Yesterday, Berkeley’s St. Mary Magdalen Parish hosted a relic that is purportedly a piece of the tibia (shinbone) of the biblical figure Mary Magdalene.

KQED’s Kelly Wilkinson was there and shot the following videos:

Kelly Wilkinson also interviewed several people who had come to see the relic. Audio below:

Paula Lawlor, who helped arrange the tour, on her personal experience with the relic[audio:]

Paula Lawlor on the story of Mary Magdalene[audio:]

Linda Casillas, who was there to gain peace around the murder of her son[audio:]

Schoolchildren talk about what the experience means to them[audio:]

Here is the itinerary for the rest of the relic’s California tour.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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