Why do Catholics pray to Mary?
But just why do Catholics pray to Mary? Mary, commonly referred to as the Virgin Mary, is a central figure in the Christian faith. While her exact date of birth is unknown, it is said to be on 8 September 18BC. She lived in Nazareth, Galilee and was married to Joseph. Her biggest claim to fame is as the mother of Jesus. She is said (in the gospels of Matthew and Luke in the New Testament of the Bible and in the Quran) to have been a virgin and conceived Jesus though the Holy Spirit. Her date of death is not known but she survived her son, Jesus. At the end of her earthly life, God raised her body directly to heaven (known as the Assumption).
Since the beginnings of Christianity, she has been considered to be the most important saint. That is essentially because she was the Mother of God, she had an immaculate conception and, due to her Assumption into heaven. Christians generally emphasis Mary’s role as a protector and mother.
Catholics specifically view Mary as a refuge and advocate for sinners and protector from dangers and, pray to her accordingly.