Friday September 8, 2017

Mary in the News: September 8, 2017

By Michael Duricy

Read recent items about Mary in both Catholic and secular news. Also see International Marian Research Institute news and updates.

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Mary in the Catholic Press

Mary in the Secular Press

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Updates
The Congregation for Catholic Education has appointed Professor Denis M. Sahayaraj Kulandaisamy, OSM, to be Dean of the Pontifical Faculty of Theology "Marianum" for the triennium from 2017-2020. For more information about the Marianum visit their website at URL: http://www.marianum.it/index.php. They will host the Twenty-first Annual Mariological Symposium from October 3-6, 2017. For more information on this event, contact them by email at marianum@marianum.it or click here to view the Program.

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Mary in Media: Books, Films, Music, etc.

New PAMI Website

Pontificia Academia Mariana Internationalis, the International Pontifical Marian Academy (PAMI) has a new website, https://www.pami.info/copia-di-home-es.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The article below was sent by Brother John Samaha

Mary's Mysteries Concern Us by Brother John Samaha, S.M.

God became Man for us. Baptism brings us faith and the power of the Holy Spirit, the saving action and new creation of Jesus. Like Mary, we can say "He has done great things for me." We pledge to serve God and others as Jesus did. In baptism we die with Christ so that we may live with His resurrected life. 

Death is part of our life. But death in the life of the Spirit is a transition. The life of each person in the Church is already a life in the Spirit of Christ. We know the power of Jesus' resurrection in our hopes, in faith, in the marvelous works of Christ we see around us, in the relationships we develop with others in the Spirit--familial, personal, neighborhood, national, and  international. As members of the Mystical Body of Christ we change the world this way.

At death our eternal life continues and is fulfilled in our union with Christ. The Holy Spirit gives us complete life and happiness, the life of God, as the Holy Spirit gave it to Mary at her death. We too are raised to the heights, the happiness, which God began to give us at baptism. What God did for Mary He does for us.

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Marian Events

Theme: A Weekend to Celebrate 100 Years of Our Lady of Fatima with Immaculee Ilibagiza

Location: Saint Luke Catholic Parish, 1440 North Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, Ohio 45432

Date: October 13-14, 2017

New York Times best-selling author of Left to Tell; Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Genocide, Immaculee Ilibagiza, witnesses to the life-saving power of faith and the Rosary. Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience her powerful journey through remarkable personal testimony, inspirational music, and prayer. Click here for more information.

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Mary in the Catholic Press

Colombia: First Stop, Basilica of St. Mary Major (Zenit website) September 5, 2017

For the fifty-first time, Pope Francis on the evening of September 5, 2017 visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major to ask the Mother of God for a successful journey--or to thank her for one just ended. The Holy Father will travel to Colombia from September 6-11, 2017, visiting four cities and giving twelve addresses....

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Mary in the Secular Press

The director and editors of All About Mary 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.

A Controversial Restoration That Wipes Away the Past (Fox News U.S.) August 25, 2017

The pilgrim did not find what he was searching for. As a child, Patrice Bertrand heard his mother recount details of her visit to the shrine of the famous Black Madonna of Chartres Cathedral, sixty miles southwest of Paris. Now Mr. Bertrand, forty-one, of Nantes, was following in her footsteps. But he was perplexed by what he discovered: "The statue I came to see is not here anymore," he said. The Black Madonna had become white.

The decision to remove what a plaque in the cathedral calls the "unsightly coating" from the sixteenth-century wooden icon has come to symbolize the contested transformation of Chartres, which has been undergoing a decade-long restoration. For almost 500 years, pilgrims worshiped the Virgin's dark visage, and it accrued the kind of mythic currency integral to Catholic worship. To some critics, the repainting has erased a cultural memory from a building its restorers say they are saving....

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