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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 March 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 March.

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New Resources

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

A section on Mary and Inter-religious Dialog has also been added to our About Mary page.  The latest addition was Our Lady and Islam.  Expect more sections to follow.

We have updated The Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI.  We have also posted the latest edition of the Marian Library Newsletter, including reviews of the following books: The Virgin of Guadalupe: Theological Reflections of an Anglo-Lutheran Liturgist; The Mystery of Mary; and Consuming Visions: Mass Culture and the Lourdes Shrine.

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  News from the Marian Library

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Earl Moorman, long-time supporter of ML/IMRI, died on March 2, 2006. His funeral was held at Incarnation Church in Centerville on Tuesday, March 7.

New Spanish Web Site for Mary

The Spanish Mariological Society, La Sociedad Mariológica Española, has a new Marian web site.  Their official web site, at URL, contains information on their founding, members, statutes, publications and more.

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Current Exhibit

"Dark and Beautiful," an exhibit of paintings by Father Jim Hasse, S.J., will be on display at The Marian Library Gallery from February 1 - March 20, 2006.  Click here to view the virtual exhibit.

Creches and Straw Madonnas are also on display in our museum.  Patrons with RealPlayer may also view a streaming video showing the sets which were on display during the 2005 Christmas season.

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Additional 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.

Also, the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) has added the Gallery section of The Mary Page to the Exhibits section of their on-line museum, the Plethoreum.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Spring 2006 semester commenced on February 20.  The course schedule for this semester is now available.

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ESBVM-USA Spring Meeting: A Concert of Marian Music Representing Different Faith Traditions

The ESBVM-USA will host a unique program on May 13, 2006 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue NE, in Washington, D.C., from 4:00 to 5:10 pm.  Everyone is welcome. The program is free.  The concert will be held in the Crypt Church.  Choral presentations will be presented by selected members of the Shrine Choir.

ESBVM-USA hopes you will come and bring friends and members from your academic institution or church community.  The Basilica can be reached by Metro (subway) at the Brookland-Catholic University Station, on the Red Line.  For more information, 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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Benedict XVI's Discourse to Roman Major Seminary
"Saint Joseph Should Be an Encouragement to All"
Rome, March 3, 2006

Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's discourse during his Feb. 25 visit to the community of the Roman Major Seminary on the occasion of the feast of Our Lady of Trust.

Dear Brothers in the Episcopate and in the Presbyterate,

Dear Seminarians,

Brothers and Sisters,

It gives me great pleasure to be with you this evening at the Roman Major Seminary on such a special occasion as the feast of your patroness, Our Lady of Trust.


It really is very beautiful and meaningful that you venerate the Virgin Mary, Mother of Priests, with the special title of Our Lady of Trust. It evokes a twofold meaning: the trust of the seminarians who, with her help, set out on their journey in response to Christ who has called them, and the trust of the Church of Rome, especially that of her bishop, which invokes the protection of Mary, the Mother of every vocation, upon this nursery-garden of priests.

It is with Mary's help, dear seminarians, that today you can prepare for your mission as priests at the service of the Church. A moment ago, when I paused in prayer before the venerable image of Our Lady of Trust in your chapel, which is the heart of your seminary, I prayed for each one of you. ... And I also called upon the Mother of the Redeemer to obtain for you the gift of holiness. May the Holy Spirit, who shaped the priestly Heart of Jesus in the Virgin's womb and later at the house in Nazareth, work within you with his grace, preparing you for the future tasks that will be entrusted to you.

It is equally beautiful and appropriate today that together with the Virgin Mother of Trust, we should venerate in a special way her husband, St. Joseph, who has inspired Monsignor Marco Frisina's Oratory this year. I thank him for his sensitivity, for having chosen to honor my holy patron, and I congratulate him on this composition, while I warmly thank the soloists, the choir, the organist and all the members of the orchestra.

This oratory, significantly entitled "Shadow of the Father," affords me an opportunity to emphasize how the example of St. Joseph, a "just man," the Evangelist says, fully responsible before God and before Mary, should be an encouragement to all of you on your way toward the priesthood.

Joseph appears to us ever attentive to the voice of the Lord, who guides the events of history, and ready to follow the instructions, ever faithful, generous and detached in service, an effective teacher of prayer and of work in the hidden life at Nazareth. I can assure you, dear seminarians, that the further you advance with God's grace on the path of the priesthood, the more you will experience what abundant spiritual fruits result from calling on St. Joseph and invoking his support in carrying out your daily duty.

Dear seminarians, please accept my most cordial best wishes for your present and your future. I place them in the hands of Mary Most Holy, Our Lady of Trust. May those who are formed at the Roman Major Seminary learn to repeat the beautiful invocation, "Mater mea, fiducia mea," your distinctive motto that was coined by my Venerable Predecessor Benedict XV.

I pray that these words will be impressed upon the hearts of each one of you and will accompany you always, in your life and in your priestly ministry. Thus, you will be able to spread around you, wherever you may be, the fragrance of Mary's trust which is trust in God's provident and faithful love. ...

Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans
Archbishop Hughes on Post-Katrina Plans
New Orleans, Louisiana March 5, 2006

New Orleans Archbishop Alfred Hughes has been busy mending his archdiocese and reaching out to the devastated community since Hurricane Katrina hit last summer. More than 75% of the parishes and schools are in service to the local community and Catholic charitable groups are ministering to those most in need. Archbishop Hughes shared with ZENIT that he and the faithful are convinced that God is with them in their efforts at recovery and rebuilding, despite the daunting tasks that still lie ahead. ...

The Church in New Orleans is accustomed to praying for the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor for protection of our city. As we celebrated her feast on January 8, 2006, the homilist, Father Joseph Palermo, rightly addressed the question that was in the hearts of some of the pilgrims who came: Where was Our Lady of Prompt Succor on August 29, 2005?

He then went on to speak of Mary's role in her own son's Passion. She did not try to prevent his crucifixion but was present and supportive throughout, standing at the foot of the cross. I have the sense that the faithful are convinced that God is with us in our efforts at recovery and rebuilding ...

Israelis Apologize for Blasts in Cathedral
Church Leaders Thankful for Moves to Defend Nazareth Site
Jerusalem, March 5, 2006

An attack on the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth by an Israeli family elicited an official apology from the authorities of Israel. An Israeli man, together with his wife and daughter, set off explosives with firecrackers and gas canisters in the lower part of the basilica Friday afternoon while faithful were praying the Stations of the Cross in the upper part. The attackers were seized and locked in the guard room, Catholic representatives told ZENIT.

The incident drew thousands of people representing various religious from Nazareth and surrounding villages to the basilica with the intention of protecting it. The crowd remained late into the night. Christian and Muslim leaders, together with the mayor of Nazareth and civil authorities, rescued the attackers from the hands of the furious crowd and calmed the situation. That same night, Israeli authorities formally apologized to Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, Vatican secretary for relations with states, to Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem, and to Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Custos of the Holy Land.

Apology accepted

The Latin Patriarchate, the Custos of the Holy Land and the leaders of Churches in Galilee published a communiqué Saturday expressing appreciation for the apology.

"In this we see their understanding of the gravity of such an incident and the importance of the educational efforts that must be undertaken to avoid such incidents under any circumstances," they said. The statement continued: "We thank the entire crowd, from different religious backgrounds, who came yesterday to defend our holy places and the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. "In this we see an awareness to strengthen the unity of the people and an effort to avoid such incidents before they happen." "This incident indicates that education in the country, whether religious or national, needs renewal," the statement added. "Religious education must guide each of the faithful to respect and accept others who are religiously different. It must free the faithful from all fanatic attitudes that cancel others and lead to attacks such as the one witnessed last night."

The leaders emphasized the need for all to respect all holy places, and not only those that correspond to their own religion.

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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.

Mel Gibson to Visit Medjugorje
[Source: Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign, February 25, 2006]

Mel Gibson, the Hollywood actor and film producer, is due to visit Medjugorje in February to begin work on a new film based on the apparitions and messages of Our Lady. Gibson, who directed, The Passion of Christ, is thought to have been influenced by actor Jim Caviezel, a frequent visitor to the Shrine with his wife, Kerri.

Commenting on the documentary film, Fr Jozo Zovko said it will be a spiritual story, not a movie about miracles and extraordinary events. The former pastor of the Medjugorje parish also had some input to Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion of Christ. Lead actor Jim Caviezel spent 10 days with the Franciscan priest to help prepare for the role as Jesus. At that time the Resurrection scene was not part of the film, but was included at Fr Jozo’s suggestion.

Film writer Carol Cook recently spent two months in Siroki Brijeg (Fr Jozo’s parish) and Medjugorje preparing the script for this latest Mel Gibson production before returning to the United States. She has a personal interest in Medjugorje after traveling there soon after witnessing and losing friends in the 9/11 disaster in 2001. More recently, she attended a retreat given by Fr Jozo last October.

This is not the first time Hollywood has turned its spotlight on Medjugorje. In the mid-90’s Martin Sheen, Morgan Fairchild and Michael Yorke starred in the film Gospa, directed by Jakov Sedlara.

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