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In the News: April 22, 2016

By Michael Duricy


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

ML/IMRI Features

Marian Events

Mary in the Catholic Press

Mary in the Secular Press

Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute Features


Brother Andrew Kosmowski, S.M., has been appointed Secretary to the Ohio Theological Library Association, and he will give a tour of The Marian Library for the Dayton Deanery Libraries group after their meeting on May 19, 2016.

Also, The Marian Library received a plaque in honor of receiving the Aggiornamento Award from the Catholic Library Association. Click here for details.


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

BibleWorks 10 is now installed on one of the Reading Room computers. It is a research/exegetical tool that may be of interest to some IMRI students and faculty. Father Sebastian Abalodo, S.M., suggested this purchase for The Marian Library.  A copy of the user guide has been placed next to the computer.


From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John M. Samaha, S.M., sent us the article below with these comments: "April  8, 2016, was the 255th anniversary of the birth of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. Please pray and work for his canonization. Below is a Chaminade biographical timeline for his birthday."

A Chaminade Timeline: Some Chronological Highlights by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

1761       Born April 8

1771       Began studies at Mussidan

1785       Priestly ordination

1789       Beginning of French Revolution

1797       Emigrated to Saragossa, Spain, in exile  

1800       Returned to Bordeaux, France

1801       Co-founded the Misericorde      

1816       Co-founded  the FMI                    

1817       Founded the SM

1818       Received vows of first seven SMers

1839       Received Decree of Commendation

1850       Died January 22


Marian Events

Marian Library open two Saturdays

This Saturday, April 23, 2016, The Marian Library will be open from 2-5 p.m., as we host a special tour. If you wish to use The Marian Library during this time, please email the Library Director, Sarah Cahalan at, to allow her to expect you.

The Marian Library will also be open Saturday, June 11, 2016, from noon to 4 p.m., for Reunion Weekend. You would not have to notify Sarah if you plan to use only the Reading Room that day.

Both days, the Reading Room with its resources would be available for use. If you would need to pick up or use books pulled from The Marian Library stacks during that time, please send the list of call numbers to Sarah in advance.


Mary in the Catholic Press

Returning From Greece, Pope Stops at Santa Maria Maggiore from Zenit April 18, 2016

Moments after landing in Rome's Ciampino Airport Saturday afternoon, Pope Francis traveled to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to offer thanks for the success of his one-day Apostolic Trip to the Greek Island of Lesbos to meet with refugees.

Before returning to the Vatican, after landing safely at Rome's Ciampino Airport, the Pope made his usual detour to go to the Marian Basilica, reported Vatican Radio....

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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.

Virgin Mary Statue, Intact Among Ecuador’s Quake Ruins, Becomes a Beacon of Hope (New York Times) April 22, 2016

The earth shook and the steeple fell, taking most of the bell tower with it. A white facade gave way, leaving the pews open to the street.

But amid the wreckage at the basilica, one object remained untouched: Our Mother of Monserrate, the statue of the Virgin Mary for which the church was named.

Dressed in gold robes and wearing a tiny crown, she is only about three feet tall. But the statue, which landed on these shores from Spain in the sixteenth century, has long played an outsize role in the history of Montecristi....

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