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Mary in the News: Jan. 21, 2020

By Michael Duricy

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

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Professor Silvano M. Maggianni, OSM, has left us

(Marina di Carrara, February 15, 1947 - Rome, January 18, 2020)

With great sorrow, we inform you that Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 21:45, Father Silvano Maggianni, OSM, has returned to the Father's House, the Living One, as he liked to call the God of life, after 23 days of illness, hospitalized at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome.

It is important to remember his primary service to the faculty at the Marianum:  

Professor of sacramental liturgy 1980 to 2019, President from 2002 to 2011, Director of Marianum magazine since 2005.

In addition to his teaching at the Liturgical Institute of St. Anselm, he was consultant to the Italian conference of bishops in liturgy; Consultor of the Office for the celebration of the Holy Father; and President of the Association of Professors of Liturgy.

The prayer vigil was held in the Church of Santa Giuliana on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 19:00 (Piazza Francesco Cucchi, old Green Mountain).  The funeral was held Tuesday, January 21 at 10:00 am in the parish church, Regina Pacis (Via Maurizio Quadrio, 21. Monte Verde Vecchio).

The body of Father Maggianni will find dwelling in the cemetery of St. Martin at the Sacred Convent of Monte Senario (FI).

We pray for Father Silvano so that the Lord may grant him eternal peace.

Original Article in Italian

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

New Book on Saint Joseph Now Available

Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by Father Donald Calloway. M.I.C., is now available for purchase!  The great St. Joseph is about to come on the scene like never before! 

This text follows the traditional 33-day method of Marian consecration initiated by St. Louis de Montfort.  The program can be done by individuals, groups, parishes, and entire diocese. 

You can purchase the book (hardcopy or ebook) online at: or

Please help spread word of the first worldwide movement of consecration to St. Joseph.  Now is the time for consecration to St. Joseph! 

Marian Events

Title: Mary in Miniature

Topic: Book of Hours in the Marian Library's Collection

Dates: January 27, 2020 - July 17, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Location: University of Dayton, Marian Library Gallery, seventh floor of Roesch Library

Free and open to the public

Books of Hours--devotional books centered on a series of prayers to the Virgin Mary--were the bestselling book in Europe for over 300 years, from 1250-1550.  This exhibit highlights Books of Hours in the Marian Library's collection--their art, their text and their unique (and sometimes unusual) features.  Books of Hours, also called horae, not only contain artistic masterpieces in miniature but also provide a window into the religious and social lives and customs of their medieval readers....

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Mary in the Catholic Press

Pope Francis and Mary Co-Redemptrix (Where Peter Is), December 29, 2019

Pope Francis’ homily for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12 has been the source of some discussion and controversy.  One article carried the headline: “Pope calls idea of declaring Mary co-redemptrix 'foolishness'."  Another said: "Francis: Mary is not co-redemptrix, new dogmas are not useful."  Still another headline read: "Pope: Mary as Co-redemptrix is ‘Foolishness'," and one article claimed that Pope Francis has set himself against the traditional doctrine of the Church about the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Professor Roberto de Mattei has used the homily as supposed evidence of Christological errors held by Pope Francis.  The most extreme reaction, though, was by Archbishop Viganò, who compared the Holy Father's alleged opposition to Mary to the serpent's enmity toward Eve.  The Catholic apologist, Dave Armstrong, has written a vigorous rebuttal to the unbalanced assertions of Archbishop Viganò, and he has provided clear evidence that Pope Francis affirms all the Marian doctrines that Viganò claims the Holy Father denies....

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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.

Christian Symbols Under Attack in Europe (New American)  January 14, 2020

When the historic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris became engulfed in flames last year, there were suspicions that the fire was deliberately set, either by Islamic terrorists or militant atheists--or even someone else.  Although Paris investigators immediately assured the public that it was not an intentional act of arson, but rather was likely owing to negligence, it is quite understandable that there were suspicions that an anti-Christian actor was the culprit.

After all, waves of attacks on Christian symbols have swept across Europe, even in small towns in Italy. This past Christmas season, for example, hundreds of cribs in Nativity Scenes were smashed, burned, and vandalized across Italy.  Statues of the Baby Jesus, along with Mary and Joseph, have been either beheaded or otherwise vandalized.  One was impaled on an iron pole, and left in a public square....

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