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Featured Article: Bride of Christ

The Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine by Antonio Boselli
The term Bride of Christ is normally a metaphorical reference to the body of believers of the Christian Church, or the Ecclesia, although the term has several other meanings and has long been debated by Judeo-Christian scholars. The reference originates from the Old Testament prophets who described Israel as God's bride.

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.

Popular Article: Adriatic Sea

Map of the Adriatic Sea
The Adriatic Sea is part of the Mediterranean Sea separating the Italian Peninsula from the Balkan peninsula, and the system of the Apennine Mountains from the Dinaric Alps and adjacent ranges. It extends from the Gulf of Venice south to the Strait of Otranto, linking it to the Ionian Sea. It has an approximate length of 500 miles (800 km), an average width of 100 miles (160 km), and an area of 50,590 sq mi (131,050 sq km).

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.