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Mary in the News: March 31, 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.

Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute Features


Danuta Romanowska, ML/IMRI Volunteer, R.I.P.

Danuta Romanowska passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020.  We were blessed for years with her volunteer service to ML/IMRI.  Please pray for the repose of her soul.  May she rest in peace.  Her obituary is available online at URL:

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

Congratulations to the Mariological Society of America (MSA) for winning this year's Jerome Award from the Catholic Library Association(CLA)!

The Award will presented during the 2020 CLA Spring Virtual Conference on Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 2:15-3:15 p.m. Eastern time with the theme: Leading the Way: 2020 National Section Awards.  

CLA has made registration free for their spring conference. So anyone and everyone can tune in to hear Dr. Gloria Dodd, Director of Academic Programs at the International Marian Research Institute and member of the MSA's Administrative Council, accept the Jerome Award on behalf of the MSA!

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Marian Events

Title: Annual Meeting of the Mariological Society of America (MSA)

Topic: The Person of Mary: Her Cultural and Anthropological Dimensions

Dates: May 12-15, 2020

Time: T.B.D.

Location: Online

The Administrative Council of the MSA cancelled the in-person meeting in Washington State.  However, their Annual Meeting will still be arranged on the scheduled dates in an online format.  Updated information regarding registration and schedule will be communicated when all the details are worked out.

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Mary in the Catholic Press

England to be Re-Dedicated as 'Dowry of Mary' Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic (Zenit), March 28, 2020

First dedicated to Our Lady by King Richard II in 1381, England was once again dedicated as the "Dowry of Mary" on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

At midday, Catholics and other Christians across England took part in the "re-dedication" of the country to the Virgin Mary.  The re-dedication had been scheduled for years, but the current pandemic is described as "an example of why the Rededication is so important at this moment."

Originally, each English Bishop was to hold a ceremony in his own Cathedral, while a Mass was to be said at the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.  With the new measures aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19 in Britain, Christians were invited to re-dedicate themselves and their country to the prayers of the Virgin Mary from their own homes....

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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 'appears in the sky' over Argentina as locals claim she is protecting them amid coronavirus outbreak (Daily Mail website) March 27, 2020

Netizens in Argentina have thanked the Virgin Mary for protecting them after claiming an image of her appeared in the sky amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

The 'figure' was taken at around 5 p.m. on Wednesday in the city of San Carlos, in the northeastern Argentine province of Corrientes and was later spread on social media and messaging services.

An unnamed resident whose daughter took the picture said 'in the sky, a rainbow started to be seen, and then some drops started to create the figure (of the Virgin) in the sky surrounding the sun'....

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