Mary is the most Iconic woman in the universe, the supreme example of womanhood even to the degree that Muslims also make their pilgrimage to Medjugorje.
There have been apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, since 1981. Both Muslims and Christians make the pilgrimage to Medjugorje. During one of the earlier apparitions, Mirjana, one of the visionary children, asked Mary who was the most pious among her people. Mary replied ‘Pasha’, this was an elderly woman who lived in the area. The children were shocked by this andMirjana said ‘but she is a Muslim..’ which the Virgin Mary acknowledged. (There is a version of this story in which Mary adds to this ‘Human beings make these divisions, not God.’)
It’s interesting to see that some people see this story as proof that the apparitions are real because the children, who are Catholics, would never have made this up, while others see it as proof that the apparitions are false, as they believe that Mary could never have said that a Muslim woman was more pious than her Christian neighbours.