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What are some facts about Mary Magdalene?

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Some facts about Mary Magdalene are that her skull sits in Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene in St. Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume in France and that the Catholic church named Magdalene a saint. Magdalene lived at the time of Jesus' life and ministry. She interacted with Jesus several times and witnessed Jesus' crucifixion.

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Scholars believe that Magdalene lived the last 30 years of her life in the southern part of France. She spent a significant part of her last years in relative solitude, living in a cave. Charles II unearthed Magdalene's tomb in 1279.

The New Testament gospels mention Magdalene approximately 12 times. Gospel authors describe Magdalene as a sinner. When Jesus first meets Magdalene, he casts demons from her and she begins to follow him. She then becomes witness to others of her experience, and in doing so leads others to follow Jesus. Scholars believe that Magdalene traveled with Jesus for significant periods of time.

Magdalene is among the women that went to the tomb of Jesus to anoint his body. When the group arrived, they saw an angel and bore first witness to Jesus' resurrection. Scholars believe that several years after Jesus' death, Jews put Magdalene in a boat without oars or sails. The boat took Magdalene to France, where she continued her ministry and lived her final years.

Catholics celebrate a feast day in honor of Magdalene on July 22. Catholics believe that Magdalene is the saint of women, pharmacists and sinners. In addition to the Catholic church, the Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran churches also recognize Magdalene as a saint. Other churches acknowledge Magdalene as an example of a faithful follower of Christ.

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