In the News: January 8, 2016

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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A Nativity display carried to the United States by an Italian immigrant in the early 1900s, expanded in ninety years of collecting by his family and recently donated to the University of Dayton, is now on display.

The Nativity is featured on the second floor of Roesch Library on the University of Dayton campus as part of At the Manger: Christmas and Beyond, the University's annual display of Nativity scenes from the collection of The Marian Library. The exhibit runs through January 24.

The Presipio della famiglia di Antonio Lucente was assembled during the last ninety years, according Antonette Lucente, a member of the Anthony J. Lucente, Sr., family, which donated the set to the library. It features more than 100 figures in a mountain scene, including musicians, shepherds and a flying angel....

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

Lighthouse Catholic Media recently released an inspiring new CD about Mary (also available in MP3 media format): Mary: The Indispensable Mother of God.

Tim Staples explains the incredible impact that the Church's understanding of Mary has on our spiritual lives, and the profound way that Marian doctrines and dogmas safeguard what we believe about her Son. Using penetrating insights and humor, Tim shows how correct knowledge of our humble Mother reveals our own identity in Christ, and empowers us to say "Yes" to God!

Click here to order or here to to listen to a 10-minute sample.

From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John M. Samaha, S.M., sent us the link below along with the following comments: "For you to watch on January 1. May God hold you in the palm of His hand."

Link to two-minute reflection on Mary for January 1, 2016.

Marian Events

Dear Friends,

Please accept my very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year of Mercy.

On Monday I received an e-mail from Father Stefano Cecchin, OFM, Secretary of the Pontifical Marian Academy International (PAMI) providing some details about the PAMI conference to be held at the Sanctuary of Fatima in Portugal Sept. 6-11, 2016. I’ve provided below an English summary of the points listed and Father Stefano’s original note in Italian. I told him that I would send a list of MSA members intending to go along with the titles of their presentations by the end of January.

A few of you have already expressed interest in going, and I intend to go as well. Unfortunately, the Sanctuary at Fatima can only provide food and lodging for two members of each society. We need to decide who from the MSA will be able to take advantage of this kind offer in an appropriate manner. In the meantime, I will explore other lodging sites in Fatima. If possible, please let me know by the third week of January whether you plan to attend the Sept. 6-11, 2016 PAMI Congress. I would also need the title of your proposed presentation and 2-3 sentences describing its scope. Please let me know if you have any questions. I wish you all a most blessed Christmas, Solemnity of the Mother of God, and New Year.

In Christ and our all-holy Mother,

Robert Fastiggi, President of the Mariological Society of America

English Summary:

The Congress will take place Sept. 6-11, 2016 at Fatima

1. The program foresees three afternoons reserved for workshops.

2. Workshops are subdivided according to languages (in order to allow fuller participation).

3. The afternoons of Wed. Sept. 7 and Thurs. Sept. 8 are expected to have papers on how the message of Fatima has been received and interpreted in diverse cultural, theological, and ecclesial settings.

4.The third afternoon of Friday, Sept. 9 is reserved (still following the language subdivisions) either for those wishing to present research projects in the field of Mariology on which they are already working or for the presentation of projects and activities that the individual societies intend to undertake. In this way one will be able to foresee possible projects of study and research to be accomplished in common with other interested scholars.

5. Both the presentations for the program of Sept. 7 and 8 and the presentations for the program of Sept. 9 should not be more than 10 minutes.

6. The Sanctuary of Fatima is offering two free rooms (food and lodging) for each Mariological society.

7. The names and titles of each presentation should be sent to the Secretary of the Academy as soon as possible.

Original Italian 

Il 24° Congresso si terrà a Fatima dal 6 all’11 settembre del 2016.

  1. il programma prevede 3 pomeriggi riservati ai Workshops,
  2. i Workshops sono suddivisi per lingue (allo scopo di favorire una ampia partecipazione)
  3. Nei 2 pomeriggi di mercoledì 7 e giovedì 8 settembre sono previste le comunicazioni su come il messaggio di Fatima è stato recepito e interpretato nei diversi ambiti culturali, teologici ed ecclesiali.
  4. Il terzo pomeriggio di venerdì 9 settembre è riservato (seguendo sempre la suddivisione per lingue) sia a quanti desiderano illustrare i progetti di ricerca in campo mariologico ai quali stanno lavorando, sia alla presentazione dei progetti e delle attività che le singole società mariologiche intendono attuare. Si potrà così prendere visione di eventuali progetti di studio e ricerca da realizzare in comune tra gli studiosi interessati.
  5. Sia le comunicazioni in programma il 7 e 8 settembre, sia le presentazioni in programma il 9 settembre, non devono i 10 minuti.
  6. Il santuario di Fatima offre 2 posti gratuiti (vitto e alloggio) a ciascuna società mariologica.
  7. I nomi e i titoli dei singoli intervento devono essere comunicati alla Segreteria dell’Accademia quanto prima.


Mary in the Catholic Press

Pontifical Acts from VIS (Vatican City) January 3, 2016

The Holy Father has appointed: - Father William Ernesto Iraheta Rivera as bishop of Santiago de Maria (area 2,866, population 563,000, Catholics 449,700, priests 85, religious 88), El Salvador. The bishop-elect was born in Jayaque, El Salvador in 1962 and was ordained a priest in 1988. He has served in a number of pastoral roles in the archdiocese of San Salvador, including deputy priest, parish priest, director of the Rosa Blanca school center, moderator of the archdiocesan curia, director of Caritas and episcopal delegate for education. He is currently pastor of San Marcos parish. He succeeds Bishop Rodrigo Orlando Cabrera Cuellar, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father....

- erected the eparchy of St. Mary, Queen of Peace, of the United States of American and Canada, for faithful of Syro-Malabar rite.

- appointed Bishop Thomas Mar Eusebios Naickamparambil, apostolic exarch for Syro-Malankars resident in the United States of America and apostolic visitor for the faithful in Canada and Europe, as the first eparchial bishop of the new eparchy of St. Mary, Queen of Peace, of the United States of American and Canada.

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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.

Holy Trignometry (Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, Institute for Church Life Blog) December 22, 2015

Christmas is a feast for families, beginning with the Holy Family. But is it also a feast of the Family of the Holy Trinity? The "Trigonometry" featured in this year's display of Christmas crèches at the University of Notre Dame answers "yes" to this question.

Trigonometry (from Greek trigōnon, "triangle" and metron, "measure") is a branch of mathematics investigating the relationships of lengths and angles in triangles. For many of us, this science can be compared to the proverbial book with seven seals with which we have become acquainted while in High School. We may still remember that the sides of a right-angle triangle and the angles between those sides have fixed relationships. Provided we know at least the length of one side and the value of one angle, we can determine all other angles and lengths. Trigonometry and its functions are implemented for example in satellite navigation systems....

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