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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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Misc: The Shroud of Turin’s Secrets Continue to Elude

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replica of the Shroud of Turin

Pope Francis has authorized the public display of the Shroud of Turin to commemorate the 200th anniversary of St. John Bosco. The Vatican takes no position on the shroud’s authenticity, but encourages the faithful to see it as a reminder of Jesus’ suffering and radical solidarity with humanity. More from The National Geographic here: The Shroud of Turin’s Secrets Continue to Elude Science. Watch a video about pilgrims going to see the shroud and more after the jump:

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TCC Playlist: Touch The Hem of His Garment by Sam Cooke

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Sam Cooke

Today’s Gospel reading is from Mark 5:21-43, where the woman with the hemorrhages is cured by Jesus. She says,  “If I could but touch his clothes I would be cured.” Listen to Sam Cooke sing “Touch the Hem of His Garment” and more after the jump:

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