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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Fourth Secret of Fatima?

On November 22, 2006, Antonio Soccis Il Quarto Segreto di Fatima (The Fourth Secret of Fatima), hit bookstores in Italy. The author, after much investigation, comes to the conclusion that the Vatican has not formally released the entire Third Secret.

The importance of this book cannot be overemphasized. Mr. Socci is a famous, mainstream Italian author and TV anchor man, not associated with any "traditionalist" group. In fact, he began the project firmly believing that the Vatican had released the entire Secret on June 26, 2000. Yet, the more he investigated, the more he became convinced that the entire Secret was not revealed.

The above comments were taken from which includes additional comments from John Vennari. To see our earlier comments on the issue, click into: No More Fatima Secrets.

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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.

On Wednesday, April 2, 2008, Francesca Franchina discusses the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ and The Blessed Mother's life and prayer in The Upper Room (Cenacle) with the Apostles, Disciples and Holy Women, as dictated by the Blessed Virgin Mary and written by Mary of Agreda in City of God: The Divine History and Life of The Virgin Mother of God; translated from the original Spanish by Fiscar Marison (Rev. Geo J. Blatter). This is part of a continuing series on the four volumes of City of God.

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, April 8 Francesca will continue her discussion on Saint Faustina, a Polish sister, and the Mercy messages, prayer chaplet and novena as dictated to her in the 1930's by our Jesus of Mercy.

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Alumni Update

Fathers Antonio Larocca and Javier Alson plan to arrive in Dayton on Friday, April 4, 2008.

Also, Deacon Peter W. Gittens, an IMRI graduate, sent the following information about his current position.  We are expecting an update on this soon.

Deacon Peter W. Gittens, Ph.D., S.T.D.
Chair, Department of Philosophy and History
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology
Faculty Senate President
Our Lady of Holy Cross College
4123 Woodland Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131-7399
Office: (504) 398-2142


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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Architectural Tributes to Mary (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

In the span of time between 1140 and 1880 A.D., more than eighty cathedrals and large churches were built in honor of Mary in France alone.  Many of them are classic masterpieces and marvels of architecture.

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Next Exhibit!

The Hidden Life of Our Lady, Mary in the Apocryphals

The Marian Library gallery will show the mixed media works of the Jim and Celeste Lauritsen from April until June 27, 2008.  From their Tree of Life Studios, the couple works as artists, educators, and craft professionals, drawing upon their faith for inspiration.  Jim works in stone and wood, while Celeste uses the softer medium of fabric to convey life's journey.

Visit also our year-long Crche 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 The Painting of a Prayer [about Millet's Angelus]; Rupert of Deutz' Beloved Statue of Mary; and The Hail Mary in Various Languages.  Also, to commemorate the anniversary of the death of John Paul II (d. April 2, 2005), we are reposting A Pope for Mary.

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Via Crucis 2008, Colosseum
Meditations and Prayers by the Bishop of Hong Kong
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), March 20, 2008


The mother of Jesus and the beloved disciple at the foot of the Cross

V. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.

R. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (19:25-27)

Standing by the Cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.


Jesus is not thinking of himself even in that moment of supreme suffering: he thinks of his Mother and he thinks of us. Does he first of all entrust his Mother to the disciple, as Saint John seems to suggest, or does he rather entrust the disciple to his Mother?

Be that as it may, for the disciple Mary will always be the Mother entrusted to him by his dying Master, and for Mary the disciple will always be the son entrusted to her by her dying Son; she will remain spiritually close to him, especially at the hour of death. Alongside all dying martyrs, then, she, their Mother, will always be standing at the foot of their cross, supporting them.


Jesus and Mary, you shared suffering even to the end: Jesus on the Cross, and Mary at the foot of the Cross. A spear pierced the Saviour's side and a sword penetrated the heart of the Virgin Mother.

In truth, it is we through our sins who have caused such suffering.

Accept the repentance of us all, since through our weakness we have always been exposed to the risk of betraying, denying and deserting.

Accept the homage of faithfulness from all those who have followed the example of Saint John, who remained courageously at the foot of the Cross.

Jesus and Mary, I give you my heart and my soul. Jesus and Mary, help me in my final agony. Jesus and Mary, may my last breath be at peace with you.


Pater noster, qui es in caelis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in clo, et in terra.

Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a malo.

Fac me vere tecum flere,
Crucifixo condolere,
donec ego vixero.


Jesus is taken down from the Cross and placed in the tomb

V. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (15:46)

Joseph of Arimathea bought a linen shroud, and taking the body of Jesus down from the Cross, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.


Jesus chose not to come down alive from the Cross, but to rise from the tomb. True death, true silence, the Word of Life will be silent for three days.

Let us imagine the shock experienced by our first parents upon seeing the lifeless body of Abel, the first victim of death.

Let us think of Mary's sorrow, as she embraces the body of Jesus, now reduced to a heap of wounds, more a worm than a man, no longer capable of returning his Mother's loving gaze. Now she must consign him to the cold stones of the tomb, after hastily washing him and laying him out. It only remains now to wait. How interminable that wait seems, until the third day.


Lord, the three days seem so long to us. Our stronger brethren grow weary, our weaker brethren gradually sink lower and lower, while the arrogant hold their heads high. Give perseverance to the strong, Lord, rouse the weak, and lead the hearts of all to conversion.

Are we right to be in a hurry, to want to see the victory of the Church straight away? Does our victory not consist rather in our eagerness to see it? Lord, grant us the perseverance to stand alongside the Church of silence and to accept that we will disappear and die like the grain of wheat.

Help us always to be mindful of your words, Lord: "Do not be afraid! I have overcome the world. I shall never fail you. I am with you always, until the end of the world."

Lord, increase our faith!


Pater noster, qui es in caelis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in clo, et in terra.

Quando corpus morietur,
fac ut animae donetur
paradisi gloria. Amen.

The Holy Father spoke to those present.  At the close of his address, the Holy Father imparted his Apostolic Blessing.

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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.

The Tolerant Face of Islam
Source: The Irish Times, March 25, 2008

Michael Jansen gives an interesting description of the opening of the first Catholic church in Qatar, under the title "Strict Islamic state allows Catholic church to open" (World News, March 17).

As someone who lived in Qatar, I would substitute the word "devout" for "strict." I found Qataris to be tolerant and laid-back, and I was surprised to read that they are adherents of the Wahhabi sect--that rigid form of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia.

Qatar enjoys a generous form of welfare with beautiful housing and strict control of food prices. In contrast to Saudi Arabia, non-Muslim expatriates are entitled to a generous ration of alcohol, and jewelry shops display gold crosses, medallions and pendants of Christ and the Virgin Mary.

The report refers to churches in Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman and to places of worship for Hindus and Sikhs in the United Arab Emirates. It should also be recognized that the magnificent Catholic, Anglican and Greek Orthodox churches in Kuwait were all built at state expense.

When the oil started to flow in Abu Dhabi in the 1960s, the late Sheik Zaqbut not only built a Catholic church but also requested that he should attend the opening ceremony.

Given that there is a lot of misunderstanding about Islam, I feel that Muslim (and Arab) tolerance should be acknowledged wherever it occurs.

Yours, etc, DAN O'DOWD, The Berries, Athlone, Co Westmeath.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of April 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 April.

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Marian Events

Chartres and Theology

Location: University of Dayton (HM351)

Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

For UD's next faculty colloquium, Professor John Inglis of the Philosophy Department will give a presentation on Chartres and Theology.

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