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TV Maria, the only national television network of the Catholic Church in the Philippines, will soon have its own channel on Sky Cable, according to Fr. James Reuter, S.J., director of National Office of Mass Media.

Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop of Manila, will bless production studio of TV Maria, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, December 8, at 9.30 am on the corner of Quirino Avenue and Jesus Street. It will mark the official launching of TV Maria, which has been on the air since January 1, 2006 under the Dream Satellite. TV Maria’s programs are now being carried over three hundred cable networks in the country including Destiny Cable. It is also seen and heard in the United States, Canada, and the Middle East.

The objective of TV Maria is to bring the Word of God, in all its beauty to Filipino people wherever they are, said Fr. Reuter. "Media is the cutting edge of evangelization, in our day. It is the pulpit of our modern-world," he said.

Behind TV Maria operations are Auxiliary Bishop Bernardino C. Cortez of Manila, president; Fr. James Reuter, vice-president; Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio Director & Finance Officer and Fr. Joselito L. Buenafe, Assistant Director. For more information, click into

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.

On Wednesday, December 12, 2007, Francesca Franchina dialogues with Jack Davis about Mary and The Incarnation focusing on the nine days of heavenly preparation of the Blessed Mother leading to the Birth of Jesus as given in the writings of Mary of Agreda in Mystical City of God, the biographical four volumes dictated by the Blessed Mother. This is Part I of a Two Part Series on the Incarnation of our Messiah, Jesus Christ. Part II airs December 19th.

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 whichever 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.

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, December 11, 2007, Francesca Franchina shares parts of her talk given to attendees at St Henry's Prayer Breakfast on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, Our Lady of the Second Advent. Continuing the discussion of our Blessed Mother and Intercessory Prayer, Prayer of Reparation, Prayer Language of the Holy Spirit, Prayer of Thanksgiving and Adoration. Francesca will share Advent customs and her recipes for Advent and Christmas and Santa Lucia, December 12. Saint Lucy is the patron of the eyes. Find out what the people of Termini Imerese, Sicilia, Francesca's family village of deep-sea fishermen and their relatives all over the world still eat and do on the Feast of Santa Lucia! (Rice and Meatless Sauce, Stuffed Green Peppers with Buttered Rice and Sheared Eggs, Vegetable Frittatas; Fried Chick Peas and Winter Wheat). AIRS EVERY TUESDAY BUT THE FIRST TUESDAY.

Fran has informed us about a new program on Radio Maria. Thy Kingdom Come will air on Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 pm EST (2-3 Central Time).

Father Ed Wade CC (Companion of the Cross) Associate Director of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston Texas, Founding Member and First Director of the Fraternity of Priests headquartered in Steubenville, Ohio hosts a weekly hour program on Radio Maria addressing the fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit and Marian Teaching in the Roman Catholic Church. Father Ed shares how people of all ages are experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit and utilizing the gifts of the Holy Spirit in personal and Church ministries and how lapsed Catholics are returning to the faith in great numbers and being empowered with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Informative and inspiring teachings, lively discussion, engaging talk and more!

Father Ed Wade CC was born in Pennsylvania; Former US Marine; attended Saint Francis Seminary and participated in the M. Div program. Ordained in 1972 for the diocese of Camden, New Jersey where he was a parish priest for seven years. He was released from Archdiocesan parish ministry in 1979 to work full time in evangelization giving parish missions and speaking at Catholic Charismatic Conferences at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Gibraltar, Germany, England, Wales, Scotland, Prague, Ireland, Canada and the USA.

Father Ed also worked at the University of Steubenville in student life and evangelization and spent three years in Belfast, North Ireland working with an ecumenical community for reconciliation. He joined the Companions of the Cross Community in 1993. His mission is Marian, magisterial, eucharistic and charismatic evangelization. Father Ed is the Associate Director of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, Texas, the largest Catholic Charismatic Center in the World built at the request of the Bishop of Houston. Marsha Morthland Radio Maria Presenter (Family Spirit Alive! Mondays 11:30-12:30 PM EST) also teaches at the CCC. Radio Maria also broadcasts Hispanic programming in Spanish at the Center to the Houston, Texas area.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Mary's Message to Juan Diego (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

"Let not your heart be disturbed.  Do not fear sickness or any other anguish.  Am I not here, who am your Mother?  Are you not under my protection?  Am I not your health?  Are you not happily within my fold?  What else do you wish?  Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything."

Our Lady of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego (1531).

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Current Exhibit!

Christmas Variations

The Marian Library gallery is showcasing the works of Malaika Favorite in the Marian Library lounge. Click here for a virtual exhibit.

Twenty-four wonderful Christmas cards per box available

During the Christmas season, the Marian Library will be sponsoring a show of twenty-four works of art from the Pontifical Institute, Holy Childhood Association.  These works were chosen from 10,000 entries!  The Association sent us lots of cards in the hopes that we would sell them at $10 per box of twenty-four.  They are large, fine quality cards! All funds will be sent to the Association--a mission society for the care of children.

To see what they look like click into
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For more information contact Sister M. Jean Frisk at 937-229-4254.

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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 forty-nine 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 Fall 2007 semester concluded on November 9.

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We have posted our answers to the following reader questions: What do you know about "Our Lady of the Clouds"?; Are there any Marian titles related to water?; and Is there a Carthusian Rosary?  We have updated our French material on La Page de Marie, especially Figures Mariales de l'Ancien Testament.  We have also updated our Spanish material, adding a prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe.  We are in the process of creating a Korean-language page of material provided by Sophia Choi.  We have also updated our list of Pastoral Marian Organizations in the USA, and our list of videos available at The Marian Library.

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Pope Highlights Mary as Solemnity Nears
Source: Vatican City (Zenit), December 5, 2007

Benedict XVI presented to youth the Immaculate Virgin Mary as a guide on one's journey in life.

Before taking leave of those assembled in Paul VI Hall for the general audience, the Pope addressed a particular greeting to the youth, the sick and the newly married, in anticipation of the Dec. 8 solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

"May she guide you, dear young people, on your path of adherence to Christ," said the Pope.

Speaking afterward to the "dear sick people," some in wheelchairs, he wished that Mary might "be a support in suffering and sustain in you a renewed hope."

Finally, the Holy Father greeted the newlyweds present, some of whom came dressed in their wedding attire, and expressed his desire that they look to Mary to help them "discover more and more the love of Christ."

On Friday, Benedict XVI will preside over the traditional tribute to Mary on the eve of the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in the Piazza di Spagna at 4 p.m.

That same day, the jubilee year marking the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of the Immaculate Virgin Mary to Bernadette Soubirous will begin in the French town.

Volunteers to Launch Lourdes Jubilee
Marks 150th Anniversary of Apparitions

Source: Lourdes, France (Zenit), December 5, 2007

Volunteers from the world over will converge on Lourdes to open up the Jubilee year celebrating the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the French town.

Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the agency which coordinates and promotes the world's Catholic institutions of assistance and volunteering, will preside Friday at the Mass in the Church of St. Pius X.

The jubilee officially opens Saturday, Dec. 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and will conclude on the same day in 2008.

Organizers of the jubilee year have organized 12 missions, one for each month of the year, organized around themes such as volunteerism, Mary, the sick, youth and peace. They estimate some 8 million people will visit the city in the Pyrenees this year.

An estimated 3,500 people will participate in the first mission titled "The Church in Mission With Its Volunteers in the Service of Others."

On Dec. 8, Cardinal Cordes will give a speech in the plenary session of the encounter about the encyclical "Deus Caritas Est" and volunteering.

The council explained in a press statement that the cardinal's message will be along the same lines of the address Benedict XVI gave Saturday to the forum Catholic nongovernmental organizations, held in the Vatican.

The Pope encouraged the associations to find practical and efficacious ways of living "the great creativity concerning man's innate dignity and the rights which are derived from that dignity."

Cardinal Cordes would like this message to resound within "the world of volunteering which for the last century and a half has accompanied and shared the life of the sick in Lourdes."

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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.

Strength of Faith
Source: Campus News Digest (University of Dayton), December 4, 2007

With bowed heads and hands tightly clasped, students prayed in the Immaculate Conception Chapel last Tuesday, commemorating the Marianist martyrs of Madrid.

The prayer service reflected on the lives of Father Miguel Leibar Garay, S.M., and Marianist Brothers Sabino Ayastuy Errasti, Joaquin Ochoas Salazar and Florencio Arnaiz Cejudo, four of thousands slaughtered by anti-religious revolutionaries during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. On Oct. 28, the Catholic Church beatified the four Marianists along with 494 other Christians martyred during the war.

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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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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of December 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 December.

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Marian Events

Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes sponsored by The Association for the Arch of Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Date: March 23-April 3, 2008

Topic: Join the first pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes sponsored by The Association for the Arch of Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, March 24 - April 3, 2008! In these remarkable times as we approach the promised Triumph and the era of world peace to follow, we must more than ever turn our hearts toward our Heavenly Queen and the Sacred Heart of her Divine Son, for guidance and inspiration for our lives and for the leaders of our world.

For more information call toll free 1-877-627-4268 or click into [requires Adobe Acrobat reader].

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