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Immaculate Conception

Post  tranthuongbn on Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:05 am

The Immaculate Conception of Mary is, according to Catholic doctrine, the conception of the Virgin Mary without any stain ("macula" in Latin) of Original Sin.[1] It is one of the four dogmata in Roman Catholic Mariology. Under this aspect Mary is sometimes called Immaculata (the Immaculate One), particularly in artistic contexts.[2] She is the principal patroness of the Philippines, and the United States of America.[3]
The doctrine states that, from the first moment of her existence, Mary was preserved by God from the Original Sin and filled with sanctifying grace that would normally come with baptism after birth. Catholics believe Mary "was free from any personal or hereditary sin".[4][5] Mary's immaculate conception should not be confused with the Incarnation of her son Jesus Christ; the conception of Jesus is celebrated as the Annunciation to Mary. Catholics do not believe that Mary, herself, was the product of a Virgin Birth.[6]

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