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Maureen Orth poses for a photo at National Geographic's building in Washington Nov. 24. Orth visited several countries and interviewed dozens of people with strong devotional ties to Mary -- from those who claim to have seen her to those who believe Mary's intercession has healed them and those who simply seek her spiritual guidance. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See GEOGRAPHIC-MAGAZINE-MARY Nov. 25, 2015.

National Geographic magazine’s cover story reveals Mary’s appeal

November 26, 2015 WASHINGTON (CNS) — Maureen Orth, a special correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine who has written about music icons, world leaders and Hollywood celebrities, tackled a completely different subject for National Geographic magazine: the Virgin Mary. For the magazine’s December cover story, “Mary the most powerful woman in the world,” Orth visited several…

A child holds a prayer card with a photo of Pope Francis during Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Parish within Kangemi, a slum that is home to more than 500,000 people in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops called on Kenyans to prepare for Pope Francis' Nov. 25-27 visit to Kenya by embracing peace and coexistence and with prayer. (CNS photo/Thomas Mukoya, Reuters) See POPE-AFRICA-MERCY Nov. 23, 2015.

Arriving in Kenya, pope says tolerance, respect are keys to peace

November 26, 2015 NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) — With security concerns looming over his visit, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya Nov. 25 urging tolerance and respect among people of different religions and different ethnic groups. During the less than seven-hour flight, Pope Francis told reporters the only thing he was worried about were the mosquitoes, and…

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