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Coastal Catholics call on this holy go-between for protection from devastating storms

(CNN)As Hurricane Matthew whipped up Florida's Atlantic coast in 2016, Beth Williby got scared."That hurricane, in particular, just got my back up," the Jacksonville mom of four recalled. "So, I did what any modern woman would do, and I Googled: Who do you pray to for protection from hurricanes?"Her top result delivered the odd title of a special intermediary long known to Catholics across the Gulf Coast and beyond as the go-to gal for spiritual defense against wind-swept rain bands and storm surge floods.Our Lady of Prompt Succor -- a phrase that means "quick help" -- is a version of the Virgin Mary known for delivering to her son, Jesus Christ, the prayers of those seeking "motherly care and consolation.""Through the intercession of Our ...
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