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How the Virgin Mary Became the World’s Most Powerful Woman

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The Virgin Mary

“Mary’s mantle offers both security and protection. Pope Francis, when once asked what Mary meant to him, answered, ‘She is my mamá.’” Read National Geographic‘s story about Marian devotion and apparitions (which Catholics are not required to believe in but often do) here: How the Virgin Mary Became the World’s Most Powerful Woman. Photo after the jump:

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Patroness, inspiration, intercessor: Mary is beloved in Latin America

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BRAZIL-POPE-WYD-APARECIDA Yesterday Pope Francis prayed at the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, the patroness of Brazil, as part of the ongoing celebration of World Youth Day. Pilgrims light candles at the shrine above. In Latin America devotion to Mary has, “Inspired independence and social justice movements, endured atheist and anti-clerical regimes and been embraced by the indigenous populations and the elites alike.”  Read the whole story from Catholic News Service here: Patroness, inspiration, intercessor: Mary is beloved in Latin America And see photos of Marian devotion after the jump:

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