Since the first centuries of Christianity, Mary and the saints have played an important role in Catholic belief and practice. In the first four centuries of the Church, devotion to Mary developed into a central marker of Christian life.
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The feast for the Saintes Maries, two women who, according to medieval tradition, traveled across the sea to France following Jesus’ death, features veneration of a reliquary believed to hold their bones, and procession of their images to the sea. A procession is also held for Sainte Sara, and unofficial saint of Gypsy Catholics who pilgrimage to the ancient seaside town for
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