Mary not just for Catholics anymore

An image of Mary and the Christ Child is preserved at St. Sophia Orthodox Church in Ohrid, Macedonia. The church had once served as a mosque after the Turks captured Ohrid in the 14th century. Even though Islam recognizes Mary as the mother of the prophet Jesus, the eyes of the figures in this fresco were gouged out in keeping with Muslim belief, which forbids the rendering of humans in places of worship. (CNS/Sean Sprague)During this holy Christmas season, Mary’s role in the Incarnation is a topic central to our Christian faith. Many articles appear this time of year in both the religious and the secular press examining who Mary was and what various faiths have to say about her.

I was reminded of this earlier today when I came across an excellent article we posted last year on how Protestants and Muslims both embrace Mary as an important figure in religious history. As our Pat Zapor pointed out, Mary is becoming increasingly popular among Protestants, while many Muslims highly revere her as a mediatrix between humans and God. Pat’s story is worth reading again as a sign of how elements of our Catholic faith are embraced by others.

PHOTO: An image of Mary and the Christ Child is preserved at St. Sophia Orthodox Church in Ohrid, Macedonia. The church had once served as a mosque after the Turks captured Ohrid in the 14th century. Even though Islam recognizes Mary as the mother of the prophet Jesus, the eyes of the figures in this fresco were gouged out in keeping with Muslim belief, which forbids the rendering of humans in places of worship. (CNS/Sean Sprague)

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