Queen of the world - Why the Blessed Virgin Mary is still a global power broker
Published 13/12/2015 | 02:30
Power lists of remarkable women are frequently compiled, and we all enjoy considering the names of the most influential women in the world: Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Christine Lagarde.
Yet surprisingly, the scientific and usually secularist magazine National Geographic has nominated its "Most Powerful Woman in the World" for December 2015 as Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, who, it claims, is venerated more widely than any other single female.
A satellite map showing world locations where visions of Mary have been seen, or claimed, is dotted with markers: from North and South America to Africa to Russia to China to Europe, including, of course, Our Lady of Knock.