The Virgin Mary : National Geographic

Great article here by Maureen Orth on the BVM entitled "How the Virgin Mary Became the World's Most Powerful Woman."  Oath as a journalist has really covered a broad range of material - consider this 2013 article on Mia Farrow from Vanity Fair.

She seems like a good reporter.  Nothing controversial presented here, mostly a lot of facts about various apparitions, the Church's interpretation of various apparitions (the criteria for approval), and some brief bios of some pilgrims.  Honestly, it might have gotten a little bit more mystical, given the subject at hand, but ah, then, it's National Geographic.

Or maybe she does, as Orth discusses at length the mystery of the tilma of the BVM in Mexico City, which, after hundreds of years has never decayed, as well as some of the unexplainable trances the seers in Medjugorje fall into during an apparition, not reacting to sudden noises in the background.

Additionally, Orth never alludes to the political implications of the BVM's apparitions; such as at Fatima, where her primary concern was to prevent WWII and the spread of Communism.

Loved these photos of the pilgrims on their way to the Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City!

Pictures of pilgrims on their way to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City

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