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In the Roman Catholic Church, the image of the Church as Christ's bride has also been connected or associated with nuns and consecrated virgins. A less common metaphorical expression is to be found in believers who report a "mystical union" with Jesus Christ, such as Catherine of Alexandria who experienced a mystical marriage with Jesus.
In addition, there is the idea of a literal, physical bride of Jesus during the period of his ministry, especially in the person of Mary Magdalene, with whom Jesus was said to have a child. Although considered heresy within most of Christianity, the suggestion of such a person has persisted.
The sea's western coast runs the length of Italy, while the eastern coast forms the borders of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Albania. A small slice of Slovenia also reaches to the Adriatic Sea. Eleven major rivers flow into the Adriatic Sea. They are the Reno, Po, Adige, Brenta, Piave, Soča/Isonzo, Zrmanja, Krka, Cetina, Neretva, and the Drin (Drini).
The Adriatic Sea has served as a source of transportation, recreation, and sustenance throughout history. From the end of the twentieth century the Adriatic, long renowned for its pristine condition, began to show perilous signs of invasive species introduced by human influence.