Divine charity transformed the heart of the Virgin Mary before and more than that of all the saints. After the Annunciation, moved by the one she bore in her womb, the Mother of the Word incarnate went to visit and help her cousin Elizabeth. Let us pray so that every Christian, nourished by the Body and Blood of the Lord, will grow ever more in the love of God and in the generous service of his brothers.

Calendar of Liturgical Celebrations for December
Vatican City, September 24, 2005

The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff made public today for Thursday, 8: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

At 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Mass for the 40th anniversary of the closing of Vatican Council II. At 4 p.m. in Rome's Piazza di Spagna, homage to Mary Immaculate.

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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.

Aria Sung to Commemorate Unveiling of Charred Mary Statue
[Source: The Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo), August 10, 2005]

A statue of the Virgin Mary charred by the atomic bombing here 60 years ago was put on display at the altar of Urakami Cathedral for the first time since the bombing to mark its anniversary Tuesday.

To commemorate the display, an aria titled "Ave Maria for the Bombed Virgin of Nagasaki" was sung at the cathedral. Chiyoko Iwanami, 57, who organized the concert, listened to the song with her eyes closed. "A tragedy that ruins people's memories should never recur after Nagasaki," she said.

The cathedral is located about 500 meters from ground zero of the blast. Among 12,000 Catholics who lived in the Urakami district, 8,500 are believed to have been killed in the bombing.

Iwanami, who grew up near the cathedral, is a child of survivors of the bombing. Her encounter with the hymn composed by Belgian musician Eric Colon prompted Iwanami, who now lives in Tokyo, to begin holding such concerts at churches in Nagasaki Prefecture four years ago.

The head of the bombed statue was discovered two months after the bomb was dropped. Mary's right cheek bears scorch marks. A ceremony placing the statue on the restored altar was held earlier Tuesday.

After the ceremony, Colon's daughter, Erika, sang her father's song, accompanied by the pipe organ. Her voice echoed through the cathedral. The soprano singer, whose mother is Japanese, long hoped to sing at the cathedral and asked Iwanami if she could perform there.

At 11:02 a.m. shortly after Erika finished singing, bells to mourn victims rang out.

Pilgrims Flock to See 'Moving' Madonna Statue
[Source: The Independent (London), July 26, 2005]

Thousands of Roman Catholic faithful queued outside a church near Naples yesterday after the congregation reported watching a statue of the Madonna 'miraculously' moving in front of them.

Dozens of parishioners at the modern church of San Pietro in the town of Acerra, on the northern outskirts of Naples, recounted seeing the simple plaster and marble statue of the Virgin Mary 'become flesh' and move her legs 'as if she wanted to approach us'. The first sighting of the apparition was made two weeks ago by a group of elderly women reciting the rosary prayer.

The parish priest of San Pietro, Father Oreste Santoro, reacted cautiously to the claim, saying: 'I wasn't present at what they saw and therefore am unable to judge.'

One group of pilgrims to the church claim to have made a video of the Madonna's movements and will show the footage to the Bishop of Acerra, Monsignor Giovanni Rinaldi, who will decide whether the celluloid 'proof', together with photographs purportedly taken with mobile telephones, warrant examination by a special church commission that investigates reports of apparitions.

Some parishioners speculated the apparitions might be a sign of the Madonna's displeasure at the recent terrorist attacks around the world. Whatever the case, local ecclesiastical authorities are not excluding that the apparitions may be authentic.

'You certainly can't stop the Madonna from doing anything she wants,' said Don Antonio Riboldi, the Bishop Emeritus of Acerra. 'However it is very early to talk of a miracle. I ask myself what it can mean that the Madonna has moved. The Madonna speaks to us wherever she goes. Her message is always the same " convert and believe in the Gospel. The aim of the Madonna is to lead men to God.

'If it is a true miracle; it will be the Madonna herself to show it. But we must be careful. One must not give in to the temptation of easy popular religiosity.

'It will be up to the commissions which specialize in this kind of event to show whether the Madonna really moved or if there really was a phenomenon that could lead one to think of a miracle.'

Volunteers from Italy's civil protection department erected barriers in front of the 160cm (5ft 9in) statue.

'I saw her legs that were moving the dress and her knees that were bending, as if she wanted to walk toward the faithful,' the newspaper, Il Messaggero, of Rome quoted a witness as saying.

News of the apparition quickly spread and as many as 2,000 people, many of them children, flocked to pray at the statue, many of them on their knees for several hours despite the intense summer heat.

Holy visions

A statue of the Madonna was seen crying 'tears of blood' at a church in Civitavecchia, in central Italy. The apparition was reported 13 times, most recently in March 1995. Pope John Paul II sent a golden rosary bead to the parish.

Visions of the Virgin Mary appeared to a group of Portuguese shepherd children in Fatima in 1917. The Madonna spoke to the children, apparently predicting the rise of communism after the end of the First World War.

Apparitions have been reported persistently since 1981 at the church of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina, credited with miraculous healing.

Catholic Dissent over Mystery of the Pregnant Madonnas
[Source: The Guardian (London), July 23, 2005]

An Italian author has stirred controversy within the Roman Catholic church with a new theory linking one of the most intriguing traditions in western art to the suppression of the enigmatic Knights Templar.

A string of artists working from the middle of the 14th century near Florence painted the Virgin Mary as they imagined her to have been while she was pregnant. The best-known of these swelling Madonnas is by the great 15th century Tuscan artist Piero della Francesca. It shows an apparently dejected mother-to-be with one hand resting on the burgeoning front of her maternity gown.

Piero della Francesca's fresco, preserved in a cemetery chapel at Monterchi, near Arezzo, was not just the high point of the tradition. It virtually brought it to an end.

Carvings and sculptures of pregnant Marys have a longer history before and after the early Renaissance. But the painting of them by artists of stature is almost entirely confined to Tuscany in the 130 years ending around 1467, when Piero della Francesco is reckoned to have created the fresco at Monterchi.

In a 40-page booklet published last month, Renzo Manetti, a Florentine architect and author of several works on symbolism in art, argues that this is no coincidence.

"Florence was a major Templar centre and these Madonnas start to appear soon after the suppression of the knights in 1312," he told the Guardian this week. The first by a celebrated artist is attributed to Taddeo Gaddi and dated to between 1334 and 1338.

"In virgin and child paintings, the child symbolises wisdom, knowledge, truth. So what the pregnant Madonnas represent is a temporarily hidden truth," Mr Manetti said.

The Knights Templar were a military-religious order founded in the early 12th century to defend the kingdom the crusaders had carved out in the Holy Land. From modest beginnings, the order grew to wield immense political and financial power not only in the Holy Land, but also in Europe.

Pope Clement V ordered its dissolution after a campaign to discredit the order which saw bogus confessions extracted by the use of often ferocious torture. Two years after the pope issued his decree, the last grand master of the Knights Templar was burned at the stake on an island in the Seine in front of Notre Dame cathedral.

Controversy still rages over what secret knowledge, if any, the surviving Templars and their lay associates preserved. The question surfaced most recently in Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, where it is held to be evidence that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had children whose descendants have survived to the present.

If that theory is to be believed, then Mr Manetti's interpretation raises the issue of which Mary is being depicted by the creators of the pregnant Madonnas. Mr Manetti, a practising Catholic, dismisses The Da Vinci Code as "based on a complete misunderstanding" of early Christian writings.

But with leading figures in the church denouncing The Da Vinci Code as subversive, sensitivity among clerics to anything that echoes its contents is acute. And Mr Manetti's theory has run into vigorous criticism from the priest whose church in Florence houses Gaddi's pregnant Virgin.

In a 15-page article due to appear soon in the diocesan periodical, Father Giovanni Alpigiano argues for the traditional view that the expectant virgins represent the theological concept of incarnation. There is "no arcane secret" attached to Gaddi's Mary, he insists, despite her cryptic, knowing expression.

"Great care needs to be taken in attempting to rewrite the history of art or literature solely with the help of esoteric clues," Fr Alpigiano adds. An account of his counter-blast was splashed over the best part of a page in Avvenire, the national daily newspaper owned by the Italian bishops' conference.

Yet a prominent Catholic cleric, Monsignor Timothy Verdon, took part in the launch of Mr Manetti's booklet. Mgr Verdon, the American-born canon of Florence cathedral, is a distinguished Renaissance scholar and the author of monographs on, among others, Piero della Francesca. "My own approach is that one should always look for the most universally accessible meaning," he said yesterday. "Works of Christian art are meant to be understood by all-comers. But, that said, I find (Manetti's) work interesting, stimulating. It puts one back in touch with a range of possibilities that might otherwise be forgotten."

Mr Manetti said: "I wouldn't want to say that Piero and the other artists who painted the pregnant Madonnas were secret Templars, but they may well have been sympathizers."

Mr Manetti said there was evidence to suggest that a group of former warrior monks and their associates in Florence had founded a new order, of St Jerome, which was generously endowed by rich Tuscan families who had previously been close to the Templars.

As the dispute gathers momentum, one question remains so far unanswered. What does Mr Manetti believe was the true secret these great artists thought they were alluding to?

Mr Manetti is not telling. But he will be publishing a full-length book on the subject later this year.

Cops are Shot at Church
[Source: Daily News (New York), July 18, 2005]

A SHOTGUN AND SWORD-WIELDING madman wounded two cops at close range yesterday after they caught him blasting the head off a century-old statue of St. Anne and the Virgin Mary outside a Queens church.

One officer was hit in the head and the other in the leg by shrapnel from police hater Kevin Davy's shotgun. But at least one of the cops managed to return fire and end the 2 a.m. spree outside Saints Joachim and Anne Church in Queens Village.

"I'm a hustler! I'm a warrior!" ranted Davy, 25, who used a sword to lop off the granite statue's arms and blew the head off with a 12-gauge shotgun before ambushing the police from less than 8 feet away.

"I'm warning you, m-----------s," yelled Davy, who once made an anti-police and anti-government DVD with his brother.

Officer Dominick Romano, 29, was hit once in the head and eight times in the back by projectiles, but his bulletproof vest saved him. His partner, Officer David Harris, 40, was struck in the leg five times--shattering his femur--and also hit in the arm.

A nurse, Tyrone Murphy, 35, of Valley Stream, L.I., driving by the bloody scene on Hollis Ave., stopped and helped save Harris' life by using his shirt as a tourniquet that he tied around the officer's wounded leg.

"These officers are extremely lucky to be alive," said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, holding up Romano's blood-soaked vest as well as Davy's shotgun and sword.

"These two officers showed remarkable courage and dedication," Mayor Bloomberg said at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where the cops were in stable condition.

The officers, both three-year NYPD members from the 105th Precinct, were the fifth and sixth cops shot in the past six weeks--a disturbing spate in a city where crime has dropped markedly in recent years.

Davy, who was in critical but stable condition at Mary Immaculate Hospital, suffers from bipolar disorder and apparently nursed a potent hatred for Christianity, the police and other institutions, officials and relatives said.

"His anger comes and goes, comes and goes," said Jewel Johnson, 18, a cousin.

"He seemed angry," added Davy's brother Keith, 22, who spoke to him hours before the attack. "I just saw it in his face."

The brothers, whose father is a subway preacher, created and sold a homemade DVD called "The Raw Coke, Vol. 1" that spliced together crude images of news footage and rants against everyone from President Bush to cops to whites to Oprah Winfrey.

Keith Davy said he understood "the logic involved" in the attack on the police, whom he branded as "devilish." He also ridiculed the "white" religious statue.

But his mom said Kevin Davy was just sick. "He's a good kid with a mental problem," said Beverley Davy, 45.

Kevin Davy set out from his family's neatly kept home for the nearby church about 1:30 a.m., carrying a portable radio blaring rap music in one hand and a sword in the other.

First, he took the sword and started hacking at the arms of the 107-year-old statue, which depicts St. Anne and her daughter, the Virgin Mary, as a child holding a Bible.

When his sword failed to destroy the icon, he went back to his home to fetch a pump-action shotgun, returned and opened fire, blowing St. Anne's head into nearby bushes, cops said.

"He seemed like a crazy man, a madman," said Pascale Vieux, 26, who lives across the street. "He was enraged."

Davy became even more unhinged when Romano and Harris--responding to frantic 911 calls--pulled up in a squad car.

"He had to be crazy.  He was walking with a machete and a boom box," said Gladys Bellinger, 67, a neighbor. "He put the radio down, walked back toward the cops and started shooting."

Even after he was hit and lay on the street, Harris returned fire, bringing down Davy before he could shoot again at the cops.

"God was on their side," said a fellow cop who spoke to Harris after the shootout. "The crazy guy was turning his gun back on Harris to kill him when he fell from his own wounds."

At the church, the Rev. Joseph Malagreca clutched the head of the $10,000 statue outside the rectory and prepared to tell his flock about the hateful mayhem at Sunday Mass.

"It's just sad," the pastor said. "He has a psychological problem with religion."

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