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Thomas Aquinas Albigenses - A neo-Manichaean sect that flourished in southern France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries Alchemy - The art of transmuting baser metals into gold and silver Alcoholism - The term is understood to include all the changes that may occur in the human organism after the ingestion of any form of alcohol Alcuin - Lengthy article on the educator, scholar, theologian, liturgist, who died in 804 Alexander I, Pope Saint - Article on this pope, who died in 115 or 116.According to a tradition dating to the fifth century, Alexander was martyred, but it is possible that he has been confused with another St.981 Adam - First man and father of the human race Addeus and Maris, Liturgy of - Oriental liturgy, sometimes assigned to the Syrian group; sometimes to the Persian group Addresses, Ecclesiastical - Rules as to what is fitting and customary in the matter of ecclesiastical correspondence Adelaide, Saint - Or Adelheid.The widow of Otho, she died in 999 Adeodatus I, Pope Saint - Also known as Pope Adeodatus I, d. Augustine (372-388) Adeodatus (II), Pope Saint - Brief article on this Roman monk, opponent of Monothelitism, d. Called Adeodatus II to distinguish him from his predecessor St.Mark the Evangelist, the center from which Christianity spread throughout all Egypt, the nucleus of the powerful Patriarchate of Alexandria Alexandrian Library, The - The Great Library of Alexandria, so called to distinguish it from the smaller or 'daughter' library in the Serapeum, was a foundation of the first Ptolemies for the purpose of aiding the maintenance of Greek civilization in the midst of the conservative Egyptians Alexandrinus, Codex - Greek manuscript of the Old and New Testaments, so named because it was brought to Europe from Alexandria and had been the property of the patriarch of that see Alexius, Saint - Tries to untangle the story of the Man of God.According to tradition, a fifth-century Roman who became a beggar in Edessa.Poor Clare, prioress Agnes of Rome, Saint and Martyr - Virgin, martyred at the age of 12 or 13, revered since at least the mid-fourth century Agnosticism - A philosophical theory of the limitations of knowledge, professing doubt of or disbelief in some or all of the powers of knowing possessed by the human mind Agnus Dei - The name given to certain discs of wax impressed with the figure of a lamb and blessed at stated seasons by the Pope Agnus Dei (in Liturgy) - A name given to the formula recited thrice by the priest at Mass in the Roman rite Agony of Christ - The word is used only once in Sacred Scripture (Luke ) to designate the anguish of Our Lord in the Garden of Gethsemani Agrapha - Term for alleged sayings of Jesus, found in ancient Christian writings, not included in the canonical Gospels Agreda, Maria de - Franciscan mystic (1602-1665) Agrippa of Nettesheim, Heinrich Cornelius - Described as a 'knight, doctor, and by common reputation, a magician' Aidan of Lindisfarne, Saint - Irish monk, first bishop of Lindisfarne, d.
the sharp point that terminates the stem on which the candle is fixed Altar Cloths - The custom of using three altar-cloths began probably in the ninth century, but at present it is of strict obligation for the licit celebration of Mass Altar Crucifix - The principal ornament of the altar Altar Frontal - An appendage which covers the entire front of the altar, from the lower part of the table to the predella, and from the gospel corner to that of the epistle side Altar, High - The chief altar in a church, raised on an elevated plane in the sanctuary, where it may be seen simultaneously by all the faithful in the body of the church Altar Horns - On the Jewish altar there were four projections, one at each corner, which were called the horns of the altar.489) Academy, The French - Founded by Cardinal de Richelieu in 1635 Accident - The obvious division of things into the stable and the unstable Accomplice - A term generally employed to designate a partner in some form of evildoing Achilleus and Nereus, Domitilla and Pancratius, Saints - Roman martyrs who shared a feast day on 12 May Acolyte - A cleric promoted to the fourth and highest minor order in the Latin Church, ranking next to a subdeacon Acta Pilati - The Gospel of Nicodemus Acta Sanctæ Sedis - A publication containing the principal public documents issued by the Pope, directly or through the Roman Congregations Acton, John Emerich Edward Dalberg, Baron Acton - Biography of the historian best-known for his view of the corruption power causes Acts, Human - St.Thomas and the scholastics in general regard only the free and deliberate acts of the will as human Acts, Indifferent - An act that is neither good nor bad Acts of the Apostles - The fifth book of the New Testament Acts of the Martyrs - Records of the trials of early Christian martyrs made by the notaries of the court Actual Grace - A grace that is given for the performance of salutary acts and is present and disappears with the action itself Ad Limina Visit - The obligation incumbent on certain members of the hierarchy of visiting, the 'thresholds of the Apostles', Sts.Aachen - In French, Aix-la-Chapelle, the name by which the city is generally known; in Latin Aquae Grani, later Aquisgranum Aaron - Brother of Moses, and High Priest of the Old Law Abaddon - A Hebrew word signifying: ruin, destruction (Job ); place of destruction; the Abyss, realm of the dead (Job 26:6; Proverbs ) Abandonment - A term used by writers of ascetical and mystical books to signify the first stage of the union of the soul with God by conforming to His Will Abba - Aramaic word for father Abbess - The female superior in spirituals and temporals of a community of twelve or more nuns Abbey - A monastery canonically erected and autonomous, with a community of not fewer than twelve religious; monks under the government of an abbot; nuns under that of an abbess Abbot - A title given to the superior of a community of twelve or more monks Abbreviation, Methods of - Discusses forms used to get the most use from scarce and costly materials Abbreviations, Ecclesiastical - Latin abbreviations commonly seen in documents of the Catholic Church, the full Latin words or phrases, and their English meaning Abdias - A minor prophet Abduction - May be considered as a public crime and a matrimonial diriment impediment Abel - Commentary on the first murder victim Abelard, Peter - Dialectician, philosopher, and theologian (1079-1142) Abgar, The Legend of - Concerns a correspondence that took place between God and the local potentate at Edessa Abiogenesis and Biogenesis - According to their Greek derivation these two terms refer to the origin of life Abomination of Desolation, The - Spoken of in St. Mark, xiii, 14 Abortion - Briefly defined as 'the loss of a fetal life.' Abortion, Physical Effects of - Covers definition, causes, and physical effects Abraham - Outline of his life, with New and Old Testament views Abraham, The Bosom of - Found only in two verses of St.Luke's Gospel (xvi, 22, 23) Absalom - Article covers Absalom, son of David; Absalom, father of Mathathias; and Absalom, father of Jonathan Absolution - The remission of sin, or of the punishment due to sin, granted by the Church Abstinence - Includes information about old and new testament fasting as well as church laws Abyss - Primarily and classically an adjective, very deep Abyssinia - Provides details on the geography, ethnology, political revolutions, as well as church information Acacius - Patriarch of Constantinople (d.
Agatho the Wonderworker, a Sicilian believed to have been over 100 years old at the time of his election.