Saint Mary was the human mother of Jesus Christ. She was visited by the archangel Gabriel at the Annunciation, where she was told that she would conceive the Son of God. Mary consented and the Holy Spirit came to her, and Jesus was conceived. She is venerated (but not adored) by Catholics for her purity, since they believe that she was conceived without sin and led a sinless life. Protestants don’t typically view her as sinless or as a saint.