1. Maureen Orth, in National Geographic, has a brilliant article, " How the Virgin Mary Became the World’s Most Powerful Woman" (as if there was ever any doubt!). Note: The article contains a picture of a topless Haitian mother and daughter
2, Kathryn Jean Lopez reports on a Rome conference on the persecution of Christians, particularly in the Middle East on the National Review website
3. Over the weekend, Jessica Kasmer-Jacobs, the books editor at the Wall Street Journal, wrote on Aiding Christians Targeted by Isis. It may be behind a paywall, but if you have a subscription, it is well worth reading.