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There’s Something About Mary – A Primer on the Immaculate Conception

Our Lady of LourdesWho: The Blessed Mother, also known as Mary, Our Lady, Theotokos, the one whom “all generations will called ‘blessed'”, and the one who is “full of grace”


What: It was declared, pronounced and defined “that the doctrine which asserts that the Blessed Virgin Mary, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God, and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, was preserved free from every stain of original sin is a doctrine revealed by God and, for this reason, must be firmly and constantly believed by all the faithful”.

Where: In the Papal encyclical Ineffabilis Deus, by Pope Pius IX

When: December 8, 1854 ; also venerated by St. Ephrem the Syrian (d. AD 373), St. Ambrose (d. AD 397),  St. John of Damascus (d. AD 755),  Blessed John Duns Scotus (d. 1308), The Council of Basle in 1439), Pope Sixtus IV in 1476, Pope Clement XI in 1708, and Pius IX in 1847.

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