(LIFENEWS) Just in time for Christmas, National Geographic is honoring the Virgin Mary as the "most powerful woman in the world."
From featuring Mary on its December cover to airing an episode on the worldwide Marian devotion this coming Sunday, National Geographic is recognizing the gentle power of Jesus' mother. While the show has not yet aired, Nat Geo's project has already transformed the life of one person: photographer Diana Markosian.
The magazine, the official journal of the National Geographic Society, boasts a global circulation of 6.4 million.
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Written by Maureen Orth and photographed by Markosian, National Geographic's December cover story, "How the Virgin Mary Became the World's Most Powerful Woman," details how Mary's "image and legacy are found and celebrated around the world."
The issue is currently available at print newsstands as well as online.
In her piece, Orth researches Mary's appearances around the world – and explains the common devotion to Jesus' mother.