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In the News: Sept. 28, 2015

By Michael Duricy

ML/IMRI Features

Marian Events

Mary in the Catholic Press

Mary in the Secular Press

Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute Features


The Twentieth International Mariological Symposium will be held at the Marianum in Rome from October 6-9, 2015. The topic will be Mary and the Sacred: Forms, Places, Contexts. Click here to view the Program (in PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

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

John Thavis' The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age (2015) is now available in Hardcover from Amazon. Click here for details or to order copies online.


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Brother John M. Samaha, S.M., sent us the information below.

Pope Francis:  "There are three key aspects to the life and example of St. Junipero Serra: his missionary zeal, his Marian devotion, and his witness of holiness."  He was a "tireless missionary" who placed evangelization of Native Americans under the patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

St. Junipero Serra, pray for us!

Brother John also recommended an article by written Father [and Bishop-elect] Robert Barron on this topic posted on the Blog for National Catholic Register, Why Junípero Serra Matters Today.

Marian Events

An online Marian Forum will be held on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. Eastern Time to take stock of where Mariology stands today. The first teleconference will be about Teaching Mariology in Seminaries with 20-minute presentations by Dr. Robert Fastiggi, President of the Mariological Society of America, and Professor of Sacred Theology, Detroit, Michigan, and Father Benedict O'Cinnsealaigh, Rector of the Athenaeum, Cincinnati, Ohio. The session will include an hour of open discussion. Click here for details about the Forum.

Mary in the Catholic Press

The future of the Church requires more active participation of the laity from VIS (Vatican City) September 27, 2015

Pope Francis arrived in Philadelphia for the last stage of his apostolic trip yesterday at 9.30 a.m. local time (3.30 p.m. in Rome). His first act in this historic city, where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the United States Constitution was signed, was the celebration of Holy Mass at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, a votive mass to the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, attended by the bishops, clergy, and men and women religious of the state of Pennsylvania.
"This morning I learned something about the history of this beautiful Cathedral: the story behind its high walls and windows," said the Pope in his homily. "I would like to think, though, that the history of the Church in this city and state is really a story not about building walls, but about breaking them down. It is a story about generation after generation of committed Catholics going out to the peripheries, and building communities of worship, education, charity and service to the larger society. ... All of this is a great legacy which you have received, and which you have been called to enrich and pass on...."

Click here to see the complete article from the Vatican Information Service (VIS).


Mary in the Secular Press

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 Vatican Museums open up to "popular" art (Official website for the Vatican Museums) September 8, 2015

These are the words with which Pope Francis blessed the two iron sculptures produced using recycled waste materials by the Argentine artist Alejandro Marmo: "They are a sign of the creativity of which we are capable, even using abandoned raw materials. They are a symbol of the genius that God has wished to place in the mind of an artist." The works, depicting Christ as a worker and a reproduction of the Virgin of Luján, have been installed in the Vatican Gardens.

Click here to read the complete article (then scroll down to the article on "Popular Art") or here to see related information from the website of the artist.


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