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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:

I just stumbled upon your Hail Mary page--how wonderful! It's really fun to browse all the different languages ... Thank you for keeping a place like this! It's much appreciated.

Anna B.

Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Talks on Relevant Radio

Teresa Monaghen, the local and National Moderator of the Secular Institute of the Apostolic Oblates and the National Director of the Pro Sanctity Movement, has been doing a series of broadcasts entitled At the School of Mary and the Saints on KVSS FM Radio in Nebraska (i.e. Spirit 88.9 out of Omaha, 103.1 out of Schuyler, and 98.3 out of Norfolk).

She will be doing two "Marian Shows" one for the Annunciation: March 26 and one on the theme of Mary, Mother of Beautiful Love at the Foot of the Cross on March 30th. Both will be webcast at 7:00 AM Central Time on KVSS.

Several of her earlier talks are available online in the archives of their website.  We'll keep you informed about her future programs.

Prelate's Assault on "Tomb of Jesus"--Archbishop Forte Says Discovery is False (Source: Zenit, Rome, 3/1/2007)

The alleged discovery of the tomb of Jesus is really just an attempt to put into question Christ's resurrection, said the archbishop-theologian of Chieti-Vasto.

Archbishop Bruno Forte, a member of the International Theological Commission, made these comments to ZENIT regarding James Cameron's documentary "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," produced in collaboration with Simcha Jacobovici.

The documentary is scheduled to be broadcast on the Discovery Channel this Sunday. It claims that Jesus' burial site has been found and suggests that Christ was married to Mary Magdalene and had a son.

Archbishop Forte, the president of the Italian episcopal conference's Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith, said: "In fact there is talk of ancient tombs, some from the first century, discovered in the neighborhood of Talpiot, at the beginning of the 1980s, on which are engraved some names, such as those of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Matthew. This is the factual data.

"However, there are many such tombs in the territory of the Holy Land. Hence, there is nothing new in this revelation."

The archbishop said that there is so much noise surrounding the documentary's airing because the media "wanted to launch a scoop. Given the success of operations such as 'The Da Vinci Code,' an attempt has been made to produce a similar success, playing with the real question at stake, namely, if Jesus is really risen."

"In fact, the thesis launched is that if Jesus is buried there with his family, then the resurrection would be no more than an invention of his disciples," he noted.

The archbishop continued: "However, leaving to one side the inconsistency of the archaeological proof, which has been utterly contested by Israeli archaeologists, the factual event of Jesus' resurrection is rigorously documented in the New Testament by the five accounts of the apparitions: four of the Gospels and St. Paul's."

"All critical studies in these two centuries have shown that in the profound truth of the accounts of the apparitions there is non-debatable historicity," he said.

A historical encounter

Archbishop Forte said: "There is a vacuum between Good Friday, when the disciples abandoned Jesus, and Easter Sunday, when they became witnesses of the Risen One, with a drive and courage that impelled them to proclaim the good news to the ends of the earth, even to giving their lives for him.

"What happened? The profane historian cannot explain it. The Gospels imply it: There was an encounter that changed their lives.

"And this encounter, recounted in the passages of the apparitions, is characterized by an essential fact: The initiative is not from the disciples, but from him who is alive, as the book of the Acts of the Apostles states."

"This means that it isn't something that happens in the disciples but something that happens to them," said Archbishop Forte.

"Beginning with this fact," he said, "in the course of history Christ has been proclaimed with a drive that has involved geniuses of thought, not visionaries, from Augustine of Hippo to Thomas Aquinas, down to Teresa of Calcutta, to give three examples."

Finally, Archbishop Forte asked: "Why is the media so interested in keeping Jesus in its sights?

"Obviously because, in the depths of the West's culture, and not just of the West, Jesus is such a decisive and important point of reference, that everything that affects him affects us."


Another scholar, Father Thomas Rosica, director of the Toronto-based Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, also commented to ZENIT on the documentary, saying that the fact that it has made such an impact leads one to question the professionalism of the media.

He said: "What is most troubling about this recent publicity stunt of Jesus' burial place, and the alleged DNA findings of Jesus and his family, is that the media have spilled so much ink and wasted so much space on utter nonsense."

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Radio Maria From The Marian Library

Francesca Franchina, long time member of the Marianist Family, will be doing a series of Marian broadcasts through the local station for Radio Maria WHJM (FM 88.7) in Anna, Ohio.  Called "Francesca AND Friends: WHY MARY?" the program airs every Wednesday from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM EST focusing on: What in the world is going on about Mary; how to speak with others about Mary; and Mary in Scripture.

On Wednesday, March 6, Francesca Franchina speaks with Bernardo Anson Silj , highly creative author of Carmen Zia, Italian thinker, philosopher, designer, anthropologist, teacher, actor, singer, musician, husband, father and citizen of the world from Rome, Italy about life, the history of civilization and education. Where we have been and where are we going? Bernardo speaks to the watering down of education and historical perspectives in the neglect of teaching of the classics in literature and faith development. He speaks of the many faces of the "Story Gardens" he and his friends are creating in Italian villas and country homes in the "campagna" and cities where students and families, individuals, groups and organizations can visit to discover the riches of Italian and world history, literature, music and art through experiential learning. From Gregorian Chant to Churches through history being the foundation of culture; great appreciation of the created beauty of the world and creative arts and delectable cuisine; discovery and in depth discussions, the question always surfaces: "Why Am I Alive?" Bernardo is on a quest to find answers and help others find them while experiencing places where history happened, and happens..then and now! Bernardo speaks of peace and insists we must know from where we have come to find out where we are going.
Listen, Learn, Ask and PIO [Pass It On]!CALL IN TOLL FREE (during the live show); PARTICIPATE; 1-866-333-6279.

The broadcast may also be heard on-line at [Click on the BVMary photo ... Scroll down to RADIO MARIA USA (English) ... Click on the windows icon or which ever media program you have on your PC.].  The web site also provides access to some previous broadcasts.  We'll keep you informed about future programs.  Encores of each show are broadcast Monday nights from 8:30-9:30 pm EST one week after the original.

Her series, Through The Tummy To The Heart airs every Tuesday except the First Tuesday from 5:00-5:45 PM on RADIO MARIA WHJM and also online. The series encores Saturdays from 3:00 - 3:45 pm.  Tune in 88.7 FM (WHJM) in the northern Archdiocese of Cincinnati and on line at from anywhere in the world. Send email to Francesca with questions, comments, suggestions to Send email while the programs are going on if you cannot get through or if you are listening outside of the USA. CALL IN TOLL FREE; PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.

On Tuesday, March 12, Fran speaks with Father Dwight Campbell of Peoria, IL concerning the meaning of Consecration and Reparation in discussing the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Francesca cooks up good things to think and pray about as well as good things to eat in the "Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord" segment, sharing family favorite recipes. .Learn how to prepare Frito Misto; delicious Italian breaded fried veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower and artichoke hearts.

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Current Exhibit

The Marian Library Gallery will feature a multi-media exhibit on the Litany of Loreto, a traditional prayer to Mary, the mother of Jesus, from Feb. 1 to March 22.  The library's exhibit centers around enlargements of copper engravings created by Josef Sebastian Klauber and accompanied by music from Wolfgang Mozart whose Litaniae Lauretanae was inspired by Klauber's work.  The Gallery is open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday and Sunday.  Call 937-229-4214 for more information.

Creches 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.  We have also posted a display of the Quilts from Saint Simon's in Cincinnati shown during the Christmas 2006 season.

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Alumni Update

Warren Kappeler, former Mary Page web designer and Research Assistant for ML/IMRI, successfully defended his [350 page] Ph.D. thesis, Communication Habits for the Pilgrim Church: Vatican Teaching on Media and Social Communication, at McGill University on February 26.

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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 sites 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.

Radio Maria broadcasts from Milan Italy, heard in 49 countries; WHJM broadcasts out of Louisiana across USA, including FF 88.7, an affiliate station in Anna, Ohio (north of Dayton) which airs regular Marian talks from UD's Marian Library every Wednesday at 11:30 am EST.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Spring 2007 semester commenced on February 19.  The course schedule for the Spring 2007 semester is now available.

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During the season of Lent. Dr. Virginia M. Kimball will be providing us with a daily poetic meditation on Mary.  Those published on The Mary Page this past week were: Mother of Mothers; The Baptism; Wedding Feast of Cana; Proclamation of the Kingdom; and The Transfiguration. Stay tuned for more!

We have updated our doctrinal material on The Immaculate Conception and The Assumption.

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European and Asian University Students to Meet Pope
Vatican City (VIS), March 1, 2007

In the Paul VI Hall on the afternoon of Saturday, March 10, the Holy Father will preside at a Marian prayer vigil marking the fifth European Day for Universities. The theme of the vigil is: "Intellectual charity, the way to renewed cooperation between Europe and Asia."

The event will begin at 3.30 p.m. with the entrance of the university students' cross accompanied by delegations from Asia. Then, following a period of reflection and prayer, there will be satellite linkups with university students in various European and Asian cities.

With the arrival of the Pope, scheduled for 5 p.m., the recitation of the Rosary will begin, with the contemplation of the Glorious Mysteries. In further linkups local ordinaries--cardinals and bishops--will recite brief introductory prayers to each of the Mysteries: Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, archbishop of Bologna, Italy; Archbishop Lukas Sirkar S.D.B., of Calcutta, India; Bishop Albino Mamede Cleto of Coimbra, Portugal; Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow, Poland; Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun S.D.B., bishop of Hong Kong, China; Bishop Terence John Brain of Salford, England; Cardinal Gaudencio B. Rosales, archbishop of Manila, Philippines; Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, archbishop of Prague, Czech Republic; Archbishop Rrok K. Mirdita of Tirana, Albania; Cardinal Severino Poletto, archbishop of Turin, Italy; and Bishop Anthony T. Lobo of Islamabad, Pakistan.

Following the Rosary, Benedict XVI will address some words to the participants, before distributing copies of the Apostolic Exhortation "Ecclesia in Asia" to a group of representatives from ecclesial movements and associations, and imparting his apostolic blessing. The Day will conclude with the pilgrimage of the cross from the Paul VI Hall to LUMSA University (Libera Universita Maria Santissima Assunta) near St. Peter's.

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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.

Documentary Claims to Find Jesus' Tomb
Source: AP (New York), March 1, 2007

"The Lost Tomb of Jesus" ends on a portentous if melodramatic note.

By this point, the sought-after tomb had been located, entered and confirmed as the possible earthly resting place for Jesus Christ and his family. But within hours, authorities demanded that its cave-like entrance--on the grounds of a Jerusalem apartment complex built over it a quarter-century ago--be resealed.

A welder's torch flares in the night as the narrator intones, "The tomb that arguably once held the remains of Mary, the mother of Jesus; Matthew, from Mary's family line; Yose and James, the brothers of Jesus; Mary Magdalene; her husband, Jesus; and Judah, their son, is sealed up again.

"Who knows what secrets are still inside?" the narrator goes on. "And for how long they will be kept hidden under the Talpiot Apartments?"

Lots of questions are raised and answered, however speculatively, in "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," an intriguing documentary that premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel. (A companion book, "The Jesus Family Tomb," has been published by HarperSanFrancisco.)

This sort of inquiry upsets many Christians, for whom Jesus' ascension to heaven following his crucifixion is a fundamental tenet of their faith. Does the claim that Jesus even had an ossuary--a limestone bone box--contradict the Christian belief of his resurrection?

Such a concern is addressed early in "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" by John Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus of religious studies at DePaul University, who says, "Would that destroy Christian faith? It certainly would not destroy MY Christian faith. I leave what happens to the body up to God."

Meanwhile, the film hears from a contrarian, David Mevorah, curator of the Israel Museum, cautioning that any theory that "this tomb was a tomb of the family of Jesus is a farfetched suggestion, and we need to be very careful with that."

(A full-out debate on the film's assertions will follow its airing at 11 p.m. Ted Koppel, who is managing editor of Discovery Channel with no connection to the film's production, will moderate a panel versed in archaeology, theology, Biblical research and other related disciplines.)

Already "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" has seized the public's attention. In New York earlier this week, a news conference was held by its director, Toronto filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici, and its producer, James Cameron, (an Oscar-winner for "Titanic"), who unveiled the two ossuaries they said may have held the remains of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

Their film argues that 10 ossuaries discovered in 1980, during excavation for apartments in a Jerusalem suburb, may have contained the bones of Jesus and his family.

Moreover, the film says, the presence in this family tomb of an ossuary that seems to contain the bones of Mary Magdalene--who was not a blood relative--suggests she and Jesus were married. And another of the boxes bearing the inscription "Judah son of Jesus" hints that Jesus had a son.

Currently, the ossuaries do not contain any bones, which were reburied after their discovery, as is standard practice with archaeological finds in Israel. But DNA evidence collected from the boxes becomes part of Jacobovici's investigative process as the film unfolds.

(The ossuaries, which became custody of the Israel Antiquities Authority, had been placed on shelves in a giant warehouse ... and ignored for a quarter-century, the film notes with some bemusement.)

Despite making claims some viewers may find outrageous, or worse, "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" plays out as a fascinating detective yarn, with Jacobovici a dogged though respectful Sherlock Holmes.

Taking his inquiry step-by-step, he gives even the most devout viewer food for thought, while the less informed may find their jaws dropping: Jesus had brothers?! And sisters?!

The film takes on two tasks: Building a definitive case (which it doesn't quite do) and raising issues the average viewer may never have even considered.

"People are reluctant to think that you could come upon the Jesus family tomb," says James Tabor, a University of North Carolina professor of religious studies, "and yet Caiphas, the priest who had Jesus crucified, his tomb was found by a bulldozer south of Jerusalem a few years ago."

Interlacing Jacobovici's journey are historical re-enactments that help humanize what, at times, ventures close to a wonkish excess of Aramaic script, mitochondrial DNA analysis, forensics, statistical theory, and other scholarship.

Indeed, "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" begins with a glimpse of Jesus on the cross, then offers an alternative scenario to the one most Christians embrace: that, following Jesus' crucifixion, his disciples secretly took his body from the tomb that just days later would be found empty, for permanent burial in his family's tomb.

By the end, the documentary may have fallen short of its pledge to "exclusively reveal what might be the greatest archaeological find in history."

But it's a great story told illuminatingly--and maybe all the more worthwhile as a story some people just don't want to hear.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of March with Mary:

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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Marian Events

Sacred Sounds--Sing to the Lord: The Psalms Through the Ages

The Program Committee of the UD Library Advancement Association has been busy planning a follow-up to the very successful Sacred Places programs of 2005. On March 11 and 18, 2007, Sacred Sounds--Sing to the Lord: the Psalms through the Ages will take place in the UD Libraries and partnering venues. The two-afternoon events will include lectures, musical demonstrations, and participatory singing focusing on the Book of Psalms. Traditions and styles from ancient Hebrew roots to present practices will be explained and performed.

Programs will take place in the UD Chapel on March 11th and the South Park United Methodist Church on March 18th.

To tie in with our Roesch and Marian Library collections, programs will conclude in the libraries with tours of exhibits and refreshments. Exhibits will include musical instruments from the George Zimmerman collection and scores and related items from the Roesch and Marian Library music collections. Visitors wishing to peruse the Roesch Library music collections will be directed to the 6th floor.

Complete information and registration form is available on the LAA event web page:

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