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

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November 26, 2015

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.

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)

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 countries and interviewed dozens of people with strong devotional ties to the Mary — including from those who claim to have seen her, those who believe her intercession has healed them and those seeking her spiritual guidance and intercession.

In the magazine’s Washington office Nov. 24, Orth, widow of Tim Russert, moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” who died in 2008, said what made the biggest impression on her while interviewing people for the article was Mary’s universal appeal across diverse cultures.

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