Mary Magdalene
Feast Day: 22 July
Patron Saint of repentant sinners and the contemplative life

Mary Magdalene is a key biblical figure, often considered the apostle to the apostles. In the Middle Ages, her identity was confused with both Mary, sister of Martha of Bethany and the unnamed sinner—interpreted to be a prostitute from the 6th century—who washed and anointed Christ’s feet in Luke 7:37. The conflation is rejected in modern Catholicism.

There are reports of Mary’s tomb at Ephesus, in present-day Turkey, from the 8th century. However, claims arose in the 11th century that she had evangelised Provence, and was buried at either Vézelay or Marseille in France. The latter were immensely popular but are rejected by most modern scholars.

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