A woman was entitled to time off from her department store job to go on a pilgrimage to Yugoslavia in hopes of seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary - but not during the store's busy holiday season, a federal appeals court ruled.

Saying the timing of the pilgrimage was "a personal preference and not part of her calling," the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a judge's $16,445 award against a Phoenix department store that fired Mary Tiano.Tiano, a devout Catholic, said she had a "calling from God" in August 1988 to attend a pilgrimage planned that October to Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, where several people reported seeing visions of Mary.