A-Z: General definitions: Mary


The mother of Jesus. The gospels of Matthew and Luke state that Mary's pregnancy was brought about by the Holy Spirit and not through a human relationship; she is therefore known as the 'Virgin'. She is presented as model of obedience to God's will. She was present at the crucifixion of Jesus. The account of Mary's life in the New Testament was later amplified by apocryphal texts. In Roman Catholic teaching, she is held to have been conceived without sin and to have a special role as someone who intercedes with God on behalf of humankind.

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