A woman adorns a statue of Mary during a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington in this 2010 file photo. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)The Catholic News Service (CNS) recently interviewed theology and religious studies professor Brother Mark McVann and history professor Brother Charles Hilken about the second academic and religious conference about the Blessed Mother. "Mary in Our Day" was held at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN on the feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15. The conference explored the enduring significance of the Virgin Mary and followed up on academic insights and presentations made at last year's "Mary in the Modern World" conference at Saint Mary's College. CNS specializes in reporting on religion and is a primary source of national and world news for the U.S. Catholic press.

Read the Catholic News Service story "Renewed interest growing in Mary's role in faith life, depiction in art."

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