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July 20, 1999

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Pope John Paul II's Recent Words on Mary
Fatima Children and Juan Diego
St. Mary Major to Open Holy Door
Marian Clipart
Youth 2000
Ann and Joachim
The Mary Anne Foundation

Children Learn to Promote Peace
A National Rosary Crusade
Are You Interested in a Madonna Tapestry?

Pope John Paul II's Recent Words on Mary

Fatima Children and Juan Diego

On June 30, 1999, the ZENIT news service reported that the postulator of Juan Diego's cause for canonization, Jesuit Paulo Molinari, has suggested that the Indian visionary of Our Lady of Guadalupe could be canonized in the year 2000. He also revealed that the miracle attributed to Juan Diego, the cure of a youth who attempted suicide by jumping from a high place, was certified by the medical commission. The youth's cure was total, not only of the mortal wounds, but also of his drug addiction.

ZENIT also reported:

Fatima Children to be Beatified Along with Mexican Martyrs
The proclamation of the most eagerly anticipated beatification – that of Francisco and Jacinta Marto, the little shepherds of Fatima, who with Sr. Lucia – who still lives in a Carmelite Convent in Coimbra, Portugal, and has passed her 90th birthday – were witnesses of the apparitions that took place from May 13 to October 13, 1917, on the 13th of each month.

According to the three shepherds, Our Lady appeared as the Virgin of the Rosary and, as a great gift, made them understand the importance of prayer, conversion and penance. Today there is a Basilica in the place of the apparitions; it is one of the principal pilgrimage centers of the world.

In a message to the Portuguese in 1942, Pius XII consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. John Paul II feels very close to Fatima, as he is convinced that it was the Virgin who saved his life in the attempt of May 13, 1981. (Includes excerpts from ZENIT, June 28)

St. Mary Major to Open Holy Door

The jubilee news service of the National Council of Catholic Bishops published the following information on the indulgences of the Jubilee Year:

Doorways are points of entrance, a place where we begin. The Holy Door, is a special entrance for the faithful to enter the four major Basilicas or holy places during the Jubilee: St. Peter's, St. John Lateran, St Mary Major and St. Paul's Outside the Walls, All four Basilicas have multiple doors in their porches, but the Holy Door at each Basilica, is kept closed and sealed. Only during the Jubilee Year can pilgrims walk through these doors. Pope John Paul II explains the importance of the Holy Doors when he wrote in his Bull for the Great Jubilee 2000, "It (the door) evokes a passage from sin to grace which every Christian is called to accomplish. Jesus said, 'I am the door,'(Jn 10:7) in order to make it clear that no one can come to the Father, except through him."
To learn more about the Jubilee Door, see:

Saint Susanna on the Jubilee Door
Open Wide the Doors of the Human Heart to Christ Who is our Jubilee!

To learn more about the Jubilee Indulgence, please see the following sites:

Saint Susanna on the Jubilee Indulgence

The Indulgence is a part of the Jubilee Year theme of Reconciliation. The website gives information on: What Is an Indulgence, the History and Spirituality of Indulgences, Requirements Necessary to Receive the Jubilee Indulgence, and finally Questions about the Jubilee Indulgence. [Note please: You may have to copy out the addresses and place them manually into your Internet address location: ulgence.html]

Marian Clipart

Are you looking for free Marian clipart? You could utilize the liturgical drawings of Hermanoleon clipart (and other free liturgical clipart) at for their web site. Liturgical free Clip-art to web pages and photocopy, renovated every week according to the Catholic liturgy. The site originates in Spain.

Youth 2000

The ZENIT news service published the entire document:

On the Occasion of the 15th World Youth Day

"The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us" (Jn 1:14)

The following excerpt refers to the Blessed Virgin Mary:

The Incarnation of the Word and the Redemption of mankind are closely linked with the Annunciation when God revealed to Mary his plan and found in her, a young person like yourselves, a heart totally open to the action of his love. For centuries Christian devotion has recalled every day, with the recitation of the Angelus Domini, God's entrance into the history of man. May this prayer become your daily meditated prayer.

Mary is the dawn which precedes the rising of the Sun of justice, Christ our Redeemer. With her "yes" at the Annunciation, as she opened herself completely to Father's plan, she welcomed and made possible the incarnation of the Son. The first disciple, with her discreet presence she accompanied Jesus all the way to Calvary and sustained the hope of the Apostles as they waited for the Resurrection and Pentecost. In the life of the Church she continues to be mystically the one who precedes the Lord's coming. To Mary, who fulfills without interruption her ministry as Mother of the Church and of each Christian, I entrust with confidence the preparation of the15th World Youth Day. May Most Holy Mary teach you, dear young people, how to discern the will of the heavenly Father in your life.

May she obtain for you the strength and the wisdom to speak to God and to speak about God. Through her example may she encourage you to be in the new millennium announcers of hope, love and peace.

Looking forward to meeting many of you in Rome next year, "I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace that has power to build you up and to give you your inheritance among all the sanctified" (Acts 20:32), while, gladly and with great affection, I bless all of you, with your families and your loved ones.

From the Vatican, June 29th 1999, solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
Ioannes Paulus P.P. II

You can find the entire document at:
Use Ctrl + F to find the section on Mary.

Ann and Joachim

The July 26 liturgy traditionally celebrates the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the grandparents of Jesus Christ. Mary Page discusses the parents of Mary in the following articles:

  • Mary Page FAQ #13: Who are Mary's parents?
    The story of Mary's birth and details about her aging parents, Joachim and Anne, come from apocryphal writings known as the Protevangelium of James the Lesser that was written by an unknown author. More at:

  • Mary Page FAQ #5: The Names of Mary's Parents.
    The Transitus Mariae (5th century, Ethiopian) legends recount the end of Mary's life on earth. More at:

  • Mary Page FAQ #3

    The image to the right:

    The Girlhood of Mary Virgin, 1849
    Dante Gabriel Rossetti
    Tate Gallery, London

  • The Mary Anne Foundation – Children Learn to Promote Peace

    [Mother of All

    Mother of All People
    Peggy M. Stanton
    Copyright reserved by artist with one time permission for Mary Page publication rights Schools which sponsor a Kids for Peace Pilgrimage Week are eligible to receive a lithograph of this painting.

    Did you know that there is a foundation named for the Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, and for her Mother, Anne? Yes, The Mary Anne Foundation is named after the mother and the grandmother of the Prince of Peace, and is an international charitable organization dedicated to the belief that the search for peace is first and foremost a spiritual guest.

    According to the pamphlet describing The Mary Anne Foundation, "The Foundation is designed to spread the message of Peace through love as taught by Jesus Christ and personified by his mother Mary, his most perfect disciple." The document goes on the state, "The Foundation believes the most effective purveyors of this message are children. To this end, the Foundation enlists children in its efforts to: integrate prayer, stimulate and motivate others to strive for peace through prayer, assist victims of war, particularly orphans, eliminate violence.

    The Foundation has created an effective tool for helping children to understand the need to prayer for peace and take action for peace. The package, called the Peacemaker's Packet, develops a program entitled, Kids for Peace Pilgrimage Week. The Kids for Peace Pilgrimage Week, 1999 is the first week in December, running from November 29 through December 3. You can obtain more information about the Peacemaker's Packet, Peace through Love, Let the Children Lead the Way on The Mary Anne Foundation Internet web site at

    A National Rosary Crusade

    A new movement called the National Rosary Crusade to End Abortion and Restore the Family led by Attorney Stasia Vogel, forms large public gatherings to pray the rosary together with the intention to halt abortion. The first rally was held in Niagara Square in Buffalo, New York on April 25, 1999. Buffalo was chosen because New York was the first state in the nation to give legal protection to perform abortions. The final Rosary Crusade is planned to be held in Washington, D.C. at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on October 7, 2000, the feast of the Most Holy Rosary.

    The late Cardinal Mindszenty said in the last sermon before his arrest and imprisonment by the Communists in Hungary, "Give me a million families with Rosaries in their hands, uplifted to Mary. They will be a military power, not against other people, but for all humankind...for their welfare, their healing...

    Are You Interested in a Madonna Tapestry?

    The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary have recreated several images of Our Lady as large tapestries. Our Lady of Czestochowa, Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Sistine Madonna. To obtain a brochure call or write:

    Saint Benedict Center
    The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
    PO Box 1000
    282 Still River Road
    Still River, MA 01467
    Fax: 978-456-9052

    Knights of Columbus: Rosary Tape Give-Away

    An article by J. Gary Kuntz in the Spring 1999 issue of Medjugorje Magazine, tells Mr. Kuntz's story of his experiences at Medjugorje which resulted in his authorship of meditations on the rosary. Mr. Kuntz writes:

    At a Denver Center for Peace Day of Prayer, after leading the rosary, at least 12 people asked, "Do you have an audio cassette of that?" We accepted it as a sign to make the audio tape.

    The council approved $3,000, a large amount for a small council, to make the tape. We recorded all 15 decades along with songs and meditations and although it was scary, gave them away, accepting only what people wanted to donate. After three years, we have distributed over 15,000 rosary tapes into 50 states and Canadian provinces. This has happened largely because we inivte other K. of C. councils to join us in our work.

    To order a free tape and booklet, write: K. of C. Council #8909 Rosary Tapes, St. Francis of Assisi Church, 2746 Hwy 86, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104. A donation will allow the Knights to continue their work.

    Use Lexis-Nexis to Find Info on Mary

    Academic Universe is a website that lets you search for magazine articles about Mary. Sometimes the strangest things converge, as frequent users of Internet search engines know. Mary Page editors searched for "Virgin Mary" and came up with 442 articles. Perhaps 20% of them really dealt with Mary. The advantage is: The entire article is there.

    It is true that not a great number of genuine Catholic or Christian resources are documented as of yet. Nevertheless, the search pays off.

    Try it at:

    Brief Marian Bibliography

    Have need of a brief, but rich bibliography on the Mother of Jesus? Mary Page has one at:

    Marian Bibliography in Brief

    You will find references on the Bible, systematics, reference, spirituality, ecumenism, cultural, feminism, apparitions, and doctrine.

    Images of Mary – Contemporary Variations in Washington, DC

    The traveling exhibit of the Mariological Society of America is currently on exhibit at the The exhibit began its tour at the International Schoenstatt Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin; moved from there to The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio; and in June 1999, was on display in Washington in the Memorial Hall of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. From there the exhibit will move to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Snows at Belleville, Illinois, July 28 - September 1, 1999.

    You can view the exhibit at Images of Mary: Contemporary Variations.

    Through the kindness of Sister Ann Marie Harrison, I.H.M., you can also view the layout of the Washington exhibit at Images of Mary: Contemporary Variations – Exhibition at Memorial Hall, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

    Marian Studies – The Virgin Mary In Art

    [Cover of The Virgin Mary In
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