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We have received a number of emails from readers commending our Mary Page website.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following comment is a typical example:

I participate in the Legion of Mary in Brazil, came across your site, and was very impressed.  I would like to congratulate you for such  excellent work disseminating material about our wonderful Lady. ... God bless you and thank you for offering us such a beautiful site.


Mary in Books, Films and Music

Magnificat 2008: Fourth International Catholic Festival of Christian Films and TV Programs

The International Catholic Festival of Christian Films and TV programs Magnificat 2008 screens the works of international and Belarusian masters in cinema and TV aimed at evangelization of the society and support of human values, created in various Christian traditions. Click into the Signis website for more information.

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, March 19, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with Deacon Ed Pratt, Seminarian in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati about life as a seminarian and as a deacon preparing to receive Holy Orders in 2008, focusing on the importance of family and the influence of prayer and past life experiences in his decision to become a priest to serve God and people of all ages in all situations especially in important moments of life.

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, March 18, 2008, Francesca Franchina continues the series on the meaning and timing of various kinds of prayer focusing on the Shroud of Turin and the Holy Hour of the Shroud of Turin, The Triduum, Holy Week, and the Easter Masses specifically the Easter Vigil and shares favorite meatless recipes for Lasagna Florentine Rollatini (Roll Ups) and Pasta Fagioli.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Mary's House in Ephesus (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Guided by the visions of the nineteenth-century German mystic, Augustinian nun Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, two priests set out to locate the house where Mary lived with Saint John, the Beloved Disciple, in Ephesus (in present-day Turkey).  For, at the time of his death on Calvary, Jesus entrusted her to the care of John.  Near Ephesus in 1891, the priests found what they thought was the site of Mary's house at the ruins of an old chapel.  Archeologists later discovered a first-century house at that location.  One tradition holds that Mary passed to eternity at Ephesus; but another recognizes Jerusalem as the place of her Dormition.  The Ephesus shrine has become a place of pilgrimage.  Pope Benedict XVI and his predecessor, John Paul II, made pilgrim visits to the shrine.

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Current Exhibit

When Words Become Pictures: Our Lady Calligraphed

The Marian Library gallery is showing the works of Dayton Artist, Ann Bain, from January 15 to March 30, 2008. Click here for virtual exhibit.

Visit also our year-long Creche exhibit featuring paper nativities of Bill and Annie Baker and works of Malaika Favorite.

The Marian Library Gallery is located on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  Free and open to the public, hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or by appointment.  Call 937-229-4214 or 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 Summer 2008 semester are scheduled to commence on June 16, 2008.  The course schedule is available online.

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We have updated Marian Shrine at Murree (Pakistan), What is the Anglican Rosary?, What About Saint Joseph?, and the Marian News in Korean (through March 17, 2008).

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Confession Uptick at Fatima Shrine
Source: Zenit (Fatima, Portugal), March 5, 2008

The shrine of Fatima is becoming more and more a place to find the mercy of God, says the chaplain of the Marian pilgrimage site.

Father Clemente Dotti said this to the Portuguese news agency Ecclesia on Monday when reporting that in 2007, almost ten-thousand more confessions were heard compared to the previous year.

The chaplain explained that the pastoral program of the shrine focused on the merciful love of God in 2007, and with that "we had the opportunity to show how the Mother knew to guide her children to find the mercy of God in the sacrament of reconciliation."

According to the shrine, 199,333 people confessed there in 2007--9,016 more than in 2006. Of these, 34,653 confessed in a language other than Portuguese--1,049 more than the previous year.

Father Dotti said 190 priests heard confessions at the shrine in 2007.

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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.

Greatest Story Ever Told Again
Source: The Times (London), March 17, 2008

When George Stevens asked Charlton Heston to play the lead in The Greatest Story Ever Told, he checked with his agent exactly which lead. It was John the Baptist. "Trust me," said Heston, "in a movie called The Greatest Story Ever Told, the star is not going to be John the Baptist." I wonder what Heston would make of the current Radio Times cover advertising The Passion (BBC One, Sunday)? Here James Nesbitt, all armored up as Pontius Pilate, shoulders his way to the front of the shot ahead of Ben Daniels as the priest Caiaphas and Joseph Mawles as, well, Jesus. "Yes," you can imagine the editor telling her art director, "Jesus is a big name, but Jimmy Nesbitt's a bigger one."

As in The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Passion jostles with well-known names, including Paul Nicholls in the David McCallum role (Judas) and Penelope Wilton in Dorothy McGuire's (the Virgin Mary). Once you get past his accent, Nesbitt is clearly going to be a better Pilate than Telly Savalas (wouldn't anyone?). Sadly, the story starts too late to include a John the Baptist, but at least it begins earlier than Mel Gibson's The Passion the of Christ, which means the donkey gets what G.K. Chesterton called his "one far fierce hour and sweet."

The virtue of Nigel Stafford-Clark's Passion is that it looks historically real but not historic: no one knows, aside presumably from Jesus, that this will be the week that changes the West for ever. The crowds are in Jerusalem for the Passover and it is a busy time with money to be changed, taxes to be levied and the odd murder to be investigated. The last thing Pilate or Caiaphas wants is a mystic coming into town knowing which buttons to press to get a rise from everyone. At this stage, my sympathies are with the ruling classes rather than the conjuror with an answer to everything.

The downside was that episode one was a bit of a history lesson. Frank Deasy's script had Pilate tell his colleagues what they must already know: "Tiberius wants a peaceful Judaea so that the riches of Syria can pass safely through on the way to Rome." There were some nice touches, such as having a dwarf ask Jesus the question that gets the "render unto Caesar what is Caesar's answer," but there were some Life of Brian scenes too, as when a disciple told JC, "Your mother's here" and Christ slinks out for an ear-battering.

There was also the Jesus problem, the one Max von Sydow failed to crack in The Greatest Story. Joseph Mawle, the hard-of-hearing actor from Soundproof, plays him as meek, mild and hangdog, as self-questioning as Hamlet. That had to be wrong. If He did not believe one-hundred per cent He was right, how could He have persuaded everyone else? I longed for the panache of Dennis Potter, who took a grip of this story in his 1969 Play for Today: Son of Man and made Jesus a political revolutionary.

But the proof of the Passion will undoubtedly be its crucifixion scene. With any luck it will not remind us of John Wayne's moment as a centurion at the foot of the cross in the George Stevens' movie. He had to say "Truly, He is the son of God." Stevens suggested that he say it again with awe. Wayne paused and looked upwards: "Aw, truly He is the son of God."

Gavin and Stacey, back for its second series on BBC Three, continues to pose the kind of billing question Heston had: who are the real stars of this thing? The pair were back from their honeymoon in Greece. It was "nice." But who wanted to hear about that, when Stacey's friend Nessa still hadn't told Gavin's friend Smithy that she had his bun in her capacious oven? Mathew Horne and Joanna Page play the nominal leads with such Christ-like modesty that one feels vaguely aggrieved on their behalf that the best lines are written for Smithy and Nessa by the very actors who play them.

Mind you, James Corden and Ruth Jones came up with some crackers as they elaborated further on Nessa's extensive "past." It turned out Nessa had driven the lorries for The Who's world tour. "Until I found out some things about Pete Townshend I didn't like. All I'll say--and I said it to his face--is where's the book?" This comedy is less mild than it looks and even funnier than I remembered.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of March 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 March.

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Marian Events

Symposium Sponsored by The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute

Title: Mary in the Life of the Parish

Date: July 21-23, 2008

A compelling Symposium for Priests and Pastoral Ministers will be held at The University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio (overnight accommodations on campus).  Topics will include Catechesis, Liturgy, Outreach, Shrines, Apparitions, and Devotions. The program will include a concert of contemporary and traditional music, a banquet, and fellowship with parishes from across the Midwest.

For more information please email Father Francois Rossier, S.M. at or phone him or Michelle Foley at 937-229-4214 or click here.

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