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Our readers asked:

Was Mary’s mother or father alive when Jesus was born?

Ginny Kubitz Moyer Answers:

We don’t know when exactly Mary’s parents (St. Joachim and St. Anne) died. The Gospels don’t give us any information about them, so what we know comes from tradition and from apocryphal writings such as the Protoevangelium of James, written around A.D. 150. Even that information is limited, though, so we don’t know for certain when Mary’s parents died, or whether they would have been alive to see their grandson in person.

 
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The Author : Ginny Kubitz Moyer
Ginny Kubitz Moyer is the author of the award-winning book Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area and blogs at randomactsofmomness.com.
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