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A different Mary assumes the stage

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For centuries, she has appeared on medals, in paintings, been sculpted into statues, sung about and worshiped in prayer, making her the most iconic woman of all time. Now, in what must be her most unlikely appearance yet, Mary, traditionally considered to be the mother of God has become the star of a Broadway show.

“I was trying to bring the audience with me and see where it would go,” said Irish novelist Colm Tóibín, creator of this latest vision of Mary. “It’s not mockery. I’m serious. What I was trying to do was capture someone real.”

Through blogs, Catholic moms share faith as 'digital disciples'

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One of Mary's titles is "Christ's First Disciple," and some of Christ's earliest followers were women, two of whom he appeared to first after his resurrection.

Now, some 2,000 years later, another special group of women, specifically Catholic moms who blog on the Internet about their faith, the Catholic church, as well as the joys and challenges of parenthood and everyday family life, can be considered among Christ's newest evangelizers or "digital disciples."

'No Place on Earth' the riveting Holocaust story of Jews in a cave

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In 1993, Chris Nicola, a cave explorer from Queens, N.Y., was in western Ukraine to research his family tree. While there, he decided to explore some the country's famous giant gypsum caves that extend for about 77 miles underground. In fact, he was the first person to ever do so. Deep in one of the caves, he came across some artifacts: a cup, a shoe, a comb, buttons, medicine bottles. He realized that these items belonged to someone, were part of someone's life, and started to ask questions. Finally, some of the older folks told him to ask the Jewish people in the area.

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