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Mohammed and Mohammedanism

I. THE FOUNDER

Mohammed, "the Praised One", the prophet of Islam and the founder of Mohammedanism, was born at Mecca (20 August?) A.D. 570.

Arabia was then torn by warring factions. The tribe of Fihr, or Quarish, to which Mohammed belonged, had established itself in the south of Hijas (Hedjaz), near Mecca, which was, even then, the principal religious and commercial centre of Arabia. The power of the tribe was continually increasing; they had become the masters and the acknowledged guardians of the sacred Kaaba, within the town of Mecca — then visited in annual pilgrimage by the heathen Arabs with their offerings and tributes — and had thereby gained such preeminence that it was comparatively easy for Mohammed to inaugurate his religious reform and his political campaign, which ended with the conquest of all Arabia and the fusion of the numerous Arab tribes into one nation, with one religion, one code, and one sanctuary. (See A RABIA , Christianity in Arabia .)

Mohammed's father was Abdallah, of the family of Hashim, who died soon after his son's birth. At the age of six the boy lost his mother and was thereafter taken care of by his uncle Abu-Talib. He spent his early life as a shepherd and an attendant of caravans, and at the age of twenty-five married a rich widow, Khadeejah, fifteen years his senior. She bore him six children, all of whom died very young except Fatima, his beloved daughter.

On his commercial journeys to Syria and Palestine he became acquainted with Jews and Christians, and acquired an imperfect knowledge of their religion and traditions. He was a man of retiring disposition, addicted to prayer and fasting, and was subject to epileptic fits. In his fortieth year (A.D. 612), he claimed to have received a call from the Angel Gabriel, and thus began his active career as the prophet of Allah and the apostle of Arabia. His converts were about forty in all, including his wife, his daughter, his father-in-law Abu Bakr, his adopted son Ali Omar, and his slave Zayd. By his preaching and his attack on heathenism, Mohammed provoked persecution which drove him from Mecca to Medina in 622, the year of the Hejira (Flight) and the beginning of the Mohammedan Era. At Medina he was recognized as the prophet of God, and his followers increased. He took the field against his enemies, conquered several Arabian, Jewish, and Christian tribes, entered Mecca in triumph in 630, demolished the idols of the Kaaba, became master of Arabia, and finally united all the tribes under one emblem and one religion. In 632 he made his last pilgrimage to Mecca at the head of forty thousand followers, and soon after his return died of a violent fever in the sixty-third year of his age, the eleventh of the Hejira, and the year 633 of the Christian era.

The sources of Mohammed's biography are numerous, but on the whole untrustworthy, being crowded with fictitious details, legends, and stories. None of his biographies were compiled during his lifetime, and the earliest was written a century and a half after his death. The Koran is perhaps the only reliable source for the leading events in his career. His earliest and chief biographers are Ibn Ishaq (A.H. 151=A.D. 768), Wakidi (207=822), Ibn Hisham (213=828), Ibn Sa'd (230=845), Tirmidhi (279=892), Tabari (310-929), the "Lives of the Companions of Mohammed", the numerous Koranic commentators [especially Tabari, quoted above, Zamakhshari 538=1144), and Baidawi (691=1292)], the "Musnad", or collection of traditions of Ahmad ibn Hanbal (241=855), the collections of Bokhari (256=870), the "Isabah", or "Dictionary of Persons who knew Mohammed", by Ibn Hajar, etc. All these collections and biographies are based on the so-called Hadiths, or "traditions", the historical value of which is more than doubtful.

These traditions, in fact, represent a gradual, and more or less artificial, legendary development, rather than supplementary historical information. According to them, Mohammed was simple in his habits, but most careful of his personal appearance. He loved perfumes and hated strong drink. Of a highly nervous temperament, he shrank from bodily pain. Though gifted with great powers of imagination, he was taciturn. He was affectionate and magnanimous, pious and austere in the practice of his religion, brave, zealous, and above reproach in his personal and family conduct. Palgrave, however, wisely remarks that "the ideals of Arab virtue were first conceived and then attributed to him". Nevertheless, with every allowance for exaggeration, Mohammed is shown by his life and deeds to have been a man of dauntless courage, great generalship, strong patriotism, merciful by nature, and quick to forgive. And yet he was ruthless in his dealings with the Jews, when once he had ceased to hope for their submission. He approved of assassination, when it furthered his cause; however barbarous or treacherous the means, the end justified it in his eyes; and in more than one case he not only approved, but also instigated the crime.

Concerning his moral character and sincerity, contradictory opinions have been expressed by scholars in the last three centuries. Many of these opinions are biased either by an extreme hatred of Islam and its founder or by an exaggerated admiration, coupled with a hatred of Christianity.

Luther looked upon him as "a devil and first-born child of Satan ". Maracci held that Mohammed and Mohammedanism were not very dissimilar to Luther and Protestantism. Spanheim and D'Herbelot characterize him as a "wicked impostor ", and a "dastardly liar", while Prideaux stamps him as a wilful deceiver. Such indiscriminate abuse is unsupported by facts.

Modern scholars, such as Sprenger, Noldeke, Weil, Muir, Koelle, Grimme, Margoliouth, give us a more correct and unbiased estimate of Mohammed's life and character, and substantially agree as to his motives, prophetic call, personal qualifications, and sincerity. The various estimates of several recent critics have been ably collected and summarized by Zwemer, in his "Islam, a Challenge to Faith" (New York, 1907). According to Sir William Muir, Marcus Dods, and some others, Mohammed was at first sincere, but later, carried away by success, he practised deception wherever it would gain his end. Koelle "finds the key to the first period of Mohammed's life in Khadija, his first wife", after whose death he became a prey to his evil passions. Sprenger attributes the alleged revelations to epileptic fits, or to "a paroxysm of cataleptic insanity ".

Zwemer himself goes on to criticize the life of Mohammed by the standards, first, of the Old and New Testaments, both of which Mohammed acknowledged as Divine revelation ; second, by the pagan morality of his Arabian compatriots; lastly, by the new law of which he pretended to be the "divinely appointed medium and custodian". According to this author, the prophet was false even to the ethical traditions of the idolatrous brigands among whom he lived, and grossly violated the easy sexual morality of his own system. After this, it is hardly necessary to say that, in Zwemer's opinion, Mohammed fell very far short of the most elementary requirements of Scriptural morality. Quoting Johnstone, Zwemer concludes by remarking that the judgment of these modern scholars, however harsh, rests on evidence which "comes all from the lips and the pens of his own devoted adherents. . .And the followers of the prophet can scarcely complain if, even on such evidence, the verdict of history goes against him".

II. THE SYSTEM

A. Geographical Extent, Divisions, and Distribution of Mohammedans

After Mohammed's death Mohammedanism aspired to become a world power and a universal religion. The weakness of the Byzantine Empire, the unfortunate rivalry between the Greek and Latin Churches, the schisms of Nestorius and Eutyches, the failing power of the Sassanian dynasty of Persia, the lax moral code of the new religion, the power of the sword and of fanaticism, the hope of plunder and the love of conquest — all these factors combined with the genius of the caliphs, the successors of Mohammed, to effect the conquest, in considerably less than a century, of Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia, Egypt, North Africa, and the South of Spain. The Moslems even crossed the Pyrenees, threatening to stable their horses in St. Peter's at Rome, but were at last defeated by Charles Martel at Tours, in 732, just one hundred years from the death of Mohammed. This defeat arrested their western conquests and saved Europe.

In the eighth and ninth centuries they conquered Persia, Afghanistan, and a large part of India, and in the twelfth century they had already become the absolute masters of all Western Asia, Spain and North Africa, Sicily, etc. They were finally conquered by the Mongols and Turks, in the thirteenth century, but the new conquerors adopted Mohammed's religion and, in the fifteenth century, overthrew the tottering Byzantine Empire (1453). From that stronghold (Constantinople) they even threatened the German Empire, but were successfully defeated at the gates of Vienna, and driven back across the Danube, in 1683.

Mohammedanism now comprises various theological schools and political factions. The Orthodox (Sunni) uphold the legitimacy of the succession of the first three caliphs, Abu Bakr, Omar, and Uthman, while the Schismatics (Shiah) champion the Divine right of Ali as against the successions of these caliphs whom they call "usurpers", and whose names, tombs, and memorials they insult and detest. The Shiah number at present about twelve million adherents, or about one-twentieth of the whole Mohammedan world, and are scattered over Persia and India. The Sunni are subdivided into four principal theological schools, or sects, viz., the Hanifites, found mostly in Turkey, Central Asia, and Northern India ; the Shafites in Southern India and Egypt ; the Malikites, in Morocco, Barbary, and parts of Arabia ; and the Hanbalites in Central and Eastern Arabia and in some parts of Africa. The Shiah are also subdivided into various, but less important, sects. Of the proverbial seventy-three sects of Islam, thirty-two are assigned to the Shiah. The principal differences between the two are:

  • as to the legitimate successors of Mohammed;
  • the Shiah observe the ceremonies of the month of fasting, Muharram, in commemoration of Ali, Hasan, Husain, and Bibi Fatimah, whilst the Sunnites only regard the tenth day of that month as sacred, and as being the day on which God created Adam and Eve ;
  • the Shiah permit temporary marriages, contracted for a certain sum of money, whilst the Sunnites maintain that Mohammed forbade them;
  • the Shi'ites include the Fire-Worshippers among the "People of the Book", whilst the Sunnites acknowledge only Jews, Christians, and Moslems as such;
  • several minor differences in the ceremonies of prayer and ablution;
  • the Shiah admit a principle of religious compromise in order to escape persecution and death, whilst the Sunni regard this as apostasy.

There are also minor sects, the principal of which are the Aliites, or Fatimites, the Asharians, Azaragites, Babakites, Babbis, Idrisites, Ismailians and Assassins, Jabrians, Kaissanites, Karmathians, Kharjites, followers of the Mahdi, Mu'tazilites, Qadrains, Safrians, Sifatians, Sufis, Wahabis, and Zaidites. The distinctive features of these various sects are political as well as religious; only three or four of them now possess any influence.

In spite of these divisions, however, the principal articles of faith and morality, and the ritual, are substantially uniform.

According to the latest and most reliable accounts (1907), the number of Mohammedans in the world is about 233 millions, although some estimate the number as high as 300 millions, others, again, as low as 175 millions. Nearly 60 millions are in Africa, 170 millions in Asia, and about 5 millions in Europe. Their total number amounts to about one-fourth of the population of Asia, and one-seventh that of the whole world. Their geographical distribution is as follows:

Asia

India, 62 millions; other British possessions (such as Aden, Bahrein, Ceylon, and Cyprus ), about one million and a half; Russia (Asiatic and European ), the Caucasus, Russian Turkestan, and the Amur region, about 13 millions; Philippine Islands, 350,000; Dutch East Indies (including Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Celebes, etc.) about 30 millions; French possessions in Asia (Pondicherry, Annam, Cambodia, Cochin-China, Tonking, Laos ), about one million and a half; Bokhara, 1,200,000; Khiva, 800,000; Persia, 8,800,000; Afghanistan, 4,000,000; China and Chinese Turkestan, 30,000,000; Japan and Formosa, 30,000; Korea, 10,000; Siam, 1,000,000; Asia Minor ; Armenia and Kurdistan, 1,795,000; Mesopotamia, 1,200,000; Syria, 1,100,000; Arabia, 4,500,000. Total, 170,000,000.

Africa

Egypt, 9,000,000; Tripoli, 1,250,000; Tunis, 1,700,000; Algeria, 4,000,000; Morocco, 5,600,000; Eritrea, 150,000; Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, 1,000,000; Senegambia-Niger, 18,000,000; Abyssinia, 350,000; Kamerun, 2,000,000; Nigeria, 6,000,000; Dahomey, 350,000; Ivory Coast, 800,000; Liberia, 600,000; Sierra Leone, 333,000; French Guinea, 1,500,000; French, British, and Italian Somaliland, British East African Protectorate, Uganda, Togoland, Gambia and Senegal, about 2,000,000; Zanzibar, German East Africa, Portuguese East Africa, Rhodesia, Congo Free State, and French Congo, about 4,000,000; South Africa and adjacent island, about 235,000.-Approximate total, 60,000,000.

Europe

Turkey in Europe, 2,100,000; Greece, Servia, Rumania, and Bulgaria, about 1,369,000. Total, about 3,500,000.

America and Australia

About 70,000.

About 7,000,000 (i.e., four-fifths) of the Persian Mohammedans and about 5,000,000 of the Indian Mohammedans are Shiahs; the rest of the Mohammedan world — about 221,000,000 — are almost all Sunnites.

B. Tenets

The principal tents of Mohammedanism are laid down in the Koran. As aids in interpreting the religious system of the Koran we have: first , the so-called "Traditions", which are supposed to contain supplementary teachings and doctrine of Mohammed, a very considerable part of which, however, is decidedly spurious; second , the consensus of the doctors of Islam represented by the most celebrated imâms, the founders of the various Islamic sects, the Koranic commentators and the masters of Mohammedans jurisprudence ; third , the analogy, or deduction from recognized principles admitted in the Koran and in the Traditions. Mohammed's religion, known among its adherents as Islam, contains practically nothing original; it is a confused combination of native Arabian heathenism, Judaism, Christianity, Sabiism (Mandoeanism), Hanifism, and Zoroastrianism.

The system may be divided into two parts: dogma, or theory; and morals, or practice. The whole fabric is built on five fundamental points, one belonging to faith, or theory, and the other four to morals, or practice. All Mohammedan dogma is supposed to be expressed in the one formula: "there is no God but the true God ; and Mohammed is His prophet." But this one confession implies for Mohammedans six distinct articles:

  • belief in the unity of God ;
  • in His angels ;
  • in His Scripture ;
  • in His prophets ;
  • in the Resurrection and Day of Judgment ; and
  • in God's absolute and irrevocable decree and predetermination both of good and of evil.

The four points relating to morals, or practice, are:

  • prayer, ablutions, and purifications;
  • alms :
  • fasting ; and
  • pilgrimage to Mecca.

(1) Dogma

The doctrines of Islam concerning God — His unity and Divine attributes — are essentially those of the Bible ; but to the doctrines of the Trinity and of the Divine Sonship of Christ Mohammed had the strongest antipathy. As Noldeke remarks, Mohammed's acquaintance with those two dogmas was superficial; even the clauses of the Creed that referred to them were not properly known to him, and thus he felt that it was quite impossible to bring them into harmony with the simple Semitic Monotheism ; probably, too, it was this consideration alone that hindered him from embracing Christianity ( Sketches from Eastern History , 62).

The number of prophets sent by God is said to have been about 124,000, and of apostles, 315. Of the former, 22 are mentioned by name in the Koran — such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus.

According to the Sunni, the Prophets and Apostles were sinless and superior to the angels, and they had the power of performing miracles. Mohammedan angelology and demonology are almost wholly based on later Jewish and early Christian traditions. The angels are believed to be free from all sin ; they neither eat nor drink; there is no distinction of sex among them. They are, as a rule, invisible, save to animals, although, at times, they appear in human form. The principal angels are: Gabriel, the guardian and communicator of God's revelation to man ; Michael, the guardian of men; Azrail, the angel of death, whose duty is to receive men's souls when they die; and Israfil, the angel of the Resurrection.

In addition to these there are the Seraphim, who surround the throne of God, constantly chanting His praises; the Secretaries, who record the actions of men; the Observers, who spy on every word and deed of mankind ; the Travellers, whose duty it is to traverse the whole earth in order to know whether, and when, men utter the name of God ; the Angels of the Seven Planets; the Angels who have charge of hell ; and a countless multitude of heavenly beings who fill all space. The chief devil is Iblis, who, like his numerous companions, was once the nearest to God, but was cast out for refusing to pay homage to Adam at the command of God. These devils are harmful both to the souls and to the bodies of men, although their evil influence is constantly checked by Divine interference.

Besides angels and devils, there are also jinns, or genii, creatures of fire, able to eat, drink, propagate, and die; some good, others bad, but all capable of future salvation and damnation.

God rewards good and punishes evil deeds. He is merciful and is easily propitiated by repentance. The punishment of the impenitent wicked will be fearful, and the reward of the faithful great. All men will have to rise from the dead and submit to the universal judgment. The Day of Resurrection and of Judgment will be preceded and accompanied by seventeen fearful, or greater, signs in heaven and on earth, and eight lesser ones, some of which are identical with those mentioned in the New Testament. The Resurrection will be general and will extend to all creatures — angels, jinns, men, and brutes. The torments of hell and the pleasures of Paradise, but especially the latter, are proverbially crass and sensual. Hell is divided into seven regions: Jahannam, reserved for faithless Mohammedans; Laza, for the Jews ; Al-Hutama, for the Christians ; Al-Sair, for the Sabians ; Al-Saqar, for the Magians; Al-Jahim, for idolaters ; Al-Hawiyat, for hypocrites. As to the torments of hell, it is believed that the damned will dwell amid pestilential winds and in scalding water, and in the shadow of a black smoke. Draughts of boiling water will be forced down their throats. They will be dragged by the scalp, flung into the fire, wrapped in garments of flame, and beaten with iron maces. When their skins are well burned, other skins will be given them for their greater torture. While the damnation of all infidels will be hopeless and eternal, the Moslems, who, though holding the true religion, have been guilty of heinous sins, will be delivered from hell after expiating their crimes.

The joys and glories of Paradise are as fantastic and sensual as the lascivious Arabian mind could possibly imagine. "As plenty of water is one of the greatest additions to the delights of the Bedouin Arab, the Koran often speaks of the rivers of Paradise as a principal ornament thereof; some of these streams flow with water, some with wine and others with honey, besides many other lesser springs and fountains, whose pebbles are rubies and emeralds, while their earth consists of camphor, their beds of musk, and their sides of saffron. But all these glories will be eclipsed by the resplendent and ravishing girls, or houris , of Paradise, the enjoyment of whose company will be the principal felicity of the faithful. These maidens are created not of clay, as in the case of mortal women, but of pure musk, and free from all natural impurities, defects, and inconveniences. They will be beautiful and modest and secluded from public view in pavilions of hollow pearls. The pleasures of Paradise will be so overwhelming that God will give to everyone the potentialities of a hundred individuals. To each individuals a large mansion will be assigned, and the very meanest will have at his disposal at least 80,000 servants and seventy-two wives of the girls of Paradise. While eating they will be waited on by 300 attendants, the food being served in dishes of gold, whereof 300 shall be set before him at once, containing each a different kind of food, and an inexhaustible supply of wine and liquors. The magnificence of the garments and gems is conformable to the delicacy of their diet. For they will be clothed in the richest silks and brocades, and adorned with bracelets of gold and silver, and crowns set with pearls, and will make use of silken carpets, couches, pillows, etc., and in order that they may enjoy all these pleasures, God will grant them perpetual youth, beauty, and vigour. Music and singing will also be ravishing and everlasting" (Wollaston, "Muhammed, His Life and Doctrines").

The Mohammedan doctrine of predestination is equivalent to fatalism. They believe in God's absolute decree and predetermination both of good and of evil ; viz., whatever has been or shall be in the world, whether good or bad, proceeds entirely from the Divine will, and is irrevocably fixed and recorded from all eternity. The possession and the exercise of our own free will is, accordingly, futile and useless. The absurdity of this doctrine was felt by later Mohammedan theologians, who sought in vain by various subtile distinctions to minimize it.

(2) Practice

The five pillars of the practical and of the ritualistic side of Islam are the recital of the Creed and prayers, fasting, almsgiving, and the pilgrimage to Mecca.

The formula of the Creed has been given above, and its recital is necessary for salvation.

The daily prayers are five in number: before sunrise, at midday, at four in the afternoon, at sunset, and shortly before midnight. The forms of prayer and the postures are prescribed in a very limited Koranic liturgy. All prayers must be made looking towards Mecca, and must be preceded by washing, neglect of which renders the prayers of no effect. Public prayer is made on Friday in the mosque, and is led by an imâm. Only men attend the public prayers, as women seldom pray even at home. Prayers for the dead are meritorious and commended.

Fasting is commended at all seasons, but prescribed only in the month of Ramadan. It begins at sunrise and ends at sunset, and is very rigorous, especially when the fasting season falls in summer. At the end of Ramadan comes the great feast-day, generally called Bairam, or Fitr, i.e., "Breaking of the Fast". The other great festival is that of Azha, borrowed with modifications from the Jewish Day of Atonement.

Almsgiving is highly commended: on the feast-day after Ramadan it is obligatory, and is to be directed to the "faithful" (Mohammedans) only.

Pilgrimage to Mecca once in a lifetime is a duty incumbent on every free Moslem of sufficient means and bodily strength; the merit of it cannot be obtained by deputy, and the ceremonies are strictly similar to those performed by the Prophet himself ( see MECCA ). Pilgrimages to the tombs of saints are very common nowadays, especially in Persia and India, although they were absolutely forbidden by Mohammed.

(2) Morals

It is hardly necessary here to emphasize the fact that the ethics of Islam are far inferior to those of Judaism and even more inferior to those of the New Testament. Furthermore, we cannot agree with Noldeke when he maintains that, although in many respects the ethics of Islam are not to be compared even with such Christianity as prevailed, and still prevails, in the East, nevertheless, in other points, the new faith — simple, robust, in the vigour of its youth — far surpassed the religion of the Syrian and Egyptian Christians, which was in a stagnating condition, and steadily sinking lower and lower into the depths of barbarism (op. cit., Wollaston, 71, 72). The history and the development, as well as the past and present religious, social, and ethical condition of all the Christian nations and countries, no matter of what sect or school they may be, as compared with these of the various Mohammedan countries, in all ages, is a sufficient refutation of Noldeke's assertion. That in the ethics of Islam there is a great deal to admire and to approve, is beyond dispute; but of originality or superiority, there is none. What is really good in Mohammedan ethics is either commonplace or borrowed from some other religions, whereas what is characteristic is nearly always imperfect or wicked.

The principal sins forbidden by Mohammed are idolatry and apostasy, adultery, false witness against a brother Moslem, games of chance, the drinking of wine or other intoxicants, usury, and divination by arrows. Brotherly love is confined in Islam to Mohammedans. Any form of idolatry or apostasy is severely punished in Islam, but the violation of any of the other ordinances is generally allowed to go unpunished, unless it seriously conflicts with the social welfare or the political order of the State. Among other prohibitions mention must be made of the eating of blood, of swine's flesh, of whatever dies of itself, or is slain in honour of any idol, or is strangled, or killed by a blow, or a fall, or by another beast. In case of dire necessity, however, these restrictions may be dispensed with. Infanticide, extensively practiced by the pre-Islamic Arabs, is strictly forbidden by Mohammed, as is also the sacrificing of children to idols in fulfilment of vows, etc. The crime of infanticide commonly took the form of burying newborn females, lest the parents should be reduced to poverty by providing for them, or else that they might avoid the sorrow and disgrace which would follow, if their daughters should be made captives or become scandalous by their behaviour.

Religion and the State are not separated in Islam. Hence Mohammedan jurisprudence, civil and criminal, is mainly based on the Koran and on the "Traditions". Thousands of judicial decisions are attributed to Mohammed and incorporated in the various collections of Hadith. Mohammed commanded reverence and obedience to parents, and kindness to wives and slaves. Slander and backbiting are strongly denounced, although false evidence is allowed to hide a Moslem's crime and to save his reputation or life.

As regards marriage, polygamy, and divorce, the Koran explicitly (sura iv, v. 3) allows four lawful wives at a time, whom the husband may divorce whenever he pleases. Slave-mistresses and concubines are permitted in any number. At present, however, owing to economic reasons, concubinage is not as commonly practiced as Western popular opinion seems to hold. Seclusion of wives is commanded, and in case of unfaithfulness, the wife's evidence, either in her own defense or against her husband, is not admitted, while that of the husband invariably is. In this, as in there judicial cases, the evidence of two women, if admitted, is sometimes allowed to be worth that of one man. The man is allowed to repudiate his wife on the slightest pretext, but the woman is not permitted even to separate herself from her husband unless it be for ill-usage, want of proper maintenance, or neglect of conjugal duty ; and even then she generally loses her dowry, when she does not if divorced by her husband, unless she has been guilty of immodesty or notorious disobedience. Both husband and wife are explicitly forbidden by Mohammed to seek divorce on any slight occasion or the prompting of a whim, but this warning was not heeded either by Mohammed himself or by his followers. A divorced wife, in order to ascertain the paternity of a possible or probable offspring, must wait three months before she marries again. A widow, on the other hand, must wait four months and ten days. Immorality in general is severely condemned and punished by the Koran, but the moral laxity and depraved sensualism of the Mohammedans at large have practically nullified its effects.

Slavery is not only tolerated in the Koran, but is looked upon as a practical necessity, while the manumission of slaves is regarded as a meritorious deed. It must be observed, however, that among Mohammedans, the children of slaves and of concubines are generally considered equally legitimate with those of legal wives, none being accounted bastards except such as are born of public prostitutes, and whose fathers are unknown. The accusation often brought against the Koran that it teaches that women have no souls is without foundation. The Koranic law concerning inheritance insists that women and orphans be treated with justice and kindness. Generally speaking, however, males are entitled to twice as much as females. Contracts are to be conscientiously drawn up in the presence of witnesses. Murder, manslaughter, and suicide are explicitly forbidden, although blood revenge is allowed. In case of personal injury, the law of retaliation is approved.

In conclusion, reference must be made here to the sacred months, and to the weekly holy day. The Arabs had a year of twelve lunar months, and this, as often as seemed necessary, they brought roughly into accordance with the solar year by the intercalation of a thirteenth month. The Mohammedan year, however, has a mean duration of 354 days, and is ten or eleven days shorter than the solar year, and Mohammedan festivals, accordingly, move in succession through all the seasons.

The Mohammedan Era begins with the Hegira, which is assumed to have taken place on the 16th day of July, A.D. 622. To find what year of the Christian Era (A.D.) is represented by a given year of the Mohammedan Era (A.H.), the rule is: Subtract from the Mohammedan date the product of three times the last completed number of centuries, and add 621 to the remainder. (This rule, however, gives an exact result only for the first day of a Mohammedan century. Thus, e.g., the first day of the fourteenth century came in the course of the year of Our Lord 1883.) The first, seven, eleventh and twelfth months of the Mohammedan year are sacred; during these months it is not lawful to wage war. The twelfth month is consecrated to the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, and, in order to protect pilgrims, the preceding (eleventh) month and the following (first of the new year) are also inviolable. The seventh month is reserved for the fast which Mohammed substituted for a month (the ninth) devoted by the Arabs in pre-Islamic times to excessive eating and drinking. Mohammed selected Friday as the sacred day of the week, and several fanciful reasons are adduced by the Prophet himself and by his followers for the selection; the most probable motive was the desire to have a holy day different from that of the Jews and that of the Christians. It is certain, however, that Friday was a day of solemn gatherings and public festivities among the pre-Islamic Arabs. Abstinence from work is not enjoined on Friday, but it is commanded that public prayers and worship must be performed on that day. Another custom dating from antiquity and still universally observed by all Mohammedans, although not explicitly enjoined in the Koran, is circumcision. It is looked upon as a semi-religious practice, and its performance is preceded and accompanied by great festivities.

In matters political Islam is a system of despotism at home and aggression abroad. The Prophet commanded absolute submission to the imâm. In no case was the sword to be raised against him. The rights of non-Moslem subjects are of the vaguest and most limited kind, and a religious war is a sacred duty whenever there is a chance of success against the "Infidel". Medieval and modern Mohammedan, especially Turkish, persecutions of both Jews and Christians are perhaps the best illustration of this fanatical religious and political spirit.

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Physiologist and comparative anatomist, b. at Coblenz, 14 July, 1801; d. at Berlin, 28 April, ...

Müller, Johann

(Regiomontanus). German astronomer, b. in or near Königsberg, a small town in lower ...

Müller, Karl

Professor at Düsseldorf, b. at Darmstadt, 29 Oct., 1818; d. at Neuenahr, 15 Aug., 1893, ...

Münch-Bellinghausen, Baron Eligius Franz Joseph von

(Pseudonym: FRIEDRICH HALM) An Austrian dramatist, born at Cracow, 2 April, 1806; died at ...

Münster

D IOCESE OF M ÜNSTER (M ONASTERIENSIS ). Diocese in the Prussian Province of ...

Münster, University of

The town of Münster in Westphalia obtained its university in 1771 through the initiative ...

Müntz, Eugène

French savant and historian; b. at Soulz-sous--Forêts, near Mülhausen, Alsace, 11 ...

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Maassen, Friedrich Bernard Christian

Professor of law, born 24 September, 1823, at Wismar (Mecklenburg); died 9 April, 1900, at ...

Mabillon, Jean

Benedictine monk of the Congregation of Saint-Maur, born at Saint-Pierremont between Mouzon and ...

Mabinogion

A collection of medieval Welsh tales in prose. The word is a derivation of the mab , "son", ...

Macao

(MACAOENSIS). Diocese ; suffragan of Goa, founded 23 January, 1575, by the Bull "Super ...

Macarius

The name of two celebrated contemporary Nitrian monks of the fourth century: Macarius the ...

Macarius Magnes

A Christian apologist of the end of the fourth century. Some authorities regard the words ...

Macarius of Antioch

A Patriarch, deposed in 681. Macarius's dignity seems to have been a purely honorary one, for ...

Macarius, Saint

Bishop of Jerusalem (312-34). The date of Macarius's accession to the episcopate is found in ...

Maccabee, Judas

Third son of the priest Mathathias who with his family was the centre and soul of the ...

Maccabees, The

(Greek Hoi Makkabaioi ; Latin Machabei ; most probably from Aramaic maqqaba ="hammer"). ...

Maccabees, The Books of

The title of four books, of which the first and second only are regarded by the Church as ...

MacCaghwell, Hugh

(Cavellus). Archbishop and theologian, born at Saul, Co. Down, 1571; died 22 September, 1626. He ...

MacCarthy, Bartholomew

Irish scholar and chronologist, b. at Conna, Ballynoe, Co. Cork, 12 Dec., 1843; d. at ...

MacCarthy, Denis Florence

Well-known Irish poet of the nineteenth century, born in Lower O'Connell Street, Dublin, 26 ...

MacCarthy, Nicholas Tuite

Called the Abbé de Lévignac, born in Dublin on 19 May, 1769; died at Annécy, ...

MacCuilenan, Cormac

(836-908). An Irish bishop and King of Cashel, Cormac MacCquilenan was of the race of ...

MacDonald, John

Laird of Glenaladale and Glenfinnan, philanthropist, colonizer, soldier, born in Glenaladale, ...

MacDonell, Alexander

First Bishop of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, b. 17 July 1760, at Inchlaggan in Glengarry, ...

Mace

(1) A short, richly ornamented staff, often made of silver, the upper part furnished with a knob ...

Macedo, Francisco

Known as a S. Augustino, O.F.M., theologian, born at Coimbra, Portugal, 1596; he entered the ...

Macedonians

(Macedonians) A heretical sect which flourished in the countries adjacent to the Hellespont ...

Macerata and Tolentino

Located in the Marches, Central Italy. Macerata is a provincial capital, situated on a hill, ...

MacFarland, Francis Patrick

Third Bishop of Hartford born at Franklin, Pennsylvania, 16 April, 1819; died at Hartford, ...

MacGeoghegan, James

Born at Uisneach, Westmeath, Ireland, 1702; died at Paris, 1763. He came of a long family long ...

Machabees, The

(Greek Hoi Makkabaioi ; Latin Machabei ; most probably from Aramaic maqqaba ="hammer"). ...

Machabees, The Books of

The title of four books, of which the first and second only are regarded by the Church as ...

Machabeus, Judas

Third son of the priest Mathathias who with his family was the centre and soul of the ...

MacHale, John

Born March 6, 1791 at Tubbernavine, Co. Mayo, Ireland ; died at Tuam, November 4, 1881. He ...

Machiavelli

Historian and statesman, b. at Florence, 3 May, 1469; d. there, 22 June, 1527. His family is ...

Machpelah

The burial-place in the vicinity of ancient Hebron which Abraham bought from Ephron the Hethite ...

Machutus, Saint

(Maclovius; Malo). Born about the year 520 probably in Wales and baptized by St. Brendan . ...

Mackenzie

This vicariate which was detached from the Athabaska-Mackenzie Vicariate in 1901 and intrusted to ...

Maclovius, Saint

(Maclovius; Malo). Born about the year 520 probably in Wales and baptized by St. Brendan . ...

MacMahon, Heber

( Also EMER or EVER). Bishop of Clogher, Ireland, and patriotic leader, born at Farney, ...

MacMahon, Marie-Edmé-Patrice-Maurice de

Duc de Magenta, Marshal of France, President of the French Republic; born at Sully, ...

MacNeven, William James

Distinguished Irish-American physician and medical educator, b. at Ballynahowna, near Aughrim, ...

Macri

(or MACRAS?) A titular see in Mauretania Sitifiensis. This town figures only in the "Notitia ...

Macrina the Elder, Saint

Our knowledge of the life of the elder Macrina is derived mainly from the testimony of the ...

Macrina the Younger, Saint

Born about 330; died 379. She was the eldest child of Basil and Elder Emmelia, the granddaugher of ...

Mactaris

A titular see of the Byzantine Empire. This town is not spoken of by any ancient geographers ...

Madagascar

On the second day of March, 1500, a fleet of thirteen ships, commanded by Pedro Alvarez Cabral, ...

Madaurus

A titular see of Numidia. It was an old Numidian town which, having once belonged to the Kingdom ...

Maderna, Carlo

(1556-1629) known principally by his extension of St. Peter's, at the command of the pope, from ...

Maderno, Stefano

(1576-1636), a sculptor of the Roman School and of the era just preceding Bernini, his ...

Madianites

(In Authorized Version M IDIANITES ). An Arabian tribe ( Septuagint Madienaîoi ...

Madras

(MADRASPATAM; MADRASPATANA) Archdiocese in India. Its area is about 40,350 square miles, and ...

Madrid-Alcalá

(M ATRITENSIS -A LACHENSIS, or C OMPLUTENSUS : Complutum being the name given by the Romans ...

Madruzzi, Christopher

Born of a noble family of Trent, 5 July, 1512; died at Tivoli, Italy, 5 July, 1578. He studied ...

Madura Mission

As shown in the "Atlas Geographicus S.J.", the ancient Jesuit missions in India under the ...

Maedoc, Saint

(MOEDHOG, MOGUE, ÆDDAN FOEDDOG, AIDUS, HUGH) First Bishop of Ferns, in Wexford, b. ...

Maelruan, Saint

(Maolruain, Melruan, Molruan). Founder and first Abbot of Tamalcht (Tallacht), in the County of ...

Maelrubha, Saint

(MA-RUI, MOLROY, ERREW, SUMMARYRUFF, also SAGART-RUADH) An abbot and martyr, founder of ...

Maerlant, Jacob van

The greatest Flemish poet of the Middle Ages, b. about 1235; d. after 1291. Of his life little ...

Maestro di Camera del Papa

In former times there were four so-called palace prelates ( prelati palatini ): the Major ...

Maffei, Bernardino

Poet, orator, and antiquarian, b. at Bergamo, 27 Jan., 1514; d. at Rome, 1 Aug., 1549. He studied ...

Maffei, Francesco

Italian painter, b. at Vicenza ; d. at Padua, 1660. His influence upon the art of his own and ...

Maffei, Marchese Francesco Scipione

Italian littérateur and archaeologist, b. at Verona, 1 June, 1675; d. there, 11 Feb., ...

Maffei, Raffaelo

Humanist, historian and theologian, b. 17 February, 1451; d. 25 January, 1522. He was a native of ...

Magaud, Antoine-Dominique

French painter, b. at Marseilles 1817; d. there, 1899. He studied in Paris under Léon ...

Magdala

( Hebrew Migdal = tower, fortress; Aramaic Magdala ; Greek Magdala ). It is perhaps the ...

Magdalens

The members of certain religious communities of penitent women who desired to reform their ...

Magdeburg

Capital of the Prussian Province of Saxony, situated on the Elbe; pop. 241,000; it is noted for ...

Mageddo

Chanaanite city, called in Hebrew, Megiddo ; in Septuagint, Mageddó(n) ; in ...

Magellan, Ferdinand

(Portuguese Fernão Magalhaes ). The first circumnavigator of the real world; born ...

Magi

(Plural of Latin magus ; Greek magoi ). The "wise men from the East" who came to adore ...

Magin Catalá

Born at Montblanch, Catalonia, Spain, 29 or 30 January, 1761; died at Santa Clara, California, ...

Maginn, Edward

Coadjutor Bishop of Derry, b. at Fintona, Ireland, 16 Dec., 1802; d. at Derry, 17 January, ...

Magisterium and Tradition

The word tradition (Greek paradosis ) in the ecclesiastical sense, which is the only one in ...

Magistris, Simone de

Born in 1728; died 6 October, 1802; a priest of the Oratorio di S. Filippo Neri, at Rome, whom ...

Magliabechi, Antonio

Italian scholar and librarian, b. 20 Oct., 1633, at Florence ; d. there, 4 July, 1714. He was ...

Magna Carta

The charter of liberties granted by King John of England in 1215 and confirmed with ...

Magnesia

A titular see in Lydia, suffragan of Ephesus, lying about 40 miles north-east of Smyrna and ...

Magnien, Alphonse

An educator of the clergy, born at Bleymard, in the Diocese of Mende , France, 9 June, 1837; ...

Magnificat

The title commonly given to the Latin text and vernacular translation of the Canticle (or Song) ...

Magnus, Olaus

Swedish historian and geographer, b. at Skeninge, Sweden, 1490; d. at Rome, 1 Aug., 1558 [or ...

Magnus, Saint

(MAGNOALDUS, MAGINALDUS, popularly known as ST. MANG) An apostle of the Algäu, d. about ...

Magnus, Valerianus

(M AGNI ) Born at Milan, 1586, presumably of the noble family of de Magni; died at ...

Magrath, John Macrory

Born in Munster, Ireland, in the fifteenth century; date and place of death unknown. Like many ...

Magydus

A titular see of Pamphylia Secunda, suffragan of Perga. It was a small town with no history, on ...

Mahony, Ven. Charles

Irish Franciscan martyr ; b. after 1639; d. at Ruthin, Denbighshire, 12 August, 1679. The British ...

Mai, Angelo

Roman cardinal and celebrated philologist, b. at Schilpario, in the Diocese of Bergamo, 7 March ...

Maignan, Emmanuel

French physicist and theologian ; b. at Toulouse, 17 July, 1601; d. at Toulouse, 29 October, ...

Mailla, Joseph-Anna-Marie de Moyria de

Jesuit missionary; b. 16 Dec., 1669, at Château Maillac on the Isère; d. 28 June, ...

Maillard, Antoine-Simon

Missionary b. in France (parentage, place and date of birth unknown); d. 12 August, 1762. He ...

Maillard, Oliver

Celebrated preacher, b. at Juignac, (?), Brittany, about 1430; d. at Toulouse, 22 July, 1502. He ...

Maimbourg, Louis

French church historian, b. at Nancy, 10 January, 1610; d. at Paris, 13 August, 1686. In 1626 he ...

Maimonides, Teaching of Moses

Moses ben Maimun (Arabic, Abu Amran Musa), Jewish commentator and philosopher, was born of ...

Maina Indians

(Also M AYNA ) A group of tribes constituting a distinct linguistic stock, the Mainan, ...

Maine

Maine is commonly known as the Pine Tree State, but is sometimes called the Star in the East. ...

Maine de Biran, François-Pierre-Gonthier

A philosopher ; born at Grateloup near Bergerac, Dordogne, France, 29 November, 1766; died at ...

Maintenon, Françoise, Marquise de

Born at Niort, 28 November 1635; died at Saint-Cyr, 15 April 1719. She was the granddaughter of ...

Mainz

German town and bishopric in Hesse [now Rhineland-Palatine -- Ed. ]; formerly the seat of an ...

Maipure Indians

(Maypure) A former important group of tribes on the Upper Orinoco River, from above the Meta ...

Maisonneuve, Paul de Chomedey de

Founder of Montreal, b. in Champagne, France, early in the seventeenth century; d. in Paris, 9 ...

Maistre, Joseph-Marie, Comte de

French philosophical writer, b. at Chambéry, in Savoy, in 1753, when Savoy did not ...

Maistre, Xavier de

French romance writer, younger brother of Joseph-Marie, Comte de Maistre , b. at Chambery, ...

Maitland

(MAITLANDENSIS) Located in New South Wales. Maitland, the principal settlement on Hunter ...

Majano, Benedetto da

A well-known Florentine sculptor and architect of the Renaissance, b. at Majano, Tuscany. ...

Majella, St. Gerard

Born in Muro, about fifty miles south of Naples, in April, 1726; died 16 October, 1755; ...

Majorca and Iviza

(MAJORICENSIS ET IBUSENSIS) A suffragan of Valencia, with the episcopal residence at Palma on ...

Majordomo

(Latin, Major domus ; Italian, Maggiordomo ). The majordomo or chief steward of the ...

Majority

( Latin majoritas ) Majority, the state of a person or thing greater, or superior, in ...

Majunke, Paul

Catholic journalist, born at Gross-Schmograu in Silesia, 14 July, 1842; died at Hochkirch near ...

Malabar

In its narrower application Malabar was the name of a district of India stretching about 145 ...

Malabar Rites

A conventional term for certain customs or practices of the natives of South India, which the ...

Malacca

(Malacensis) The Diocese of Malacca comprises the southern portions of the Malay Peninsula, ...

Malachias

( Hebrew Mál'akhî ), one of the twelve minor prophets. I. PERSONAGE AND NAME It ...

Malachy, Saint

St. Malachy, whose family name was O'Morgair, was born in Armagh in 1094. St. Bernard describes ...

Malaga

Diocese of Malaga (Malacitana). Diocese in Spain, by the Concordat of 1851 made a suffragan ...

Malagrida, Gabriel

A Jesuit missionary to Brazil, b. 18 September or 6 December, 1689, at Menaggio, in Italy ; ...

Malatesta, House of

The name of an Italian family prominent in the history of the fourteenth and fifteenth ...

Malchus

(Málchos). Greek form of M ALLUCH (i.e. counsellor), a name common in the Semitic ...

Maldonado, Juan

(MALDONATUS) A theologian and exegete, b. in 1533 at Casas de Reina, in the district of ...

Malebranche, Nicolas

A philosopher and theologian, priest of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri ; b. at Paris, 6 ...

Malediction (in Scripture)

Four principal words are rendered maledictio in the Vulgate, "curse" in Douay Version : (1) ...

Malherbe, François

French poet, b. at Caen, Normandy, in 1555; d. at Paris, 16 October, 1628. He was the eldest son ...

Maliseet Indians

Also MALECITE, MALESCHITE and AMALECITE, the last being the official Canadian form. A tribe ...

Mallard, Ernest-François

A French mineralogist, b. 4 February, 1833, at Châteauneuf-sur-Cher; d. 6 July, 1894, in ...

Mallinckrodt, Herman von

German parliamentarian; born 5 Feb., 1821, at Minden, Westphalia ; died 26 May, 1874, at Berlin. ...

Mallinckrodt, Pauline

A sister of the Catholic political leader Hermann Mallinckrodt , and foundress of the Sisters ...

Malling Abbey

An abbey of Benedictine nuns, at West Malling in the County of Kent, England. The earliest ...

Mallory, Stephen Russell

An American statesman; born in the Island of Trinidad, W. I., 1813; died at Pensacola, Florida, ...

Mallus

A titular see of Cilicia Prima, suffragan of Tarsus. According to legend, Mallus founded by ...

Malmesbury

A small decayed market town in Wiltshire, England, ninety-five miles west of London, formerly the ...

Malmesbury, The Monk of

Supposed author of a chronicle among the Cottonian manuscripts in the British Museum (Vesp. D. ...

Malo, Saint

(Maclovius; Malo). Born about the year 520 probably in Wales and baptized by St. Brendan . ...

Malone, William

Jesuit missioner and writer; born according to the best authorities, in 1585; died at Seville, ...

Malory, Sir Thomas

Of Malory no single biographical statement is beyond conjecture save that he was a knight, that ...

Malpighi, Marcello

Founder of comparative physiology, b. at Crevalcore, 10 March, 1628; d. at Rome, 29 Sept., 1694. ...

Malta

The group of Maltese islands, including Malta (91.5 sq. m.), Gozo (24 3/4 sq. m.), Comine (1 sq. ...

Malta, Knights of

(Also known as K NIGHTS OF M ALTA ). The most important of all the military orders, both ...

Maltret, Claude

(Or M ALTRAIT ) French Jesuit, b. at Puy, 3 Oct., 1621; d. Toulouse, 3 Jan., 1674. He entered ...

Malvenda, Thomas

An exegete and historical critic, b. at Jativa, Valencia, 1566; d. 7 May, 1628. He entered the ...

Malvern

Located in Worcestershire, England, a district covered by a lofty range between the Severn and ...

Mamachi, Thomas Maria

Dominican theologian and historian, born at Chios in the Archipelago, 4 December, 1713; died at ...

Mame, Alfred-Henri-Amand

Printer and publisher, b. at Tours, 17 Aug., 1811; d. at Tours, 12 April, 1893. The founder ...

Mameluco

(From the Arabic, memluk , "slave", the household cavalry of the former sultans of Egypt, ...

Mamertine Prison

The so-called "Mamertine Prison ", beneath the church of S. Giuseppe dei Falegnami, via di ...

Mamertus, Claudianus

(The name Ecdicius is unauthorized). A Gallo-Roman theologian and the brother of St. ...

Mamertus, Saint

Bishop of Vienne, date of birth unknown; died shortly after 475. Concerning the life of ...

Mammon

Mamona ; the spelling Mammona is contrary to the textual evidence and seems not to occur in ...

Man

(Anglo-Saxon man =a person, human being; supposed root man =to think; German, Mann , ...

Manahem

(From a Hebrew meaning "the consoler"; Septuagint, Manaem ; Aquila, Manaen .) Manahem ...

Manahen, Saint

( Manaen ) A member of the Church of Antioch , foster-brother, or household-friend ( ...

Manasses

The name of seven persons of the Bible , a tribe of Israel , and one of the apocryphal ...

Mance, Jeanne

Foundress of the Montreal Hôtel-Dieu, and one of the first women settlers in Canada, b. ...

Manchester

(MANCHESTERIENSIS) A suffragan of the Archdiocese of Boston, U.S.A. The city of Manchester is ...

Manchuria

A north-eastern division of the Chinese Empire and the cradle of the present [1910] imperial ...

Mandan Indians

A formerly important, but now reduced, tribe occupying jointly with the Hidatsa (Minitari or ...

Mandeville, Jean de

(MAUNDEVILLE, MONTEVILLA) The author of a book of travels much read in the Middle Ages, died ...

Manfredonia

(SIPONTINA) The city of Manfredonia is situated in the province of Foggia in Apulia, Central ...

Mangalore

(M ANGALORENSIS ) Diocese on the west coast of India, suffragan of Bombay. It comprises the ...

Mangan, James Clarence

Irish poet, b. in Dublin, 1 May, 1803; d. there, 20 June, 1849. He was the son of James Mangan, ...

Manharter

A politico-religious sect which arose in Tyrol in the first half of the nineteenth century. Its ...

Manichæism

Manichæism is a religion founded by the Persian Mani in the latter half of the third ...

Manifestation of Conscience

(RATIO CONSCIENTIÆ) A practice in many religious orders and congregations, by which ...

Manila

(DE MANILA) This archdiocese comprises the city of Manila, the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, ...

Manila Observatory

Founded by Father Frederic Faura, S.J., in 1865; constituted officially The Philippine Weather ...

Maniple

Form, Material, and Use The maniple is an ornamental vestment in the form of a band, a little ...

Manitoba

One of the smallest, but economically and historically one of the most important, of the Canadian ...

Mann, Theodore Augustine

English naturalist and historian, b. in Yorkshire, 22 June, 1735; d. at Prague in Bohemia, 23 ...

Manna

(Greek man, manna ; Latin man, manna ). The food miraculously sent to the Israelites ...

Manning, Henry Edward

Cardinal Priest of Sts. Andrew and Gregory on the Coelian Hill and second Archbishop of ...

Mannyng, Robert

Poet. He came from Bourne in Lincolnshire, England. From his own account he entered the house of ...

Mansard, François

(Also spelled Mansart ). French architect, born in Paris, probably of Italian stock, in ...

Mansard, Jules

French architect, grand-nephew of François, was originally Jules Hardouin, but took the ...

Mansi, Gian Domenico

Italian prelate and scholar born at Lucca, of a patrician family, 16 February, 1692; died ...

Mantegna, Andrea

Italian painter ; born according to some authorities, at Vicenza, according to others at ...

Mantelletta

An outer vestment reaching to the knees, open in front, with slits instead of sleeves on the ...

Mantua

Diocese of Mantua (Mantuana), in Lombardy. The city is situated on the Mincio River, which ...

Mantuanus, Baptista

(Or SPAGNOLI). Carmelite and Renaissance poet, born at Mantua, 17 April, 1447, where he also ...

Manu, The Laws of

"The Laws of Manu" is the English designation commonly applied to the "Manava Dharma-sastra", a ...

Manuel Chysoloras

First teacher of Greek in Italy, born at Constantinople about the middle of the fourteenth ...

Manuscripts

Every book written by hand on flexible material and intended to be placed in a library is called ...

Manuscripts of the Bible

Manuscripts are written, as opposed to printed, copies of the original text or of a version ...

Manuscripts, Illuminated

I. ORIGIN A large number of manuscripts are covered with painted ornaments which may be ...

Manuterge

The name given to the towel used by the priest when engaged liturgically. There are two kinds of ...

Manutius, Aldus

(Aldo Manuzio). Scholar and printer; born in 1450, at Sermoneta, near Rome ; died in 1515. He ...

Manzoni, Alessandro

Italian poet and novelist, b. at Milan, 7 March, 1785; d. 22 May, 1873. He was the son of Pietro ...

Map, Walter

(Sometimes wrongly written M APS ) Archdeacon of Oxford, b. at, or in the vicinity of, ...

Maphrian

The Syriac word mafriano signifies one who fructifies, a consecrator. It is used to designate ...

Maréchal, Ambrose

The third Archbishop of Baltimore ; born at Ingres near Orléans, France, 28 August, ...

Maran, Prudentius

A learned Benedictine of the Maurist Congregation, b. 14 October, 1683, at Sezanne, in the ...

Marash

An Armenian Catholic Diocese. The ancient name of this village was most probably Germanicia, ...

Maratta, Carlo

An Italian painter, b. at Camerino, in the Rome, 15 December, 1713. From very early years ...

Marbodius

Bishop of Rennes, ecclesiastical writer and hymnologist, b. about 1035 at Angers, France, d. ...

Marca, Pierre de

French bishop and scholar, b. at Gan in Béarn, 24 Jan., 1594, of a family distinguished ...

Marcellian and Mark, Saints

Martyred at Rome under Diocletian towards the end of the third century, most likely in 286. ...

Marcellina, Saint

The only sister of St. Ambrose of Milan , b. about 330-5; d. about 398. She was older than St. ...

Marcellinus Comes

Latin chronicler of the sixth century. He was an Illyrian by birth, but spent his life at the ...

Marcellinus of Civezza, O.F.M.

(In the world PITRO RANISE) Modern Franciscan author, born at Civezza in Liguria, Italy, 29 ...

Marcellinus, Flavius

Date of birth unknown; died 12 September, 413. He was a high official ( tribunus et notarius ) ...

Marcellinus, Pope

Date of birth unknown; elected 30 June, 296; died 304. According to the "Liber Pontificalis" he ...

Marcello, Benedetto

Born in Venice in 1696; died at Brescia in July, 1739. Marcello's life was a strange mixture of ...

Marcellus I, Saint, Pope

His date of birth unknown; elected pope in May or June, 308; died in 309. For some time after ...

Marcellus II, Pope

(MARCELLO CERVINI DEGLI SPANNOCHI) Born 6 May, 1501, at Montepulciano in Tuscany ; died 6 ...

Marcellus of Ancyra

One of the bishops present at the Councils of Ancyra and of Nicaea, a strong opponent of ...

March, Auzias

A Catalan poet, b. perhaps in the last quarter of the fourteenth century, at Valencia ; d. there ...

Marchand, Jean Baptiste

Second principal in order of succession of the Sulpician College of Montreal and missionary of ...

Marchant, Peter

A theologian, b. at Couvin, a village in the principality of Liège, in 1585; d. at ...

Marchesi, Pompeo

A Lombard sculptor of the neoclassic school, born at Saltrio, near Milan, 7 August, 1790; ...

Marchi, Giuseppe

An archeologist, born at Tolmezzo near Udine, 22 Feb., 1795; died at Rome, 10 Feb., 1860. He ...

Marcian

(M ARCIANUS, Markiânos ) Roman Emperor at Constantinople, b. in Thrace about 390; d. ...

Marciane

A titular see of Lycia, suffragan of Myra. It figures in the "Notitiae episcopatuum" from ...

Marcianopolis

A titular see in Lower Maesia, on the right bank of the Danube, so called by Trajan after his ...

Marcionites

Heretical sect founded in A.D. 144 at Rome by Marcion and continuing in the West for 300 ...

Marco Polo

Traveller; born at Venice in 1251; died there in 1324. His father Nicolo and his uncle Matteo, ...

Marcopois

A titular see of Asia Minor, suffragan of Edessa. The native name of this city is not known, ...

Marcosians

A sect of Valentinian Gnostics, founded by Marcus and combated at length by Irenaeus (Haer. ...

Marcoux, Joseph

A missionary among the Iroquois, b. in Canada, 16 March, 1791; d. there 29 May, 1855. He was ...

Marcus

The name of three leading Gnostics. I. The founder of the Marcosians and elder contemporary ...

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Roman Emperor, A.D. 161-180, born at Rome, 26 April, 121; died 17 March, 180. HIS EARLY LIFE ...

Marcus Diadochus

( Markos ho diadochos ) An obscure writer of the fourth century of whom nothing is known but ...

Marcus Eremita

( Markos ho eremites , or monachos , or asketes ). A theologian and ascetic writer ...

Marcus, Pope Saint

Date of birth unknown; consecrated 18 Jan., 336; d. 7 Oct., 336. After the death of Pope ...

Mardin

A residential Armenian archbishopric, a Chaldean bishopric, and a residential Syrian bishopric ...

Marenco

(1) Carlo Italian dramatist, born at Cassolo (or Cassolnuovo) in Piedmont in 1800; died at ...

Marenzio, Luca

Musical composer, born in 1550 at Coccaglia, near Brescia ; died at Rome 1599. His chief legacy ...

Margaret Clitherow, Saint

Martyr, called the "Pearl of York", born about 1556; died 25 March 1586. She was a daughter of ...

Margaret Colona, Blessed

Poor Clare, born in Rome, date uncertain; died there, 20 September, 1284. Her parents died in ...

Margaret Haughery

Margaret Haughery, "the mother of the orphans ", as she was familiarly styled, b. in Cavan, ...

Margaret Mary, Saint

Religious of the Visitation Order. Apostle of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, born ...

Margaret of Cortona, Saint

A penitent of the Third Order of St. Francis, born at Laviano in Tuscany in 1247; died at ...

Margaret of Hungary, Blessed

Daughter of King Bela I of Hungary and his wife Marie Laskaris, born 1242; died 18 Jan., 1271. ...

Margaret of Lorraine, Blessed

Duchess d'Alencon, religious of the order of Poor Clares, born in 1463 at the castle of ...

Margaret of Savoy, Blessed

Marchioness of Montferrat, born at Pignerol in 1382; died at Alba, 23 November, 1464. She was the ...

Margaret of Scotland, Saint

Born about 1045, died 16 Nov., 1092, was a daughter of Edward "Outremere", or "the Exile", by ...

Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament

Carmelite nun, b. in Paris, 6 March, 1590; d. there 24 May, 1660. She was the second daughter of ...

Margaret Pole, Blessed

Countess of Salisbury, martyr ; b. at Castle Farley, near Bath, 14 August, 1473; martyred at ...

Margaret, Saint

Virgin and martyr ; also called M ARINA ; belonged to Pisidian Antioch in Asia Minor, where ...

Margaritae

(DECRETI DECRETORUM DECRETALIUM). The canonists of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries who ...

Margil, Antonio

Born at Valencia, Spain, 18 August, 1657; died at Mexico, 6 Aug., 1726. He entered the ...

Margotti, Giacomo

A Catholic publicist, born 11 May, 1823; died 6 May, 1887. He was a native of San Remo, where ...

Maria de Agreda

(Or, according to her conventual title, Maria of Jesus) A discalced Franciscan nun ; born ...

Maria Theresa

Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, Archduchess of Austria, Roman-German Empress, born 1717; died ...

Maria-Laach

(Abbatia Beatæ Marle Virginis ad lacum, or Beatæ Marle lacensis) A Benedictine ...

Mariales, Kantes

A Dominican, born about 1580; died at Venice in April, 1660. He was of a noble Venetian ...

Marian Priests

This term is applied to those English priests who being ordained in or before the reign of ...

Mariana

Archdiocese of Mariana (Marianensis). Mariana, situated in the centre of Minas Geraes, the ...

Mariana Islands

The Marianas Archipelago (also called the Ladrone Islands) is a chain of fifteen islands in the ...

Mariana, Juan

Author and Jesuit, b. at Talavern, Toledo, Spain, probably in April, 1536; d. at Toledo, 16 ...

Mariannhill, Congregation of the Missionaries of

Mariannhill is located in Natal, near Pinetown, 15 miles from Durban, and 56 from ...

Marianus of Florence

A Friar Minor and historian, born at Florence about the middle of the fifteenth century, exact ...

Marianus Scotus

There were two Irish scholars of this name who attained distinction in the eleventh century. Both ...

Marie Antoinette

Queen of France. Born at Vienna, 2 November, 1755; executed in Paris, 16 October, 1793. She was ...

Marie Christine of Savoy, Blessed

Born at Cagliari, Sardinia, 14 November, 1812; died at Naples, 31 January, 1836. She was the ...

Marie de France

A French poetess of the twelfth century. She has this trait in common with the other ...

Marie de l'Incarnation, Blessed

Known also as Madame Acarie, foundress of the French Carmel, born in Paris, 1 February, 1566; died ...

Marie de l'Incarnation, Venerable

(In the world, MARIE GUYARD). First superior of the Ursulines of Quebec , born at Tours, ...

Marienberg

A Benedictine abbey of the Congregation of St. Joseph near Mals, Tyrol (in Vintschau). The ...

Marignolli, Giovanni de'

Born at Florence about 1290; place and date of death unknown. When quite a youth he received the ...

Marina

(DE MARINIS) The name of an ancient and noble family of the Republic of Genoa, distinguished ...

Marina, Saint

Virgin and martyr ; also called M ARINA ; belonged to Pisidian Antioch in Asia Minor, where ...

Marini, Luigi Gaetano

A natural philosopher, jurist, historian, archeologist, born at Sant' Orcangelo (pagus ...

Marinus I, Pope

(882-884) There is reason for believing that Marinus I was elected on the very day of the ...

Marinus II, Pope

Reigned 942-946; died in April or May, 946. A Roman, and a cardinal of the title of St. ...

Mariotte, Edme

French physicist, b. at Dijon, France, about 1620; d. at Paris, 12 May, 1684. His residence was ...

Maris, Martha, Audifax, and Abachum, Saints

All martyred at Rome in 270. Maris and his wife Martha, who belonged to the Persian nobility, ...

Marisco, Adam de

(or ADAM MARSH) A Franciscan who probably came from the county of Somerset, but the date ...

Mariscotti, Saint Hyacintha

A religious of the Third Order of St. Francis and foundress of the Sacconi; born 1585 of a noble ...

Marius Aventicus, Saint

(Or AVENTICENSIS) Bishop of Avenches (Switzerland) and chronicler, born about 530 in the ...

Marius Maximus, Lucius Perpetuus Aurelianus

Roman historian, lived c. 165-230. No connected account of his life exists, but he is frequently ...

Marius Mercator

Ecclesiastical writer, born probably in Northern Africa about 390; died shortly after 451. In 417 ...

Mark and Marcellian, Saints

Martyred at Rome under Diocletian towards the end of the third century, most likely in 286. ...

Mark of Lisbon

(Properly MARCOS DA SILVA). Friar minor, historian, and Bishop of Oporto in Portugal, b. at ...

Mark, Gospel of

The subject will be treated under the following heads: I. Contents, Selection and Arrangement of ...

Mark, Pope Saint

Date of birth unknown; consecrated 18 Jan., 336; d. 7 Oct., 336. After the death of Pope ...

Mark, Saint

(Greek Markos , Latin Marcus ). It is assumed in this article that the individual ...

Maroni, Paul

Missionary, b. 1 Nov., 1695. He entered the Austrian province of the Jesuits on 27 Oct., 1712, ...

Maronia

A titular see in the province of Rhodopis, suffragan of Trajanopolis. The town is an ancient ...

Maronites

This article will give first the present state of the Maronite nation and Church ; after which ...

Marquesas Islands

(INSULARUM MARCHESI) Located in Polynesia, includes all the Marquesas Islands, eleven in ...

Marquette (Michigan)

(SAULT STE. MARIE and MARQUETTE, MARIANOPOLITANA ET MARQUETTENSIS) The Diocese comprises the ...

Marquette League

A society founded in New York, in May, 1904, by Rev. H.G. Ganss, of Lancaster, Pa., with a ...

Marquette University

Marquette University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is an outgrowth of Marquette College, which was ...

Marquette, Jacques

Jesuit missionary and discoverer of the Mississippi River, b. in 1636, at Laon, a town in north ...

Marriage Banns

(Latin bannum , pl. bann-a,-i from an Old English verb, bannan , to summon). In ...

Marriage, Civil

"Marriage", says Bishop, "as distinguished from the agreement to marry and from the act of ...

Marriage, History of

The word marriage may be taken to denote the action, contract, formality, or ceremony by which ...

Marriage, Mixed

(Latin Matrimonia mixta ). Technically, mixed marriages are those between Catholics and ...

Marriage, Moral and Canonical Aspect of

Marriage is that individual union through which man and woman by their reciprocal rights ...

Marriage, Mystical

In the Old and the New Testament , the love of God for man, and, in particular His relations ...

Marriage, Putative

Putative (Latin, putativus supposed) signifies that which is commonly thought, reputed, or ...

Marriage, Ritual of

The form for the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony, as it stands in the "Rituale Romanum" ...

Marriage, Sacrament of

That Christian marriage (i.e. marriage between baptized persons ) is really a sacrament of ...

Marriage, Validation of

Validation of marriage may be effected by a simple renewal of consent when its nullity arises ...

Marryat, Florence

Novelist and actress, b. 9 July, 1838, at Brighton, England ; d. 27 October 1899, in London, ...

Marseilles

Diocese of Marseilles (Massiliensis), suffragan of Aix, comprises the district of Marseilles in ...

Marshall Islands

(Vicariate Apostolic.) These islands, a German possession since 1885, lying in the Pacific ...

Marshall, Thomas William

Controversial writer, b. 1818; d. at Surbiton, Surrey, 14 Dec., 1877. He was son of John Marshall, ...

Marsi

(MARSORUM.) Diocese in the province of Aquila, Central Italy, with its seat at Pescina. With ...

Marsico Nuovo and Potenza

(MARSICENSIS ET POTENTINA) Suffragan diocese of Salerno. Marsico Nuevo is a city of the ...

Marsigli, Luigi Ferdinando, Count de

Italian geographer and naturalist, b. at Bologna 10 July, 1658; d. at Bologna 1 Nov., 1730. He ...

Marsilius of Padua

Physician and theologian, b. at Padua about 1270; d. about 1342. Contrary to the assertion of ...

Martène, Edmond

An historian and liturgist, born 22 December, 1654, at Saint-Jean-de-Losne near Dijon ; died 20 ...

Martín, Enrico

Date and place of birth unknown; d. in Mexico in 1632. According to some he was of Spanish ...

Martel, Charles

Born about 688; died at Quierzy on the Oise, 21 October, 741. He was the natural son of Pepin of ...

Martha, Maris, Audifax, and Abachum, Saints

All martyred at Rome in 270. Maris and his wife Martha, who belonged to the Persian nobility, ...

Martha, Saint

Mentioned only in Luke 10:38-42 ; and John 11, 12, sqq. The Aramaic form occurs in a ...

Martial, Saint

Bishop of Limoges in the third century. We have no accurate information as to the origin, ...

Martiall, John

(Or MARSHALL) Born in Worcestershire 1534, died at Lille, 3 April, 1597. He was one of the six ...

Martianay, Jean

Born 30 Dec., 1647, at Saint-Sever-Cap, Diocese of Aire ; died 16 June, 1717, at Saint ...

Martianus Capella

Roman writer of Africa who flourished in the fifth century. His work is entitled: "De nuptiis ...

Martigny, Joseph-Alexander

Canon of Belley, archaeologist; b. at Sauverny, Ain, in 1808; d at Belley, 19 August, 1880. He ...

Martin

Benedictine Abbot of the Schottenkloster of Vienna, b. about 1400; d. 28 July, 1464 (29 July ...

Martin I, Pope Saint

Martyr, born at Todi on the Tiber, son of Fabricius ; elected Pope at Rome, 21 July, 649, to ...

Martin II, Pope

Reigned 942-946; died in April or May, 946. A Roman, and a cardinal of the title of St. ...

Martin IV, Pope

(Simon de Brie). Born at the castle of Montpensier in the old French province of Touraine at ...

Martin of Braga

(Bracara; or, of Dumio). Bishop and ecclesiastical writer; b. about 520 in Pannonia; d. in ...

Martin of Leon, Saint

A priest and canon regular of the Augustinians ; b. at Leon in Spain ( Old Castile ) before ...

Martin of Tours, Saint

Bishop; born at Sabaria (today Steinamanger in German, or Szombathely in Hungarian ), Pannonia ...

Martin of Troppau

A chronicler, date of birth unknown; died 1278. His family name was Strebski, and, being by ...

Martin of Valencia, O.F.M.

(Juan Martin de Boil) Born at Villa de Valencia, Spain, about the middle of the fifteenth ...

Martin V, Pope

(Oddone Colonna) Born at Genazzano in the Campagna di Roma, 1368; died at Rome, 20 Feb., 1431. ...

Martin y Garcia, Luis

Twenty-fourth General of the Society of Jesus ; born of humble parentage at Melgar de ...

Martin, Felix

Antiquary, historiographer, architect, educationist, b. 4 October, 1804, at Auray, seat of the ...

Martin, Gregory

Translator of the Douai Version of the Bible from the Latin Vulgate ; b. in Maxfield, parish ...

Martin, Konrad

Bishop of Paderborn ; b. 18 May, 1812, at Geismar, Province of Saxony ; d. 16 July, 1879, at ...

Martin, Paulin

French Biblical scholar, born at Lacam, Lot, 20 July 1840; died at Amélie-les-Bains, ...

Martina, Saint

Roman virgin, martyred in 226, according to some authorities, more probably in 228, under the ...

Martini, Antonio

Archbishop of Florence, Biblical scholar; b. at Prato in Tuscany, 20 April, 1720; d. at ...

Martini, Martino

(Chinese name Wei ). Distinguished Austrian Jesuit missionary to the Chinese, in the ...

Martini, Simone

(Also known as SIMONE DI MARTINO, and as SIMONE MEMMI). Sienese painter, born in Siena, 1283; ...

Martinian and Processus, Saints

The dates of these martyrs are unknown. The "Martyrologium Hieronymianum" (ed. De ...

Martinique

(SANCTI PETRI ET ARCIS GALLICAÆ) Diocese ; Martinique is one of the French Lesser ...

Martinov, John

Born 7 October, 1821; died 26 April, 1894. Having passed through his university course at St. ...

Martinsberg

(Or P ANNONHALMA ) An important Benedictine abbey in Hungary about fourteen English miles ...

Martinuzzi, George

Monk, bishop, cardinal, b. at Kamicac, Dalmatia, 1482; d. 16 December, 1551. His real name was ...

Martyr

The Greek word martus signifies a witness who testifies to a fact of which he has knowledge ...

Martyr d'Anghiera, Peter

Historian of Spain and of the discoveries of her representatives, b. at Arona, near Anghiera, on ...

Martyrology

By martyrology is understood a catalogue of martyrs and saints arranged according to the ...

Martyropolis

A titular see, suffragan of Amida in the Province of Mesopotamia or Armenia Quarta. It was ...

Martyrs in China

The first Christian martyrs in China appear to have been the missionaries of Ili Bâliq ...

Martyrs, Acts of the

In a strict sense the Acts of the Martyrs are the official records of the trials of early ...

Martyrs, Japanese

There is not in the whole history of the Church a single people who can offer to the ...

Martyrs, The Ten Thousand

On two days is a group of ten thousand martyrs mentioned in the Roman Martyrology. On 18 March: ...

Maruthas, Saint

Bishop of Tagrit or Maypherkat in Mesopotamia, friend of St. John Chrysostom , d. before 420. ...

Mary Anne de Paredes, Blessed

Born at Quito, Ecuador, 31 Oct. 1618; died at Quito, 26 May, 1645. On both sides of her family ...

Mary de Cervellione

(or DE CERVELLO) Popularly styled "de Socos" (of Help). Born about 1230 at Barcelona ; ...

Mary de Sales Chappuis, Venerable

(MARIE-THÉRÈSE CHAPPUIS) Belonging to the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, ...

Mary Frances of the Five Wounds of Jesus, Saint

Of the Third Order of St. Francis , b. at Naples, 25 March, 1715; d. there, 6 October, 1791. ...

Mary Magdalen de' Pazzi, Saint

Carmelite Virgin, born 2 April, 1566; died 25 May, 1607. Of outward events there were very few in ...

Mary Magdalen, Saint

Mary Magdalen was so called either from Magdala near Tiberias, on the west shore of Galilee, or ...

Mary of Cleophas

This title occurs only in John, xix, 25. A comparison of the lists of those who stood at the foot ...

Mary of Egypt, Saint

Born probably about 344; died about 421. At the early age of twelve Mary left her home and came to ...

Mary of Romans 16:6

Unknown outside of this single verse ( omans 16:6 ). She had "laboured much among" the Roman ...

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Stuart, born at Linlithgow, 8 December, 1542; died at Fotheringay, 8 February, 1587. She was ...

Mary Tudor

Queen of England from 1553 to 1558; born 18 February, 1516; died 17 November, 1558. Mary was the ...

Mary, Blessed Virgin, The

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ, the mother of God. In general, the ...

Mary, Children of

The Sodality of Children of Mary Immaculate owes its origin to the manifestation of the Virgin ...

Mary, Devotion to the Heart of

As in the article on Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus , this subject will be considered ...

Mary, Devotion to the Virgin

Down to the Council of Nicaea Devotion to Our Blessed Lady in its ultimate analysis must be ...

Mary, Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The earliest document commemorating this feast comes from the sixth century. St.Romanus, the ...

Mary, Little Brothers of

Generally known as Marist School Brothers. This religious teaching institute is modern in its ...

Mary, Missionaries of the Company of

The Company of Mary was founded by Blessed Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort in 1713. As early as ...

Mary, Mother of John Mark

Mary, the mother of John, who was surnamed Mark ( Acts 12:12 ). We know nothing of her; but from ...

Mary, Name of

(In Scripture and in Catholic use) New Testament, Mariam and sometimes Maria — ...

Mary, Name of

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ, the mother of God. The Hebrew ...

Mary, Society of (Marist Fathers)

(Initials S.M.) A religious order of priests, so called on account of the special devotion ...

Mary, Society of, of Paris

This society was founded in 1817 by Very Reverend William Joseph Chaminade at Bordeaux, France. ...

Mary, Tomb of the Blessed Virgin

The tomb of the Blessed Virgin is venerated in the Valley of Cedron, near Jerusalem. Modern ...

Maryland

One of the thirteen English colonies which after the Revolution of 1776 became the original States ...

Masaccio

(T OMMASO ). Italian painter, born about 1402, at San Giovanni di Valdarno, a stronghold ...

Mascoutens Indians

A Wisconsin tribe of Algonquian stock of considerable missionary importance in the seventeenth ...

Masolino da Panicale

Son of Cristoforo Fini; b. in the suburb of Panicale di Valdese, near Florence, 1383; d. c. 1440. ...

Mason, Richard Angelus a S. Francisco

English — or Irish — Franciscan writer; b. in Wiltshire, 1599; d. at Douai, 30 ...

Masonry

The subject is treated under the following heads: I. Name and Definition;II. Origin and Early ...

Maspha

Name of several places in the Bible . The Septuagint transcribes Masphá, Massephá, ...

Massé, Enemond

One of the first Jesuits sent to New France ; born at Lyons, 1574; died at Sillery, l2 May, ...

Mass, Chapter and Conventual

As a general rule, churches in which the Divine office is to be said publicly every day must also ...

Mass, Liturgy of the

A. Name and Definition The Mass is the complex of prayers and ceremonies that make up the ...

Mass, Music of the

Under this heading will be considered exclusively the texts of the Mass (and not, therefore, the ...

Mass, Nuptial

"Missa pro sponso et sponsa", the last among the votive Masses in the Missal. It is composed of ...

Mass, Parochial

The parish is established to provide the parishioners with the helps of religion, especially ...

Mass, Sacrifice of the

The word Mass ( missa ) first established itself as the general designation for the ...

Massa Candida

Under the date 24 August, the "Martyrologium Romanum" records this commemoration: At Carthage, ...

Massa Carrara

DIOCESE OF MASSA CARRARA (MASSENSIS). Diocese in Central Italy (Lunigiana and Garfagnana). ...

Massa Marittima

(MASSANA) Massa Marittima, in the Province of Grosseto, in Tuscany, first mentioned in the ...

Massachusetts

One of the thirteen original United States of America . The Commonwealth of Massachusetts covers ...

Massacre, Saint Bartholomew's Day

This massacre of which Protestants were the victims occurred in Paris on 24 August, 1572 (the ...

Massaia, Guglielmo

A Cardinal, born 9 June, 1809, at Piova in Piedmont, Italy ; died at Cremona, 6 August, 1889. ...

Masses, Bequests for

"The efficacy of prayers for the dead ", remarks the Court of Appeals of the State of New York ...

Masses, Bequests for (Canada)

The law governing bequests, being concerned with "property and civil rights ", falls within ...

Masses, Bequests for (England)

Before the Reformation dispositions of property, whether real or personal, for the purposes of ...

Masses, Devises and Bequests for (United States)

Prior to the period of the Reformation in England in 1532, Masses for the repose of the souls ...

Massillon, Jean-Baptiste

A celebrated French preacher and bishop ; born 24 June, 1663; died 28 September, 1742. The son ...

Massorah

The textual tradition of Hebrew Bible, an official registration of its words, consonants, vowels ...

Massoulié, Antoine

Theologian, born at Toulouse, 28 Oct., 1632; died at Rome, 23 Jan., 1706. At an early age he ...

Massuet, René

Benedictine patrologist, of the Congregation of St. Maur; born 13 August, 1666, at St. Ouen de ...

Massys, Quentin

(MESSYS, METZYS) A painter, born at Louvain in 1466; died at Antwerp in 1530 (bet. 13 July ...

Master of Arts

An academic degree higher than that of Bachelor. The conferring of the degree of Master of Arts, ...

Master of Liesborn, The

A Westphalian painter, who in 1465 executed an altar-piece of note in the Benedictine monastery ...

Master of the Sacred Palace

This office (which has always been entrusted to a Friar Preacher) may briefly be described as ...

Mastrius, Bartholomew

Franciscan, philosopher and theologian, born near Forli, at Meldola, Italy, in 1602; died 3 ...

Mataco Indians

(Or Mataguayo). A group of wide tribes of very low culture, ranging over a great part of the ...

Mater

A titular bishopric in the province of Byzantium, mentioned as a free city by Pliny under the ...

Materialism

As the word itself signifies, Materialism is a philosophical system which regards matter as the ...

Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feast of the

Second Sunday in October. The object of this feast is to commemorate the dignity of the Mary ...

Mathathias

The name of ten persons of the Bible , variant in both Hebrew and Greek of Old Testament and in ...

Mathew, Theobald

Apostle of Temperance, born at Thomastown Castle, near Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland, 10 October, ...

Mathieu, François-Désiré

Bishop and cardinal, born 27 May, 1839; died 26 October, 1908. Born of humble family at ...

Mathusala

One of the Hebrew patriarchs, mentioned in Genesis 5. The word is variously given as Mathusale ...

Matilda of Canossa

Countess of Tuscany, daughter and heiress of the Marquess Boniface of Tuscany, and Beatrice, ...

Matilda, Saint

Queen of Germany, wife of King Henry I (The Fowler), b. at the Villa of Engern in Westphalia, ...

Matilda, Saint

(MATILDA VON HACKEBORN-WIPPRA). Benedictine; born in 1240 or 1241 at the ancestral castle of ...

Matins

I. NAME The word "Matins" ( Latin Matutinum or Matutinae ), comes from Matuta , the Latin ...

Matricula

A term having several meanings in the field of Christian antiquity. (1) The word is applied ...

Matteo da Siena

(Matteo di Giovanni di Bartolo). Painter, born at Borgo San Sepolcro, c. 1435; died 1495. His ...

Matteo di Termini

(Matteo Di Termini), born in the first half of the thirteenth century, at Termini, a village of ...

Matteo of Aquasparta

A celebrated Italian Franciscan, born at Aquasparta in the Diocese of Todi , Umbria, about ...

Matter

(Greek hyle ; Latin materia ; French matière ; German materie and stoff ), ...

Matteucci, Carlo

Physicist, born at Forli, in the Romagna, 21 June, 1811; died at Ardenza, near Leghorn, 25 July, ...

Matthew of Bassi

Founder and first Superior-General of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins, the principal branch ...

Matthew of Cracow

Renowned scholar and preacher of the fourteenth century, b. at Cracow about 1335, d. at Pisa, 5 ...

Matthew, Gospel of Saint

I. CANONICITY The earliest Christian communities looked upon the books of the Old Testament as ...

Matthew, Saint

Apostle and evangelist. The name Matthew is derived from the Hebrew Mattija , being ...

Matthew, Sir Tobie

English priest, born at Salisbury, 3 October, 1577, died at Ghent, 13 October, 1655. He was the ...

Matthias Corvinus

King of Hungary, son of Janos Hunyady and Elizabeth Szilagyi of Horogssey, was born at ...

Matthias of Neuburg

Also NEUENBURG (NEOBURGENSIS). Chronicler, born towards the close of the thirteenth century, ...

Matthias, Saint

Apostle. The Greek Matthias (or, in some manuscripts, Maththias ), is a name derived ...

Maundy Thursday

The feast of Maundy (or Holy) Thursday solemnly commemorates the institution of the Eucharist ...

Maunoury, Auguste-François

Hellenist and exegete, b. at Champsecret, Orne, France, 30 Oct., 1811; d. at Séez, ...

Maurice

(Matricius, Maurikios ). Roman Emperor, born in 539; died in November, 602. He sprang from ...

Maurice, Saint

Leader ( primicerius ) of the Theban Legion, massacred at Agaunum, about 287 (286, 297, 302, ...

Maurists, The

A congregation of Benedictine monks in France, whose history extends from 1618 to 1818. It ...

Maurus Magnentius Rabanus, Blessed

( Also Hrabanus, Reabanus). Abbot of Fulda, Archbishop of Mainz, celebrated theological ...

Maurus, Saint

Deacon, son of Equitius, a nobleman of Rome, but claimed also by Fondi, Gallipoli, Lavello ...

Maurus, Sylvester

Writer on philosophy and theology, b. at Spoleto, 31 Dec., 1619; d. in Rome, 13 Jan., 1687. He ...

Maury, Jean-Siffrein

Cardinal and statesman, born at Valréas, near Avignon, 26 June, 1746; died at Rome on ...

Maxentius, Joannes

Joannes Maxentius, leader of the so-called Scythian monks, appears in history at Constantinople ...

Maxentius, Marcus Aurelius

Roman Emperor 306-12, son of the Emperor Maximinianus Herculius and son-in-law of the chief ...

Maxfield, Venerable Thomas

( Vere Macclesfield) English priest and martyr, b. in Stafford gaol, about 1590, martyred ...

Maximianopolis

A titular see of Palestina Secunda, suffragan of Scythopolis. Its ancient name, Adad-Remmon, ...

Maximianus

(MARCUS AURELIUS VALERIUS MAXIMIANUS, surnamed HERCULIUS.) Roman Emperor, was adopted by ...

Maximilian

The name of several martyrs. (1) Maximilian of Antioch A soldier, martyred at Antioch, Jan. ...

Maximilian I

Duke of Bavaria, 1598-1622, Elector of Bavaria and Lord High Steward of the Holy Roman Empire, ...

Maximinus Thrax

Roman Emperor 235-8, son of a Goth and an Alanic mother. When the Emperor Septimius Severus was ...

Maximinus, Caius Valerius Daja

Under his uncle Augustus Galerius, the Caesar of Syria and Egypt, from the year 305; in 307 ...

Maximinus, Saint

Bishop of Trier, b. at Silly near Poitiers, d. there, 29 May, 352 or 12 Sept., 349. He was ...

Maximopolis

A titular see of Arabia, suffragan of Bostra. The true name of the city is Maximianopolis, and ...

Maximus of Constantinople, Saint

Known as the Theologian and as Maximus Confessor , born at Constantinople about 580; died in ...

Maximus of Turin, Saint

Bishop and theological writer, b. probably in Rhaetia, about 380; d. shortly after 465. Only ...

Maxwell, William

Fifth Earl of Nithsdale (Lord Nithsdale signed as Nithsdaill) and fourteenth Lord Maxwell, b. in ...

Maxwell, Winifred

Countess of Nithsdale, d. at Rome, May, 1749. She was the daughter of William, first Marquis of ...

Maya Indians

The most important of the cultured native peoples of North America, both in the degree of their ...

Mayer, Christian

Moravian astronomer, born at Mederizenhi in Moravia, 20 Aug., 1719, died at Heidelberg, 16 ...

Mayhew, Edward

Born in 1569; died 14 September, 1625. He belonged to the old English family of Mayhew or Mayow of ...

Mayne, Blessed Cuthbert

Martyr, b. at Yorkston, near Barnstaple, Devonshire ( baptized 20 March, 1543-4); d. at ...

Maynooth College

The National College of Saint Patrick, at Maynooth in County Kildare, about twelve miles from ...

Mayo Indians

An important tribe occupying some fifteen towns on Mayo and Fuerte rivers, southern Sonora and ...

Mayo, School of

(Irish Magh Eo , which means, according to Colgan, the Plain of the Oaks, and, according to ...

Mayor, John

(MAJOR, MAIR; also called JOANNES MAJORIS and HADDINGTONUS SCOTUS) A Scotch philosopher and ...

Mayoruna Indians

A noted and savage tribe of Panoan linguistic stock, ranging the forests between the Ucayali, the ...

Mayotte, Nossi-Bé, and Comoro

PREFECTURE APOSTOLIC OF MAYOTTE, NOSSI-BE, AND COMORO (MAYOTTÆ, NOSSIBEÆ, ET ...

Mayr, Beda

A Bavarian Benedictine philosopher, apologist, and poet, b. 15 January, 1742 at Daiting near ...

Mayron, Francis

(DE MAYRONIS) Born about 1280, probably at Mayronnes, Department of Basses-Alpes, he entered ...

Mazarin, Jules

Born either at Rome or at Piscina in the Abruzzi, of a very old Sicilian family, 14 July, 1602; ...

Mazatec Indians

An important Mexican tribe of Zapotecan linguistic stock, occupying the mountain region of ...

Mazenod, Charles Joseph Eugene de

Bishop of Marseilles, and founder of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, b. at ...

Mazzara del Vallo

DIOCESE OF MAZZARA DEL VALLO (MAZARIENSIS). The city is situated in the province of Trepani, ...

Mazzella, Camillo

Theologian and cardinal, born at Vitulano, 10 Feb., 1833; d. at Rome, 26 March, 1900. He ...

Mazzolini, Lodovico

(Also known as MAZZOLINI DA FERRARA, LODOVICO FERRARESA, and IL FERRARESE) Italian painter, b. ...

Mazzolini, Sylvester

(M OZOLINI, also P RIERIAS ) Theologian, b. at Priero, Piedmont, 1460; d. at Rome, ...

Mazzuchelli, Pietro Francesco

(Also known as IL MORAZZONE, MARAZZONE, and MORANZONE). Milanese painter, b. at Moranzone near ...

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Mbaya Indians

(Guaycurü) A predatory tribe formerly ranging on both sides of the Paraguay River, on the ...

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McCabe, Edward

Cardinal, born in Dublin, 1816; died at Kingstown, 11 February, 1885; he was the son of poor ...

McCarthy, Justin

Irish politician, journalist, novelist, and historian, b. at Cork, 22 Nov., 1830; d. at ...

McCloskey, William George

Bishop of Louisville, Kentucky, b. at Brooklyn, N.Y., 10 Nov., 1823; d. 17 September, 1909. He ...

McGee, Thomas D'Arcy

An editor, politician, and poet, born at Carlingford, Co. Louth, Ireland, 13 April, 1825; ...

McLoughlin, John

Physician and pioneer, born in the parish of La Riviere du Loup, Canada, 19 October, 1784; died ...

McMahon, Martin Thomas

Soldier, jurist; born at Laprairie, Canada, 21 March, 1838; died in New York, 21 April, 1906. His ...

McMaster, James Alphonsus

An editor, convert, born at Duanesburg, New York, U. S. A., 1 April, 1820; died in Brooklyn, New ...

McQuaid, Bernard John

The first Bishop of Rochester, U. S. A.; born in New York City, 15 December, 1823; died at ...

McSherry, James Jr.

Jurist, son of the author James McSherry ; born at Frederick, Maryland, 30 December, 1842; died ...

McSherry, James Sr.

Author; born at LibertyTown, Frederick County, Maryland, 29 July, 1819; died at Frederick City, ...

McSherry, Richard

Physician; born at Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia ), 21 November, 1817; died ...

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Meagher, Thomas Francis

Soldier, politician, b. at Waterford, Ireland, 3 August, 1823; accidentally drowned in the ...

Meath

(MIDENSIS). Diocese in Ireland, suffragan of Armagh. In extent it is the largest diocese in ...

Meaux

(Melsa). A Cistercian abbey about four miles east of Beverley in the East Riding of ...

Meaux, Diocese of

(MELDENSIS.) Meaux comprises the entire department of Seine and Marne, suffragan of Sens ...

Mecca

Mecca, the capital of Arabia and the sacred city of the Mohammedans, is situated in the district ...

Mechanism

There is no constant meaning in the history of philosophy for the word Mechanism. Originally, ...

Mechitar

(MECHITHAR, MEKHITAR, MCHITAR or MOCHTOR, a word which means "Comforter") Mechitar is the name ...

Mechitarists

Armenian Benedictines, founded by Mechitar in 1712. In its inception the order was looked upon ...

Mechlin

( Latin MECHLINIA; French MALINES; MECHLINIENSIS). Archdiocese comprising the two Belgian ...

Mechtel, Johann

Chronicler; b. 1562 at Pfalzel near Trier (Germany); d. after 1631, perhaps as late as 1653 at ...

Mechtild of Magdeburg

A celebrated medieval mystic, b. of a noble family in Saxony about 1210; d. at the ...

Mechtilde, Saint

(MATILDA VON HACKEBORN-WIPPRA). Benedictine; born in 1240 or 1241 at the ancestral castle of ...

Mecklenburg

A division of the German Empire, consists of the two Grand Duchies of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and ...

Medaille, Jean Paul

Jesuit missionary; b. at Carcassonne, the capital of the Department of Aude, France, 29 ...

Medal of Saint Benedict

A medal, originally a cross, dedicated to the devotion in honour of St. Benedict. One ...

Medal, Miraculous

The devotion commonly known as that of the Miraculous Medal owes its origin to Zoe Labore, a ...

Medals, Devotional

A medal may be defined to be a piece of metal, usually in the form of a coin, not used as money, ...

Medardus, Saint

Bishop of Noyon, b. at Salency (Oise) about 456; d. in his episcopal city 8 June, about 545. His ...

Medea

A titular see of Thrace, suffragan of Heraclea. This name and the modern name (Midieh) are ...

Medellín

(MEDELLENSIS). Archdiocese in the Republic of Colombia, Metropolitan of Antioquia and ...

Media and Medes

( Medía, Mêdoi ). An ancient country of Asia and the inhabitants thereof. The ...

Mediator (Christ as Mediator)

The subject will be treated under the following heads: (1) Definition of the word mediator; (2) ...

Medices, Hieronymus

(DE MEDICIS) Illustrious as a scholastic of acumen and penetration, b. at Camerino in ...

Medici, Catherine de'

Born 13 April, 1519; died 5 January, 1589. She was the daughter of Lorenzo de' Medici (II), Duke ...

Medici, House of

A Florentine family, the members of which, having acquired great wealth as bankers, rose in a ...

Medici, Maria de'

Queen of France ; b. at Florence, 26 April, 1573; d. at Cologne, 3 July, 1642. She was a ...

Medicine and Canon Law

In the early centuries the practice of medicine by clerics, whether secular or regular, was not ...

Medicine, History of

The history of medical science, considered as a part of the general history of civilization, ...

Medina, Bartholomew

Dominican theologian, b. at Medina, 1527; d. at Salamanca, 1581. With Dominico Soto , Melchior ...

Medina, Juan de

Theologian ; born 1490; died 1547; he occupied the first rank among the theologians of the ...

Medina, Miguel de

Theologian, born at Belalcazar, Spain, 1489; died at Toledo, May, 1578. He entered the Franciscan ...

Medrano, Francisco

A Spanish lyric poet, b. in Seville, not to be confounded with Sebastian Francisco de Medrano ...

Medulic, Andras

A Croatian painter and engraver, called by Italian authors Medola, Medula, Schiavone, Schiaon, ...

Meehan, Charles Patrick

Irish historical writer and translator, b. in Dublin, 12 July, 1812; d. there 14 March 1890. ...

Megara

A titular see, suffragan to Corinth, in Achaia. The city, which was built on an arid strip of ...

Megarians

The Megarian School is one of the imperfectly Socratic Schools, so called because they developed ...

Mehrerau

Formerly a Benedictine, now a Cistercian Abbey ; situated on Lake Constance, west of Bregenz, in ...

Meignan, Guillaume-René

Cardinal Archbishop of Tours, French apologist and Scriptural exegete, b. at Chauvigné, ...

Meilleur, Jean-Baptiste

French Canadian physician and educator, b. at St. Laurent, P.Q., 9 May, 1796; d. 7 Dec., 1878. He ...

Meinwerk, Blessed

Tenth Bishop of Paderborn, d. 1036: Meinwerk (Meginwerk) was born of the noble family of the ...

Meissen

A former see of north-east Germany. The present city of Meissen, situated in the Kingdom of ...

Meissonier, Ernest

French painter, b. at Lyons 21 February, 1815; d. at Paris, 31 January, 1891. If the Lyonese ...

Meléndez Valdés, Juan

Spanish poet and politician, b. at Ribera del Fresno (Badajoz) 11 March, 1754; d. in exile at ...

Melancthon, Philipp

Collaborator and friend of Luther, born at Bretten (in Unterpfalz, now Baden ), 16 February, ...

Melania (the Younger), Saint

Born at Rome, about 383; died in Jerusalem, 31 December, 439. She was a member of the famous ...

Melbourne

Archdiocese of Melbourne (Melburnen) Located in the state of Victoria, Southeastern ...

Melchers, Paul

Cardinal, Archbishop of Cologne, b. 6 Jan., 1813, at Münster, Westphalia ; d. 14 ...

Melchisedech

[Gr. Melchisedek , from the Hebrew meaning "King of righteousness (Gesenius)] was King of ...

Melchisedechians

A branch of the Monarchians, founded by Theodotus the banker. (See MONARCHIANS.) Another quite ...

Melchites

(Melkites). ORIGIN AND NAME Melchites are the people of Syria, Palestine, and Egypt who ...

Meletius of Antioch

Bishop, b. in Melitene, Lesser Armenia ; d. at Antioch, 381. Before occupying the see of ...

Meletius of Lycopolis

Meletius, Bishop of Lycopolis in Egypt, gave his name to a schism of short duration. There ...

Melfi and Rapolla

DIOCESE OF MELFI AND RAPOLLA (MELPHIENSIS ET RAPOLLENSIS) Diocese in the province of Potenza, ...

Meli, Giovanni

Sicilian poet, b. at Palermo, 4 March, 1740, d. 20 Dec., 1815. He was the son of a goldsmith of ...

Melia, Pius

Italian theologian, b. at Rome, 12 Jan., 1800; d. in London, June 1883. He entered the Society ...

Melissus of Samos

A Greek philosopher, of the Eleatic School, b. at Samos about 470 B.C. It is probable that he ...

Melitene

The residence of an Armenian Catholic see, also a titulary archbishopric. According to Pliny ...

Melito, Saint

Bishop of Sardis, prominent ecclesiastical writer in the latter half of the second century. Few ...

Melk, Abbey and Congregation of

(MOLCK, MELLICUM). Situated on an isolated rock commanding the Danube, Melk has been a noted ...

Melkites

(Melkites). ORIGIN AND NAME Melchites are the people of Syria, Palestine, and Egypt who ...

Melleray

(MELLEARIUM) Melleray, situated in Brittany (Loire-Inférieure), Diocese of Nantes, in ...

Mellifont Abbey

Located three miles from Drogheda, Co. Louth, Diocese of Armagh, it was the first Cistercian ...

Mellitus, Saint

Bishop of London and third Archbishop of Canterbury, d. 24 April, 624. He was the leader of ...

Melo

Located in Uruguay. It was decided in 1897 to erect two sees suffragan to Montevideo, one of ...

Melos

A titular see, suffragan of Naxos in the Cyclades. The name seems to have been derived from a ...

Melozzo da Forlí

An Italian painter of the Umbrian School, b. at Forlì, 1438; d. there 1494. Lanzi's ...

Melrose Abbey

The Abbey of Melrose, located in in Roxburghshire, founded in 1136 by King David I, was the ...

Melrose, Chronicle of

(CHRONICA DE MAILROS) It opens with the year 735, ends abruptly in 1270, and is founded solely ...

Melzi, Francesco

Born at Milan, about 1490; died 1568. He was a mysterious personage. He was a friend of Leonardo ...

Memberton

Principal chief of the Micmac Indians of Nova Scotia at the time of the establishment of the ...

Membre, Zenobius

Born 1645 at Bapaume, Department of Pas-de-Calais, France, he was a member of the Franciscan ...

Memling, Hans

Flemish painter, b. about 1430-35; d. at Bruges 11 August, 1494. This date was discovered ...

Memorial Brasses

Just when memorial brasses first came into use is not known; the earliest existing dated ...

Memory

(Latin memoria ) Memory is the capability of the mind, to store up conscious processes, ...

Memphis

Ancient capital of Egypt ; diocese of the province of Arcadia or Heptanomos, suffragan of ...

Men of Understanding

(HOMINES INTELLIGENTIAE). Name assumed by a heretical sect which in 1410-11 was cited before ...

Menéndez y Pelayo, Marcelino

Poet, historian and literary critic, b. at Santander, Spain, in 1856; d. at Santander in 1912. ...

Mena, Juan de

Spanish poet, born 1411 at Cordova ; died 1456 at Torrelaguna. Prominent at the court of Juan II ...

Menaion

( menaîon from mén, "month") The Menaion is the name of the twelve books, one ...

Menas, Saint

Martyr under Diocletian, about 295. According to the Greek Acts published with Latin translation ...

Mencius

(Latinized form of Chinese MENG-TZE, i.e. MENG THE SAGE). Philosopher, b. 371 or 372 B.C. He was ...

Mendíburu, Manuel de

Born at Lima, 29 October, 1805; died 21 January, 1885. He was educated in the University of S. ...

Mendaña de Neyra, Alvaro de

A Spanish navigator and explorer, born in Saragossa, 1541; died in Santa Cruz, Solomon ...

Mende

(MIMATENSIS) This diocese includes the department of Lozère, in France. Suffragan of ...

Mendel, Mendelism

Gregor Johann Mendel (the first name was taken on entrance to his order), b. 22 July, 1822, at ...

Mendes de Silva, João

Better known as Amadeus of Portugal, b. 1420, d. at Milan, 1482, began his religious life in ...

Mendicant Friars

Mendicant Friars are members of those religious orders which, originally, by vow of ...

Mendieta, Jerónimo

A Spanish missionary; born at Vitoria, Spain, 1525; died in the City of Mexico, 9 May, 1604. ...

Mendoza, Diego Hurtade de

A Spanish diplomat and writer, and one of the greatest figures in the history of Spanish ...

Mendoza, Francisco Sarmiento de

A Spanish canonist and bishop ; b. of a noble family at Burgos ; d. 1595, at Jaén. ...

Mendoza, Pedro Gonzalez de

Cardinal and Primate of Spain, b. at Guadalajara, 3 May, 1428; d. there, 11 January, 1495. He ...

Meneses, Osorio Francisco

Spanish painter, b. at Seville, 1630; d. probably in the same place, 1705. It is extraordinary ...

Menestrier, Claude-François

Antiquarian, b. at Lyons, 9 March, 1631; d. at Paris, 21 Jan., 1705. He inherited a taste for ...

Menevia

(MENEVENSIS) Menevia is said to be derived from Menapia , the name of an ancient Roman ...

Mengarini, Gregario

Pioneer missionary of the Flathead tribe and philologist of their language, b. in Rome, 21 July, ...

Mengs, Anthon Rafael

A Bohemian painter, usually regarded as belonging to the Italian or Spanish school, b. at ...

Mennas

Patriarch of Constantinople from 536 to 552. Early in 536 Pope St. Agapetus came to ...

Mennonites

A Protestant denomination of Europe and America which arose in Switzerland in the sixteenth ...

Menochio, Giovanni Stefano

Jesuit biblical scholar, b. at Padua, 1575; d. in Rome, 4 Feb., 1655. He entered the Society of ...

Menologium

Although the word Menologium (in English also written Menology and Menologe) has been in some ...

Menominee Indians

A considerable tribe of Algonquian linguistic stock, formerly ranging over north-eastern ...

Mensa, Mensal Revenue

( Latin, Mensa, table). The Latin word mensa has for its primitive signification "a table ...

Mensing, John

(MENSINGK) A theologian and celebrated opponent of Luther, born according to some at ...

Mental Reservation

The name applied to a doctrine which has grown out of the common Catholic teaching about lying and ...

Mentelin, Johannes

(MENTEL) Born c. 1410; died 12 Dec., 1478; an eminent German typographer of the fifteenth ...

Menzini, Benedetto

Priest and poet, b. at Florence, 1646; d. at Rome, 7 Sept., 1704. His family being poor, he ...

Mercadé, Eustache

French dramatic poet of the fifteenth century. The dates of his birth and death are not known. ...

Mercedarians

(Order of Our Lady of Mercy). A congregation of men founded in 1218 by St. Peter Nolasco, born ...

Mercier, Louis-Honoré

A French Canadian statesman, b. 15 October, 1840, at Ibervile, Quebec, of a family of farmers; ...

Mercuriali, Geronimo

Better known by his Latin name Mercurialis; famous philologist and physician, b. at Forli, 30 ...

Mercy, Brothers of Our Lady of

Founded at Mechlin in 1839 by Canon J.B. Cornelius Scheppers for the instruction and care of ...

Mercy, Corporal and Spiritual Works of

Mercy as it is here contemplated is said to be a virtue influencing one's will to have ...

Mercy, Sisters of

A congregation of women founded in Dublin, Ireland, in 1827, by Catherine Elizabeth McAuley, ...

Mercy, Sisters of, of St. Borromeo

Originally a pious association of ladies formed in 1626 for the care of the sick in the ...

Meredith, Edward

English Catholic controversialist, b. in 1648, was a son of the rector of Landulph, Cornwall. ...

Merici, Saint Angela

Foundress of the Ursulines, born 21 March, 1474, at Desenzano, a small town on the southwestern ...

Merit

By merit ( meritum ) in general is understood that property of a good work which entitles the ...

Mermillod, Gaspard

Bishop of Lausanne and cardinal, born at Carouge, Switzerland, 22 September, 1824; died in Rome, ...

Merneptah I

(1234?-1214 B.C.), the fourth king of the nineteenth Egyptian dynasty and the supposed Pharaoh ...

Mersenne, Marin

French theologian, philosopher, and mathematician; b. 8 September, 1588, near Oizé (now ...

Mesa

(Greek Mosá ; Moabite Stone, ms‘ ; Hebrew, mys‘ , meaning ...

Mesopotamia, Kurdistan, and Armenia

Created by Gregory XVI on 17 Dec., 1832. Mgr. Trioche, Archbishop of Babylon or Bagdad, became ...

Mesrob

(Also called MASHTOTS) One of the greatest figures in Armenian history, he was born about 361 ...

Messalians

( Praying folk; participle Pa'el of the Aramaic word meaning "to pray "). An heretical ...

Messene

A titular see, suffragan to Corinth, in Achaia. Under this name at least, the city dates only ...

Messias

(Or Messias .) The Greek form Messias is a transliteration of the Hebrew, Messiah , ...

Messina

(MESSINENSIS) Located in Sicily. The city is situated, in the shape of an amphitheatre, along ...

Messina, Antonello da

Born at Messina, about 1430; died 1497. After studying for some time in Sicily he crossed over ...

Messingham, Thomas

An Irish hagiologist, born in the Diocese of Meath, and studied in the Irish College, Paris, ...

Metalwork in the Service of the Church

From the earliest days the Church has employed utensils and vessels of metal in its liturgical ...

Metaphrastes, Symeon

( Sumeòn ’o metaphrástes ). The principal compiler of the legends of ...

Metaphysics

I. The Name. II. The Definition. III. The Rejection of Metaphysics.IV. Relation of Metaphysics to ...

Metastasio, Pietro

Italian poet, b. at Rome, 1698; d. at Vienna, 1782. Of humble origins, his father, once a ...

Metcalfe, Edward

Born in Yorkshire, 1792; died a martyr of charity at Leeds, 7 May, 1847. He entered the ...

Metellopolis

A titular see of Phrygia Pacatiana, in Asia Minor. The inscriptions make known a Phrygian town ...

Metempsychosis

(Greek meta empsychos , Latin metempsychosis : French metempsychose : German ...

Metham, Thomas

A knight, confessor of the Faith ; died in York Castle, 1573. He was eldest son of Thomas ...

Methodism

A religious movement which was originated in 1739 by John Wesley in the Anglican Church, and ...

Methodius and Cyril, Saints

(Or CONSTANTINE and METHODIUS). These brothers, the Apostles of the Slavs, were born in ...

Methodius I

Patriarch of Constantinople (842-846), defender of images during the second Iconoclast ...

Methodius of Olympus, Saint

Bishop and ecclesiastical author, date of birth unknown; died a martyr, probably in 311. ...

Methuselah

One of the Hebrew patriarchs, mentioned in Genesis 5. The word is variously given as Mathusale ...

Methymna

A titular see in the island of Lesbos. It was once the second city of the island, and enjoyed ...

Metrophanes of Smyrna

A leader of the faithful Ignatian bishops at the time of the Photian schism (867). Baronius ...

Metropolis

A titular episcopal see and suffragan of Ephesus. Strabo (XIV, 1, 2; XIV, 1, 15), who speaks of ...

Metropolitan

Metropolitan , in ecclesiastical language, refers to whatever relates to the metropolis, the ...

Metternich, Klemens Lothar Wenzel Von

Statesman; born at Coblenz, 15 May, 1773; died at Vienna, 11 June, 1859; son of Count Georg, ...

Metz

A town and bishopric in Lorraine. I. THE TOWN OF METZ In ancient times Metz, then known as ...

Meun, Jean Clopinel de

(Or MEUNG.) French poet, b. c. 1260 in the little city of Meung-sur-Loire; d. at Paris ...

Mexico

GEOGRAPHY The Republic of Mexico is situated at the extreme point of the North American ...

Mexico, Archdiocese of

(MEXICANA.) Boundaries The boundaries of the Diocese of Mexico were at first not well defined. ...

Mezger, Francis, Joseph, and Paul

Three brothers, learned Benedictines of the monastery of St. Peter in Salzburg, and professors ...

Mezzofanti, Giuseppe

A cardinal, the greatest of polyglots, born 19 September, 1774; died 15 March, 1849. He was the ...

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Miami Indians

An important tribe of Algonquian stock formerly claiming prior dominion over the whole of what ...

Michael Cærularius

( Keroulários ). Patriarch of Constantinople (1043-58), author of the second and ...

Michael de Sanctis, Saint

(DE LOS SANTOS). Born at, Vich in Catalonia, 29 September, 1591; died at Valladolid, 10 ...

Michael O'Loghlen

Born at Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland, in 1789; died 1846. Educated at Ennis Academy, and Trinity ...

Michael of Cesena

(MICHELE FUSCHI) A Friar Minor, Minister General of the Franciscan Order, and theologian, ...

Michael Scotus

(SCOTT or SCOT) A thirteenth century mathematician, philosopher, and scholar. He was born in ...

Michael the Archangel, Saint

( Hebrew "Who is like God ?"). St. Michael is one of the principal angels ; his name was ...

Michael, Military Orders of Saint

(1) A Bavarian Order, founded in 1721 by Elector Joseph Clemens of Cologne, Duke of Bavaria, ...

Michaud, Joseph-François

Historian, born at Albens, Savoy, 1767; died at Passy, 30 September, 1839. He belonged to an ...

Micheas of Ephraim

Also called Michas. In Hebrew the complete form of the name is Mikhayahu or Mikhayehu ...

Micheas, Book of

Micheas (Hebr. Mikhah; Jeremiah 26:18 : Mikhayah keth.), the author of the book which holds the ...

Micheas, Son of Jemla

Also called Michas. In Hebrew the complete form of the name is Mikhayahu or Mikhayehu ...

Michel, Jean

A French dramatic poet of the fifteenth century, who revised and enlarged the mystery of the ...

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Italian sculptor, painter, and architect, b. at Caprese in the valley of the upper Arno, 6 March, ...

Michelians

A German Protestant sect which derives its name from "Michel", the popular designation of its ...

Michelis, Edward

A theologian, born in St. Mauritz, 6 Feb., 1813; died in Luxemburg, 8 June, 1855. After his ...

Michelozzo di Bartolommeo

An architect and sculptor, born at Florence circa 1391; died 1472. He exercised a quiet, but ...

Michigan

The State of Michigan is bounded on the north by Lake Superior, on the east by Canada, Lake Huron ...

Michoacan

(MICHOACANENSIS) Located in Mexico, the Diocese of Michoacan was established in 1536 by Pope ...

Mickiewicz, Adam

Born near Novogrodek, Lithuania, 1798; died at Constantinople, 1855. He studied at Novogrodek ...

Micmacs

( Souriquois of the early French ) The easternmost of the Algonquin tribes and probably ...

Micrologus

Either a "synopsis" or a "short explanation", and in the Middle Ages used as an equivalent for ...

Middendorp, Jakob

Theologian and historian; b. about 1537 at Oldenzaal, or, according to others, at Ootmarsum, ...

Middle Ages

A term commonly used to designate that period of European history between the fall of the Roman ...

Middlesbrough

(MEDIOBURGENSIS) In medieval history it was known as Myddilburga or Middilburga, with many ...

Midianites

(In Authorized Version M IDIANITES ). An Arabian tribe ( Septuagint Madienaîoi ...

Midrashim

The term commonly designates ancient rabbinical commentaries on the Hebrew Scriptures. It is the ...

Midwives

Midwives come under the canon law of the Church in their relation towards two of the sacraments, ...

Migazzi, Christoph Anton

Cardinal, Prince Archbishop of Vienna, b. 1714, in the Tyrol, d. 14 April, 1803, at Vienna. At ...

Mignard, Pierre

A French painter, born at Troyes, 7 November, 1612; died at Paris, 30 May, 1695. Though destined ...

Migne, Jacques-Paul

Priest, and publisher of theological works, born at Saint-Flour, 25 October, 1800; died at Paris, ...

Migration

The movement of populations from place to place is one of the earliest social phenomena history ...

Milan

(MEDIOLANENSIS) Located in Lombardy, northern Italy. The city is situated on the Orona River, ...

Milde, Vinzenz Eduard

Prince- Archbishop of Vienna, born at Brünn, in Moravia, in 1777; died at Vienna in ...

Miles Gerard, Venerable

Martyr ; born about 1550 at Wigan; executed at Rochester 13 (30?) April, 1590. Sprung perhaps ...

Miles, George Henry

A dramatist and man of letters, born in Baltimore, Maryland, 31 July, 1824; died near ...

Mileto

(MILETENSIS) Located in Calabria, in the province of Reggio, southern Italy. According to ...

Miletopolis

A titular see of Asia Minor, suffragan of Cyzicus. Miletopolis was a town north of Mysia, at ...

Miletus

A titular see of Asia Minor, suffragan of Aphrodisias, in Caria. Situated on the western coast ...

Miletus, Vitus

(Originally MÜLLER) A Catholic theologian, born at Gmünd, Swabia, 1549; died at ...

Milevum

A titular see of Numidia. In Ptolemy's "Geography", IV, iii, 7, the city is mentioned under the ...

Milic, Jan

A pre-Hussite reform preacher and religious enthusiast, born at Kremsier in Moravia, died 29 ...

Military Orders, The

Including under this term every kind of brotherhood of knights, secular as well as religious, ...

Millennium and Millenarianism

The fundamental idea of millenarianism, as understood by Christian writers, may be set forth ...

Miller, Ferdinand Von

Born at Fürstenfeldbruck, 1813; died at Munich, 1887. He laboured for the development of ...

Millet, Jean-François

French painter ; b. at Gruchy, near Cherbourg, 4 October, 1814; d. at Barbizon, 20 January, 1875. ...

Millet, Pierre

( Or Milet). A celebrated early Jesuit missionary in New York State, b. at Bourges, ...

Milner, John

Born in London, 14 October, 1752: died at Wolverhampton, 19 April, 1826. At the age of twelve ...

Milner, Venerable Ralph

Layman and martyr, born at Flacsted, Hants, England, early in the sixteenth century; suffered ...

Milo Crispin

Monk, and cantor of the Benedictine Abbey of Bec ; wrote the lives of five of its abbots : ...

Milopotamos

A titular see of Crete, suffragan of Candia. Certain historians and geographers identify ...

Miltiades, Pope Saint

The year of his birth is not known; he was elected pope in either 310 or 311; died 10 or 11 ...

Miltiz, Karl von

Papal chamberlain and nuncio, b. about 1480, the son of Sigismund von Miltiz, "Landvogt" of ...

Milwaukee

(MILWAUKIENSIS) Established as a diocese, 28 Nov., 1843; became an archbishopric, 12 ...

Mind

(Greek nous ; Latin mens , German Geist , Seele ; French ame esprit ). The word ...

Minden

Diocese of Minden (former see of Westphalia ). Minden on the Weser is first heard of in ...

Ming, John

A philosopher and writer, born at Gyswyl, Unterwalden, Switzerland, 20 Sept., 1838; died at ...

Minimi

Minimi (or M INIMS ) are the members of the religious order founded by St. Francis of Paula. ...

Minister

The term minister has long been appropriated in a distinctive way to the clergy. The language ...

Minkelers, Jean-Pierre

Inventor of illuminating gas; b. at Maastricht, Holland, 1748; d. there 4 July, 1824. At the age ...

Minnesota

One of the North Central States of the American Union, lies about midway between the eastern and ...

Mino di Giovanni

(Called DA FIESOLE.) Born 1431; died 1484. He is inscribed in the "Libro della Matricola" of ...

Minor

( Latin minor ), that which is less, or inferior in comparison with another, the term being ...

Minor Orders

( Latin Ordines Minores ). The lower degrees of the hierarchy are designated by the name of ...

Minorca

(Minoricensis). Suffragan of Valencia, comprises the Island of Minorca, the second in size of ...

Minsk

(MINCENSIS) A suffragan of Mohileff, in Western Russia. The city of Minsk is situated on ...

Mint, Papal

The right to coin money being a sovereign prerogative, there can be no papal coins of earlier ...

Minucius Felix

Christian apologist, flourished between 160 and 300; the exact date is not known. His ...

Mirabilia Urbis Romæ

The title of a medieval Latin description of the city of Rome, dating from about 1150. ...

Miracle

(Latin miraculum , from mirari , "to wonder"). In general, a wonderful thing, the word ...

Miracle Plays and Mysteries

These two names are used to designate the religious drama which developed among Christian ...

Miracles, Gift of

The gift of miracles is one of those mentioned by St. Paul in his First Epistle to the ...

Miraculous Medal

The devotion commonly known as that of the Miraculous Medal owes its origin to Zoe Labore, a ...

Miraeus, Aubert

(Also called Aubert le Mire). Ecclesiastical historian, born at Brussels, 30 Nov., 1573; died ...

Mirandola, Giovanni Francesco Pico della

Italian philosopher, nephew of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, b. about 1469; d. 1533. Though very ...

Mirandola, Giovanni Pico della

Italian philosopher and scholar, born 24 February, 1463; died 17 November, 1494. He belonged to a ...

Miridite, Abbey of

(MIRIDITARUM, or SANCTI ALEXANDRI DE OROSHI). The name of an abbatia nullius in Albania, ...

Miserere

The first word of the Vulgate text of Psalm 1 (Hebrew, li). Two other Psalms (lv and lvi) begin ...

Misericorde, Congregation of the Sisters of

A congregation of women founded 16 January, 1848, for the purpose of procuring spiritual and ...

Misocco and Galanca

(MESAUCINAE ET CALANCAE). This prefecture in the canton of Grisons, Switzerland, comprises the ...

Missa Pro Populo

The parish is established to provide the parishioners with the helps of religion, especially ...

Missal

(Latin Missale from Missa , Mass), the book which contains the prayers said by the priest ...

Mission Indians (of California)

A name of no real ethnic significance, but used as a convenient popular and official term to ...

Mission, Congregation of Priests of the

A congregation of secular priests with religious vows founded by St. Vincent de Paul. The ...

Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo, Congregation of

Founded by John Baptist Scalabrini, Bishop of Piacenza, Italy (d. 1 June, 1905); approved in ...

Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales of Annecy

Amid the many activities to which St. Francis devoted himself, he long had the desire to found a ...

Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle

Otherwise known as the "Paulist Fathers" A community of priests for giving missions and ...

Missions, California

I. LOWER CALIFORNIA California became known to the world through Hernando Cortés, the ...

Missions, Catholic

The history of Catholic missions would necessarily begin with the missionary labours of Christ, ...

Missions, Catholic Indian, of Canada

The French discoverers of Canada did not fail to impress the aborigines they met with a vague ...

Missions, Catholic Indian, of the United States

The spiritual welfare of the native tribes of America was a subject of deep concern to the ...

Missions, Catholic Parochial

This term is used to designate certain special exertions of the Church's pastoral agencies, ...

Mississippi

Mississippi, one of the United States of America , takes its name from the Mississippi River ...

Missouri

The State of Missouri was carved out of the Louisiana Territory, and derives its name from the ...

Missouri Test-Oath

In January, 1865, there assembled in St. Louis, Missouri, a "Constitutional Convention" composed ...

Mithraism

A pagan religion consisting mainly of the cult of the ancient Indo-Iranian Sun-god Mithra. It ...

Mitre

Form, Material, and Use The mitre is a kind of folding-cap. It consists of two like parts, each ...

Mittarelli, Nicola Giacomo

(In religion GIAN BENEDETTO) A monastic historian, born 2 September, 1707, at Venice ; ...

Mitylene

A titulary archbishopric in the island of Lesbos. Inhabitated, first by the Pelasgians, then by ...

Mivart, St. George Jackson

Corresponding member of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia; Member of the Council of ...

Mixe Indians

(Also Mije, Latin Mi-she) A mountain tribe in southern Mexico, noted for their extreme ...

Mixed Marriage

(Latin Matrimonia mixta ). Technically, mixed marriages are those between Catholics and ...

Mixteca Indians

(Also Misteca, Latin Mish-te-ka) One of the most important civilized tribes of southern ...

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Mo 199

Moab, Moabites

In the Old Testament, the word Moab designates (1) a son of Lot by his elder daughter ( ...

Mobile

DIOCESE OF MOBILE ( French MOBILE, Spanish MAUBILA, Latin MOBILIENSIS). Suffragan of New ...

Mocissus

A titular metropolitan see of Cappadocia. Procopius (De ædif., V, iv) informs us that this ...

Mocoví Indians

The name is also written Macobio, Mbocobi, Mocobio. They are a warlike and predatory tribe of the ...

Modalism (Monarchianism)

Heretics of the second and third centuries. The word, Monarchiani , was first used by Tertullian ...

Modena

ARCHDIOCESE OF MODENA (MUTINENSIS) Located in central Italy, between the rivers Secchia and ...

Modernism

Origin of the Word Theory of Theological Modernism The essential error of Modernism ...

Modestus, Vitus, and Crescentia, Saints

According to the legend, martyrs under Diocletian ; feast, 15 June. The earliest testimony for ...

Modigliana

DIOCESE OF MODIGLIANA (MUTILIANENSIS) Located in the Province of Florence, in Tuscany. The city ...

Modra

A titular see of Bithynia Secunda, suffragan of Nicæa. The city of Modra figures only in ...

Mohammed and Mohammedism

I. THE FOUNDER Mohammed, "the Praised One", the prophet of Islam and the founder of ...

Mohammedan Confraternities

The countries where Mohammedanism prevails are full of religious associations, more or less ...

Mohileff

(Mohyloviensis) Latin Catholic archdiocese and ecclesiastical province in Russia. For the ...

Mohr, Christian

Born at Andernach, 1823; died at Cologne, 1888. He practised his profession of sculptor chiefly ...

Mohr, Joseph

Born at Siegburg, Rhine Province, 11 Jan., 1834; died at Munich, 7 February, 1892. Father Mohr did ...

Moigno, François-Napoléon-Marie

Physicist and author, b. at Guéméné (Morbihan), 15 April, 1804; d. at ...

Molai, Jacques de

(DE MOLAY). Born at Rahon, Jura, about 1244; d. at Paris, 18 March, 1314. A Templar at Beaune ...

Molesme, Notre-Dame de

A celebrated Benedictine monastery in a village of the same name, Canton of Laignes ...

Molfetta, Terlizzi, and Giovinazzo

(MELPHICTENSIS, TERLITIENSIS ET JUVENACENSIS) Molfetta is a city of the province of Bari, in ...

Molière, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin

(Properly, JEAN-BAPTISTE POQUELIN, the name by which he became known to fame having been assumed ...

Molina, Antonio De

A Spanish Carthusian and celebrated ascetical writer, born about 1560, at Villanueva de los ...

Molina, Juan Ignacio

(Mol. or Molin). Naturalist and scientist ; b. 20 July, 1740, at Guaraculen near Talca ...

Molina, Luis de

One of the most learned and renown theologians of the Society of Jesus, b. of noble parentage at ...

Molinism

The name used to denote one of the systems which purpose to reconcile grace and free will. This ...

Molinos, Miguel de

Founder of Quietism, born at Muniesa, Spain, 21 December, 1640; died at Rome, 28 December, ...

Molitor, Wilhelm

(Pseudonyms, ULRIC RIESLER and BENNO BRONNER) A poet, novelist, canonist and publicist, born at ...

Molloy, Francis

(O'MOLLOY) A theologian, grammarian born in King's County, Ireland, at the beginning of the ...

Molloy, Gerald

A theologian and scientist, born at Mount Tallant House, near Dublin, 10 Sept., 1834; died at ...

Molo, Gasparo

(he wrote his name also MOLA and MOLI) A skilful Italian goldsmith and planisher, chiefly known ...

Moloch

( Hebrew Molech , king). A divinity worshiped by the idolatrous Israelites. The Hebrew ...

Molokai

An interesting island, one of the North Pacific group formerly known as the Sandwich Islands, or ...

Molyneux, Sir Caryll

Baronet of Sefton, and third Viscount Molyneux of Maryborough in Ireland, born 1624; died 1699. He ...

Mombritius, Bonino

A philologist, humanist, and editor of ancient writings, born 1424; died between 1482 and 1502. ...

Monaco, Principality and Diocese of

Situated on the Mediterranean Sea, on the skirts of the Turbie and the Tête de Chien ...

Monad

(From the Greek monas, monados ). Monad , in the sense of "ultimate, indivisible unit," ...

Monarchia Sicula

A right exercised from the beginning of the sixteenth century by the secular rulers of Sicily, ...

Monarchians

Heretics of the second and third centuries. The word, Monarchiani , was first used by Tertullian ...

Monasteries in Continental Europe, Suppression of

Under this title will be treated only the suppressions of religious houses (whether monastic in ...

Monasteries in England, Suppression of

From any point of view the destruction of the English monasteries by Henry VIII must be ...

Monasteries, Double

Religious houses comprising communities of both men and women, dwelling in contiguous ...

Monastery, Canonical Erection of a

A religious house (monastery or convent ) is a fixed residence of religious persons. It supposes, ...

Monasticism

Monasticism or monachism, literally the act of "dwelling alone" (Greek monos, monazein, monachos ...

Monasticism, Eastern

(1) Origin The first home of Christian monasticism is the Egyptian desert. Hither during ...

Monasticism, Pre-Chalcedonian

Egypt was the Motherland of Christian monasticism. It sprang into existence there at the ...

Monasticism, Western

(1) Pre-Benedictine Period The introduction of monasticism into the West may be dated from ...

Moncada, Francisco De

Count of Osona, Spanish historian, son of the Governor of Sardinia and Catalonia, born at ...

Mondino dei Lucci

Mondino (a diminutive for Raimondo; Mundinus) dei Lucci. Anatomist, b. probably at Bologna, ...

Mondoñedo

(Latin MONDUMETUM, or MINDON, MINDONIENSIS, also BRITONIENSIS, DUMIENSIS, and VILLABRIENSIS) ...

Mondovi

DIOCESE OF MONDOVÌ (MONTISREGALIS) Located in Piedmont, province of Cuneo, northern ...

Mone, Franz

A historian and archeologist, born at Mingolsheim near Bruchsal, Baden, 12 May, 1796; died at ...

Moneta

(MONETUS) A theologian, born at Cremona, Italy, date unknown; died at Bologna, 1240. He ...

Mongolia

The name used to designate an immense uneven plateau, part of the Chinese Empire, extending, ...

Mongus, Peter

( moggos , "stammerer", or "hoarse".) Intruded Monophysite patriarch of Alexandria (d. ...

Monica, Saint

Widow ; born of Christian parents at Tagaste, North Africa, in 333; died at Ostia, near Rome, ...

Monism

(From the Greek monos , "one", "alone", "unique"). Monism is a philosophical term which, ...

Monita Secreta

A code of instructions alleged to be addressed by Acquaviva, the fifth general of the Society, to ...

Monk

A monk may be conveniently defined as a member of a community of men, leading a more or less ...

Monk of Malmesbury, The

Supposed author of a chronicle among the Cottonian manuscripts in the British Museum (Vesp. D. ...

Monogram of Christ

By the Monogram of Christ is ordinarily understood the abbreviation of Christ's name formed by ...

Monomotapa

Whatever may be the etymological meaning of the word Monomotapa , the origin of which is much ...

Monophysites and Monophysitism

The history of this sect and of its ramifications has been summarized under E UTYCHIANISM (the ...

Monopoli, Diocese of

(MONOPOLITANA). A diocese in the Province of Bari, in Apulia, southern Italy. The city has a ...

Monopoly, Moral Aspects of

According to its etymology, monopoly ( monopolia ) signifies exclusive sale, or exclusive ...

Monotheism

Monotheism (from the Greek monos "only", and theos "god") is a word coined in comparatively ...

Monothelitism and Monothelites

(Sometimes written MONOTHELETES, from monotheletai , but the eta is more naturally ...

Monreale

Located in the province of Palermo, Sicily, on the skirts of Mount Caputo. The city is built in a ...

Monroe, James

A soldier, convert, born in Albemarle county, Virginia, U.S.A. 10 Sept., 1799; died at Orange, ...

Monsabré, Jacques-Marie-Louis

A celebrated pulpit orator, born at Blois, France, 10 Dec., 1827; died at Havre, 21 Feb., ...

Monseigneur

(From mon , "my" and seigneur , ("elder" or "lord," like Latin senior ) A French ...

Monsell, William, Baron Emly

Born 21 Sept., 1812; died at Tervoe, Co. Limerick, Ireland, 20 April, 1894. His father was ...

Monsignor

( Dominus meus; monseigneur , My Lord). As early as the fourteenth century it was the custom ...

Monstrance (Ostensorium)

(From ostendere , "to show"). Ostensorium means, in accordance with its etymology, a ...

Monstrelet, Enguerrand de

A French chronicler, born about 1390 or 1395; died in July, 1453. He was most probably a native of ...

Mont-St-Michel

A Benedictine Abbey, in the Diocese of Avranches, Normandy, France. It is unquestionably the ...

Montañés, Juan Martínez

A noted Spanish sculptor of the seventeenth century, died 1649, sometimes called "the Sevillian ...

Montagna, Bartolomeo

Italian painter, chief representative of the Vicenza School, b. at Orzinuovi about 1450; d. at ...

Montagnais Indians (Chippewayans)

A name given in error to the C HIPPEWAYANS , owing to a fancied resemblance to the ...

Montagnais Indians (Quebec)

French for "Mountaineers". The collective designation of a number of bands speaking dialects ...

Montaigne, Michel-Eyquen de

Writer, b. at the château of Montaigne, in Périgord, France, on 28 Feb., 1533; d. ...

Montalcino

DIOCESE OF MONTALCINO (ILCINENSIS) Montalcino is a small town about twenty miles from Siena, ...

Montalembert, Charles-Forbes-René

CHARLES-FORBES-RENÉ, COMTE DE MONTALEMBERT. Born in London, 15 April, 1810; died in ...

Montalto

DIOCESE OF MONTALTO (MONTIS ALTI) Located in Ascoli Piceno. The situation of the little town ...

Montana

The third largest of the United States of America , admitted to the Union 8 November, 1889; ...

Montanists

Schismatics of the second century, first known as Phrygians, or "those among the Phrygians" ( oi ...

Montanus, Benedictus Arias

Orientalist, exegete, and editor of the "Antwerp Polyglot", born at Frejenal de la Sierra in ...

Montauban

(MONTIS ALBANI) A suffragan of Toulouse, comprises the entire department of Tarn and Garonne. ...

Montault, Xavier Barbier De

Born at Loudun, 6 February, 1830; died at Blaslay, Vienne ( France ), 29 March, 1901. He came of ...

Montboissier, Blessed Peter of

(Better known as PETER THE VENERABLE). Born in Auvergne, about 1092; died at Cluny, 25 ...

Montcalm-Gozon, Marquis de Louis-Joseph

A French general, born 28 Feb., 1712, at Candiac, of Louis-Daniel and Marie-Thérèse ...

Monte Cassino, Abbey of

An abbey nullius situated about eighty miles south of Rome, the cradle of the Benedictine ...

Monte Vergine

An abbey in the province of Naples, Italy, near the town of Avellino, commanding a magnificent ...

Montefeltro

(FERETRANA) Located in the province of Urbino, in the Marches, Central Italy. The earliest ...

Montefiascone

(MONTIS FALISCI) Located in the province of Rome. The city is situated nearly 2000 feet above ...

Montemayor, Jorge De

(MONTEMÔR) A writer, born at Montemôr, province of Coimbra, Portugal, about 1520; ...

Montenegro

A kingdom in the Balkan Peninsula, on the east coast of the Adriatic Sea; the territory was in ...

Montepulciano

DIOCESE OF MONTEPULCIANO (MONTIS POLITIANI) Diocese in the province of Siena, in Tuscany. The ...

Monterey and Los Angeles

DIOCESE OF MONTEREY AND LOS ANGELES (MONTEREYENSIS ET ANGELORUM). Comprises that part of the ...

Montes Pietatis

Montes Pietatius are charitable institutions of credit that lend money at low rates of ...

Montesa, Military Order of

This order was established in the Kingdom of Aragon to take the place of the Order of the ...

Montesino, Antonio

A Spanish missionary, date of birth unknown; died in the West Indies, 1545. Of his early life ...

Montesinos, Luis de

Spanish theologian, date and place of birth unknown; d. 7 Oct., 1621. He entered the Dominican ...

Montesqieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de

French writer and publicist, b. in the Château de la Brède near Bordeaux, 18 ...

Monteverde, Claudio

A distinguished musician, born at Cremona, May, 1567; died at Venice, 29 Nov., 1643. He studied ...

Montevideo

(MONTISVIDEI) Located in Uruguay, comprises the whole of the republic. This territory was ...

Montfaucon, Bernard de

French scholar, b. in 1655, at the château de Soulatge, Department of Aude, arrondissement ...

Montfort, Simon de

An Earl of Leicester, date of birth unknown, died at Toulouse, 25 June, 1218. Simon (IV) de ...

Montgolfier, Joseph-Michel

Inventor; b. at Vidalon-lez-Annonay, Department of Ardèche, France, 26 August, 1740; d. ...

Months, Special Devotions for

During the Middle Ages the public functions of the Church and the popular devotions of the ...

Montmagny, Charles Huault De

The second French Governor of Canada, born in France towards the end of the sixteenth century, ...

Montmirail, John de

(MONTE-MIRABILI) Son of Andrew, Lord of Montmirail and Ferté-Gaucher, and Hildiarde ...

Montmorency, Anne, First Duke of

Born at Chantilly, 15 March, 1492; died at Paris, 12 November, 1567. He belonged to that family ...

Montor, Alexis-François Artaud De

A diplomat and historian, born at Paris, 31 July, 1772; died at Paris, 12 Nov., 1849. An ...

Montpellier

The Diocese of Montpellier (Montis Pessulani) comprises the department of Hérault, and is a ...

Montreal, Archdiocese of

Metropolitan of the ecclesiastical Province of Montreal. Suffragans: the Dioceses of ...

Montreuil

Charterhouse of Notre-Dame-des-Pres, at Montreuil, in the Diocese of Arras, Department of ...

Montreuil Abbey

A former convent of Cistercian nuns in the Diocese of Laon, now Soissons, France. Some ...

Montyon, Antoine-Jean-Baptiste-Robert Auget, Baron de

Famous French philanthropist; b. at Paris, 23 December, 1733; d. there 29 December, 1820. He was ...

Moore, Arthur

Count, b. at Liverpool, 1849; d. at Mooresfort, Tipperary, Ireland, 1904, was the son of ...

Moore, Michael

(Or MOOR) Priest, preacher, and professor, b. at Dublin, Ireland, 1640; d. at Paris, 22 ...

Moore, Thomas

Poet and biographer, b. 28 May, 1779, at Dublin, Ireland ; d. 26 February, 1852, at Devizes, ...

Mopsuestia

A titular see of Cilicia Secunda in Asia Minor and suffragan of Anazarbus. The founding of ...

Moréri, Louis

An encyclopaedist, b. at Bargemont in the Diocese of Fréjus, France, 25 March, 1643, d. at ...

Mor, Antonis Van Dashort

(MOOR) Commonly called ANTONIO MORO, or ANTHONIS MORE, a Dutch painter, b. at Utrecht in 1519; ...

Moral Theology

Moral theology is a branch of theology, the science of God and Divine things. The distinction ...

Morales, Ambrosio

Spanish historian, b. at Cordova, 1513; d. in 1591. After his studies at the University of ...

Morales, Christóbal

A composer, born at Seville, 2 Jan., 1512; died at Málaga, 14 June, 1553. From 1 Sept., ...

Morales, Juan Bautista

Missionary, b. about 1597 at Ecija in Andalusia, Spain ; d. Fu-ning, China, 17 Sept., 1664. He ...

Morales, Luis de

Spanish painter, b. at Badajoz in Estremadura about 1509; d. at Badajoz, 1586. His life was ...

Moralities

( Also: MORALITY PLAYS or MORAL PLAYS). Moralities are a development or an offshoot of the ...

Morality

It is necessary at the outset of this article to distinguish between morality and ethics , ...

Moran, Francis Patrick

Third Archbishop of Sydney, b. at Leighlinbridge, Ireland, 16 Sept., 1830; d. at Manly, Sydney, ...

Moratín, Leandro Fernandez de

Spanish poet and playwright, b. at Madrid, 10 March, 1760; at Paris, 21 June, 1828. He is ...

Moravia

( German MÄHREN). Austrian crown land east of Bohemia. In the century before the Christian ...

Moravian Brethren

(MORAVIAN BRETHREN, or UNITAS FRATRUM). DEFINITION AND DOCTRINAL POSITION "Bohemian Brethren" ...

Morcelli, Stefano Antonio

An Italian Jesuit and learned epigraphist; b. 17 January, 1737, at Chiari near Brescia ; d. ...

More, Helen

(DAME GERTRUDE.) Benedictine nun of the English Congregation; b. at Low Leyton, Essex, ...

More, Henry

Great-grandson of the martyred English chancellor ; b., 1586; d. at Watten in 1661. Having ...

More, Thomas, Saint

Saint, knight, Lord Chancellor of England, author and martyr, born in London, 7 February, ...

Morel, Gall

Poet, scholar, aesthete, and educationist, b. at St. Fiden, Switzerland, on 24 March, 1803; d. at ...

Morell, Juliana

Dominican nun, b. at Barcelona, Spain, 16 February, 1594; d. at the convent of the Dominican ...

Morelos, José María

Mexican patriot, b. at Valladolid (now called Morelia in his honour ), Mexico, on 30 September, ...

Moreto y Cabaña, Augustine

Spanish dramatist; b. at Madrid, 9 April, 1618, d. at Toledo, 28 Octoher, 1669. He received what ...

Morgagni, Giovanni Battista

Called by Virchow, the "Father of Modern Pathology", a distinguished Italian physician and ...

Morgan, Venerable Edward

Welsh priest, martyr, b. at Bettisfield, Hanmer, Flintshire, executed at Tyburn, London, 26 ...

Morghen, Raffaello

Italian engraver, b. at Portici, 19 June, 1768 (1761?); d. at Florence, 8 April, 1833. His ...

Moriarty, David

Bishop and pulpit orator, b. in Ardfert, Co. Kerry, in 1812; d. 1 October, 1877. He received ...

Morigi, Michaelangelo (Caravaggio)

A Milanese painter, b. at Caravaggio in 1569, d. at Porto d' Ercole in 1609. His family name was ...

Morimond, Abbey of

Fourth daughter of Cîteaux situated in Champagne, Diocese of Langres , France ; was ...

Morin, Jean

A French priest of the Oratory, b. at Blois, in 1591, d. at Paris, 28 Feb., 1659. According to ...

Mormons

( Also called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.) This religious body had ...

Morocco

(Prefecture Apostolic of Morocco). The country known as Morocco (from Marrakesh, the name of ...

Morone, Giovanni

Cardinal, Bishop of Modena, b. at Milan 25 Jan., 1509; d. at Rome, 1 Dec., 1580. He belonged ...

Moroni, Gaetano

The author of the well-known "Dizionario di erudizione storico-ecclesiastica", b. at Rome, 17 ...

Moroni, Giovanni Battista

A painter, b. at Bondo, near Albino, in the territory of Bergamo, between 1520 and 1525; d. at ...

Morris, John

Canon, afterwards Jesuit, F.S.A., b. in India, 4 July, 1826; d. at Wimbledon, 22 Oct., 1893, ...

Morris, John Brande

Born at Brentford, Middlesex, 4 September, 1812; died at Hammersmith, London, 9 April, 1880; he ...

Morris, Martin Ferdinand

Lawyer and jurist, b. 3 December, 1834, at Washington, D.C.; d. 12 September, 1909, at Washington, ...

Morse

( Latin morsus ). Also called the MONILLE, FIRMULA, FIRMULE, PECTOIRALE, originally the ...

Morse, Venerable Henry

Martyr ; b. in 1595 in Norfolk; d. at Tyburn, 1 Feb., 1644. He was received into the church at ...

Mortification

One of the methods which Christian ascesticism employs in training the soul to virtuous and ...

Mortmain

(Old Fr., morte meyn ), dead-hand, or "such a state of possession of land as makes it ...

Morton, John

Cardinal, Archbishop of Canterbury, b. in Dorsetshire about 1420, d. at Knowle, Kent, 15 Sept., ...

Morton, Robert

English priest and martyr, b. at Bawtry, Yorks, about 1548; executed in Lincoln's Inn Fields, ...

Mosaic Legislation

The body of juridical, moral, and ceremonial institutions, laws and decisions comprised in the ...

Mosaics

Mosaics, as a term, according to the usual authorities is derived through generations of gradual ...

Moschus, Johannes

( ho tou Moschou , son of Moschus) A monk and ascetical writer, b. about 550 probably at ...

Moscow

(Russian Moskva ). The ancient capital of Russia and the chief city of the government ...

Moses

Hebrew liberator, leader, lawgiver, prophet, and historian, lived in the thirteenth and early part ...

Moses Bar Cephas

A Syriac bishop and writer, b. at Balad about 813; d. 12 Feb., 903. He is known through a ...

Moses Maimonides, Teaching of

Moses ben Maimun (Arabic, Abu Amran Musa), Jewish commentator and philosopher, was born of ...

Moses of Chorene

(MOSES CHORENENSIS) Perhaps the best known writer of Armenia, called by his countrymen "the ...

Mossul

The seat of a Chaldean archdiocese, a Syrian diocese, and an Apostolic Mission. The origin of ...

Most Precious Blood, Archconfraternity of the

Confraternities which made it their special object to venerate the Blood of Christ first arose in ...

Most Precious Blood, Feast of the

For many dioceses there are two days to which the Office of the Precious Blood has been ...

Most Pure Heart of Mary, Feast of the

In its principal object this feast is identical with the feast of the "Inner Life of Mary", ...

Mostar and Markana-Trebinje

(MANDATRIENSIS, MARCANENSIS ET TRIBUNENSIS) When at the Berlin Congress (1878) ...

Mosynoupolis

Titular see, suffragan of Trajanopolis in Rhodope. A single bishop is known, Paul, who assisted ...

Motet

A short piece of music set to Latin words, and sung instead of, or immediately after, the ...

Motolinia, Toribio de Benavente

Franciscan missionary, b. at Benavente, Spain, at the end of the fifteenth century; d. in the ...

Motu Proprio

The name given to certain papal rescripts on account of the clause motu proprio (of his own ...

Mouchy, Antoine de

(Called DEMOCHARES.) Theologian and canonist, b. 1494, at Ressons-sur-Matz, near Beauvais, in ...

Moufang, Franz Christoph Ignaz

Theologian, b. at Mainz, 17 Feb., 1817; d. there, 27 Feb., 1890. His early studies were made at ...

Moulins

D IOCESE OF M OULINS (M OLINENSIS ). Suffragan of Sens -- comprises the entire ...

Mount Athos

Athos is a small tongue of land that projects into the Aegean Sea, being the eastern-most of the ...

Mount Calvary, Congregations of

I. DAUGHTERS OF MOUNT CALVARY Founded in 1619 by Virginia Centurione (d. 1651), daughter of the ...

Mount Carmel, Feast of Our Lady of

This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title ...

Mount Saint Mary's College

Mount St. Mary's College , the second oldest among the Catholic collegiate institutions in the ...

Movers, Franz Karl

Exegete and Orientalist, b. at Koesfeld, Westphalia, 17 July, 1806; d. at Breslau, 28 Sept., ...

Moxos Indians

(MOYOS INDIANS). According to one authority, they are named from Musu, their Quichua name; ...

Moy De Sons, Karl Ernst, Freiherr Von

A jurist, born 10 August, 1799, at Munich ; died 1 August, 1867, at Innsbruck (Tyrol). He ...

Moye, Ven. John Martin

Priest of the Diocese of Metz, founder of the Sisters of Divine Providence, missionary in China, ...

Moylan, Francis

Bishop of Cork, born at Cork, 1739; died in 1815. He was the son of a rich merchant. As the ...

Moylan, Stephen

An American patriot and merchant, born in Ireland in 1734; died at Philadelphia, 11 April, ...

Mozambique

(Mocambique) The former official and still usual name given to the Portuguese possessions on ...

Mozarabic Rite

This subject will be treated under the following heads: I. History and Origin; II. Manuscripts and ...

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

One of the greatest musical geniuses in history, born at Salzburg, Austria, 27 January, 1756; died ...

Mozetena Indians

A group of some half dozen tribes constituting a distinct linguistic stock upon the headwaters of ...

Mozzetta

A short, cape-shaped garment, covering the shoulders and reaching only to the elbow, with an open ...

Mozzi, Luigi

Controversialist, born at Bergamo, 26 May, 1746; died near Milan, 24 June, 1813. He entered the ...

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Mrak, Ignatius

The second Bishop of Marquette, U.S.A., born 16 October, 1818, in Hotovle, in the Diocese of ...

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Muchar, Albert Anton Von

An historian, born at Linez, Tyrol, 22 Nov., 1781; died at Graz, Styria, 6 June, 1849. He was ...

Mulhall, Michael George

Statistician, b. in Dublin, 29 September, 1829; d. there 13 Dec., 1900. He was educated at the ...

Mulholland, St. Clair Augustine

Born at Lisburn, Co. Antrium, Ireland, 1 April 1839; died at Philadelphia, 17 Feb., 1910. ...

Mullanphy, John

Merchant, philanthropist, b. near Enniskillen, Co. Fremanagh, Ireland, 1758; d. at St. Louis, ...

Mullock, John T.

Bishop of St. John's, Newfoundland, born in 1807 at Limerick, Ireland ; died at St. John's, ...

Mundwiler, Fintan

Abbot of the Benedictine monastery of St. Meinrad, Indiana, born at Dietikon in Switzerland, ...

Munich-Freising

ARCHDIOCESE OF MUNICH-FREISING (MONASENSIS ET FRISINGENSIS). An archdiocese in Bavaria. This ...

Munkács

Diocese in Hungary, of Greek Catholic Rite, suffragan of Gran. It dates from the fifteenth ...

Mura, Saint

Born in Co. Donegal, Ireland, about 550. He was appointed Abbot of Fahan by St. Columba. The ...

Muratori, Luigi Antonio

Librarian in Modena, one of the greatest scholars of his time, b. 21 Oct., 1672; d. 23 Jan., ...

Muratorian Canon

Also called the Muratorian Fragment, after the name of the discoverer and first editor, L. A. ...

Murder

( Latin homo , man; and caedere , to slay) Homicide signifies, in general, the killing of a ...

Muret, Marc-Antoine

French humanist, b. at Muret, near Limoges, in 1526; d. at Rome, in 1585. He studied at Poitiers ...

Muri

(MURI-GRIES) An abbey of monks of the Order of S. Benedict, which flourished for over ...

Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

Spanish painter ; b. at Seville, 31 December, 1617; d. there 5 April, 1682. His family surname ...

Murner, Thomas

Greatest German satirist of the sixteenth century, b. at Oberehnheim, Alsace, 24 Dec., 1475; d. ...

Muro-Lucano

(MURANENSIS) Located in the province of Potenza, in Basilicata, southern Italy. The town is ...

Murray, Daniel

An Archbishop of Dublin, b. 1768, at Sheepwalk, near Arklow, Ireland ; d. at Dublin. He was ...

Murray, John O'Kane

Physician, historian, b. in County Antrim, Ireland, 12 Dec., 1847; d. at Chicago, Illinois, ...

Murray, Patrick

Theologian, b. Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland, 18 November, 1811; d. 15 Nov., 1882, in ...

Museums, Christian

Though applicable to collections composed of Christian objects representative of all epochs, ...

Mush

An Armenian Catholic see, comprising the sanjaks of Mush and Seert, in the vilayet of Bitlis. It ...

Mush, John

(Alias RATCLIFFE) A priest, b. in Yorkshire, 1551 or 1552; d. at Wenge, Co. Bucks, 1612 or ...

Music of the Mass

Under this heading will be considered exclusively the texts of the Mass (and not, therefore, the ...

Music, Ecclesiastical

By this term is meant the music which, by order or with the approbation of ecclesiastical ...

Musical Instruments in Church Services

For almost a thousand years Gregorian chant, without any instrumental or harmonic addition, was ...

Musso, Cornelius

Friar Minor Conventual, Bishop of Bitonto, prominent at the Council of Trent ; born at Piacenza ...

Musti

A titular see of Proconsular Africa, suffragan of Carthage. This town, which was a Roman ...

Musuros, Markos

A learned Greek humanist, born 1470 at Retimo, Crete; died 1517 at Rome. The son of a rich ...

Mutis, José Celestino

Eminent naturalist and scientist in South America, b. at Cadiz, Spain , 6 April, 1732; d. at ...

Muzzarelli, Alfonso

A learned Italian Jesuit, b. 22 August, 1749, at Ferrara ; d. 25 May, 1813, at Paris. He ...

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Mylasa

A titular see of Asia Minor, suffragan of Aphrodisias, or Stauropolis, in Caria. This city, the ...

Myndus

A titular see of Caria, suffragan of Stauropolis. This city, known through its coins and ...

Myra

A titular see of Lycia in Asia Minor. The city was from time immemorial one of the chief places ...

Myrina

A titular see of Asia Minor, suffragan of Ephesus. Herodotus (I, 149) mentions it as one of the ...

Myriophytum

A titular see of Thracia Prima and suffragan of Heraclea. The early history of this city is ...

Mysore

(MAISOUR); DIOCESE OF MYSORE (MYSURIENSIS) Diocese in India, suffragan to Pondicherry, ...

Mysteries and Miracle Plays

These two names are used to designate the religious drama which developed among Christian ...

Mystery

(Greek mysterion , from myein , "to shut", "to close".) This term signifies in general ...

Mystical Body of the Church

The analogy borne by any society of men to an organism is sufficiently manifest. In every ...

Mystical Marriage

In the Old and the New Testament , the love of God for man, and, in particular His relations ...

Mystical Theology

Mystical theology is the science which treats of acts and experiences or states of the soul ...

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