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Radio Maria From The Marian Library

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed., a 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 is going on in the world about Mary, how to speak with others about Mary, and Mary in Scripture.

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.  An encore of each show is broadcast Monday night from 8:30-9:30 pm EST one week after the original.

On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 Francesca Franchina speaks with long time volunteer Carol Hughes of Dayton, Ohio and Fran Tucker Development Director at St. Paul's Archbishop Leibold Home for the Aged maintained by the Little Sisters of the Poor in Cincinnati about Foundress Jeane Jugan and the ministry of caring for the elderly poor throughout the world. Born in Brittany, Blessed Jeanne Jugan toured the streets, begging even the smallest fragments from all who could be induced to give to feed the elderly that she took in, the blind, the sick and the destitute within two rooms. Formerly a domestic employee and a nurse, encountering great poverty and profound misery herself, at forty-seven years old, she and a friend rented two rooms and began taking in others who had great need. As one man said, "she had a gift for speech, a grace in asking ... she collected by praising God, you might say."

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 at 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, May 29, 2007, Francesca Franchina continues teaching on Evangelization and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, sharing faith through our everyday conversations and experiences including the importance of knowing our faith in order to be able to share it. Today's conversation includes discussion of the Holy Spirit and Pentecost, praying for the gifts of Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding and the benefits of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament recently written by Pope Benedict XVI; the benefits of learning our faith and sharing information about the Holy Eucharist through research in the New Catholic Catechism and its relationship to the devotion and theology of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Francesca shares her favorite Italian cookie recipe for Pastini Di Mandorla (Almond Cookies).

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Current Exhibit

A celebration of Mary as mother with the Child Jesus will be featured in a special exhibit of original icon-style paintings by artist Christine Granger at the University of Dayton's Marian Library April 1 through June 15.  About 30 icons, many featured in Granger's 1996 best-selling book Mary, Mother of My Lord and the 2006 follow-up Mother and Child, will be on display along with poetry and prayers about mothers and children, in particular, Mary and Jesus.

Granger grew up in Toronto and has been painting icons, images representing a significant holy being or object, since 1980. She is internationally acclaimed and her icons can be found in many private and public collections, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization. In 1998 The Marian Library hosted an exhibit of her work called Icons of Mary.

The Marian Library is a part of the international center for study and research on Mary, located on the seventh floor of the Roesch Library, just off Stewart Street, on the University of Dayton's campus. It is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday by appointment. There is no cost. Call 937-229-4214 for further details. Click here to see a virtual exhibit.

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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 articles from The Mary Page. Please visit these sites in return.  We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.

Radio Maria broadcasts from Milan Italy, heard in 49 countries; WHJM broadcasts out of Louisiana across USA, including FM 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 Summer 2007 semester will commence on June 18.  The Summer course schedule is now available.

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We have posted material on Marian Shrines in Argentina as well as our answer to a reader's question about Mary and the "thunder candle."  We have also updated the Marian Sayings of Benedict XVI through April 29, 2007.

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On Mary's Month
Regina Coeli Address

Vatican City (Zenit), May 6, 2007

The month of May began several days ago. For many Christian communities this is the Marian month par excellence. As such, in the course of the centuries it has become one of the peoples' dearest devotions and has been valued by pastors as a propitious occasion for preaching, catechesis and community prayer. After the Second Vatican Council, which emphasized the role of Mary most holy in the Church and in salvation history, Marian devotion underwent a profound renewal. And the month of May, coinciding at least in part with the Easter season, is quite propitious for illustrating the figure of Mary as the Mother who accompanies the community of disciples united in prayer in expectation of the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 1:12-14). Consequently, this month can be an occasion to return to the faith of the primitive Church and, in union with Mary, understand that our mission even today is to proclaim and bear witness with courage and joy to Christ crucified and risen, the hope of humanity. I would like to entrust to the Holy Virgin, Mother of the Church, my apostolic voyage to Brazil March 9-14.


Dear brothers and sisters, I invite you to pray to Mary most holy for this apostolic pilgrimage and, in particular, for the 5th General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean, so that all the Christians of those regions may see themselves as disciples and missionaries of Christ, the way, the truth and the life.

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The director and editors of The 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.

Parents of Missing British Girl Meet Pope
Source: Agence France Press-English, May 30, 2007

The parents of Madeleine McCann, the British girl who disappeared in Portugal nearly a month ago, had an emotional meeting Wednesday with Pope Benedict XVI, who said he would pray for their daughter's return.

The pope spent several minutes talking with Gerry and Kate McCann--both devout Roman Catholics--following his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square.

During the meeting, the pontiff placed his hand on a photograph of four-year-old Madeleine that Kate McCann had carried with her.

The McCanns, both dressed in black, were visibly moved by their meeting with Pope Benedict, although Gerry confessed afterwards to mixed emotions.

"It was more personal than I could ever imagine it could have been ... and his touch, words and thoughts were more tender than we could have hoped and that will help sustain us," he told reporters.

"In ordinary circumstances of course it would be the highlight of any Catholic to come and meet the pope. Of course, it is saddened with the very marked realization that our daughter is still missing," he said.

Madeleine went missing from Portugal's southern Algarve holiday resort of Praia de Luz on May 3.

She is believed to have been abducted as she slept with her two-year-old twin brother and sister in a hotel apartment at the Ocean Club Resort while her parents dined at a nearby restaurant.

Kate McCann said the pope had some comforting words for them both.

"He said he would pray for us and our family and that he would continue to pray for Madeleine's safe return," she said. "It was very emotional, but it was a very positive experience really. It has been very important to us."

The McCanns, who were set to return to southern Portugal later Wednesday, are also planning to travel to Madrid on Friday and to Berlin on June 4 to mobilize the media and missing children groups there to help find their daughter.

Investigators think there is a possibility the girl may have been taken out of Portugal to another European country.

Portuguese police have said they are looking for a white man of medium build, measuring 1.70 metres (five feet seven inches) and aged between 35 and 40, who was seen in the Praia da Luz area around the time Maddie disappeared.

"We're still in the middle of a race and we do not know how long it is going to be," Gerry McCann said of the search for his daughter.

"We have had tremendous strength from the outpouring of goodwill from all over the world ... And we know that many people, both here and elsewhere, are praying for our daughter and that helps sustain our belief that we can get her back safely," he added.

Last week, the McCanns visited a grotto near the town of Fatima, 130 kilometres (80 miles) north of Lisbon--a revered Catholic shrine where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared to three cousins in 1917.

Late pope John Paul II had claimed that the Virgin of Fatima saved his life after he was shot and wounded by a Turkish gunman in Saint Peter's Square in 1981.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of May with Mary:

The 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 May.

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Marian Events

Festa San Antonio honoring the Christ Child and Saint Anthony of Padua

Date: June 12/13, 2007

Place: University of Dayton Immaculate Conception Chapel (Dayton, Ohio)

For more information, phone Francesca Franchina at 937-901-4475 or email her at

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