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Pope St. Gregory I ("the Great")

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Doctor of the Church ; born at Rome about 540; died 12 March 604. Gregory

is certainly one of the most notable figures inEcclesiastical History. He has exercised in many respects a momentous influence on the doctrine, the organization, and thediscipline of the Catholic Church. To him we must look for an explanation of the religious situation of the Middle Ages ; indeed, if no account were taken of his work, the evolution of the form of medieval Christianity would be almost inexplicable. And further, in so far as the modern Catholic system is a legitimate development of medieval Catholicism, of this too Gregory may not unreasonably be termed the Father. Almost all the leading principles of the later Catholicism are found, at any rate in germ, in Gregory the Great. (F.H. Dudden, "Gregory the Great", 1, p. v).

This eulogy by a learned non-Catholic writer will justify the length and elaboration of the following article.

I. FROM BIRTH TO 574

Gregory's father was Gordianus, a wealthy patrician, probably of the famous gens Amicia , who owned large estates in Sicily and a mansion on the Caelian Hill in Rome, the ruins of which, apparently in a wonderful state of preservation, still await excavation beneath the Church of St. Andrew and St. Gregory. His mother Silvia appears also to have been of good family, but very little is known of her life. She is honoured as a saint, her feast being kept on 3 November. Portraits of Gordianus and Silvia were painted by Gregory's order, in the atrium of St. Andrew's monastery, and a pleasing description of these may be found in John the Deacon (Vita, IV, lxxxiii).

Besides his mother, two of Gregory's aunts have been canonised, Gordianus's two sisters, Tarsilla and Æmiliana, so that John the Deacon speaks of his education as being that of a saint among saints.

Of his early years we know nothing beyond what the history of the period tells us. Between the years 546 and 552 Rome was first captured by the Goths under Totila, and then abandoned by them; next it was garrisoned by Belisarius, and besieged in vain by the Goths, who took it again, however, after the recall of Belisarius, only to lose it once more to Narses. Gregory's mind and memory were both exceptionally receptive, and it is to the effect produced on him by these disasters that we must attribute the tinge of sadness which pervades his writings and especially his clear expectation of a speedy end to the world.

Of his education, we have no details. Gregory of Tours tells us that in grammar, rhetoric and dialectic he was so skilful as to be thought second to none in all Rome, and it seems certain also that he must have gone through a course of legal studies. Not least among the educating influences was the religious atmosphere of his home. He loved to meditate on the Scriptures and to listen attentively to the conversations of his elders, so that he was "devoted to God from his youth up".

His rank and prospects pointed him out naturally for a public career, and he doubtless held some of the subordinate offices wherein a young patrician embarked on public life. That he acquitted himself well in these appears certain, since we find him about the year 573, when little more than thirty years old, filling the important office of prefect of the city of Rome. At that date the brilliant post was shorn of much of its old magnificence, and its responsibilities were reduced; still it remained the highest civil dignity in the city, and it was only after long prayer and inward struggle that Gregory decided to abandon everything and become a monk. This event took place most probably in 574.

His decision once taken, he devoted himself to the work and austerities of his new life with all the natural energy of his character. His Sicilian estates were given up to found six monasteries there, and his home on the Caelian Hill was converted into another under the patronage of St. Andrew. Here he himself took the cowl, so that "he who had been wont to go about the city clad in the trabea and aglow with silk and jewels, now clad in a worthless garment served the altar of the Lord " ( Gregory of Tours , X, i).

II. AS MONK AND ABBOT (C. 574-590)

There has been much discussion as to whether Gregory and his fellow-monks at St. Andrew's followed the Rule of St. Benedict. Baronius and others on his authority have denied this, while it has been asserted as strongly by Mabillon and the Bollandists, who, in the preface to the life of St. Augustine (26 May), retract the opinion expressed earlier in the preface to St. Gregory's life (12 March). The controversy is important only in view of the question as to the form of monasticism introduced by St. Augustine into England, and it may be said that Baronius's view is now practically abandoned.

For about three years Gregory lived in retirement in the monastery of St. Andrew, a period to which he often refers as the happiest portion of his life. His great austerities during this time are recorded by the biographers, and probably caused the weak health from which he constantly suffered in later life.

However, he was soon drawn out of his seclusion, when, in 578, the pope ordained him, much against his will, as one of the seven deacons ( regionarii ) of Rome. The period was one of acute crisis. The Lombards were advancing rapidly towards the city, and the only chance of safety seemed to be in obtaining help from the Emperor Tiberius at Byzantium. Pope Pelagius II accordingly dispatched a special embassy to Tiberius, and sent Gregory along with it as his apocrisiarius , or permanent ambassador to the Court of Byzantium. The date of this new appointment seems to have been the spring of 579, and it lasted apparently for about six years.

Nothing could have been more uncongenial to Gregory than the worldly atmosphere of the brilliant Byzantine Court, and to counteract its dangerous influence he followed the monastic life so far as circumstances permitted. This was made easier by the fact that several of his brethren from St. Andrew's accompanied him to Constantinople. With them he prayed and studied the Scriptures, one result of which remains in his "Morals", or series of lectures on the Book of Job , composed during this period at the request of St. Leander of Seville , whose acquaintance Gregory made during his stay in Constantinople.

Much attention was attracted to Gregory by his controversy with Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople , concerning the Resurrection. Eutychius had published a treatise on the subject maintaining that the risen bodies of the elect would be "impalpable, more light than air". To this view Gregory objected the palpability of Christ's risen body. The dispute became prolonged and bitter, till at length the emperor intervened, both combatants being summoned to a private audience, where they stated their views. The emperor decided that Gregory was in the right, and ordered Eutychius's book to the burned. The strain of the struggle had been so great that both fell ill. Gregory recovered, but the patriarch succumbed, recanting his error on his death bed.

Mention should be made of the curious fact that, although Gregory's sojourn at Constantinople lasted for six years, he seems never to have mastered even the rudiments of Greek. Possibly he found that the use of an interpreter had its advantages, but he often complains of the incapacity of those employed for this purpose. It must be owned that, so far as obtaining help for Rome was concerned, Gregory's stay at Constantinople was a failure. However, his period as ambassador taught him very plainly a lesson which was to bear great fruit later on when he ruled in Rome as pope. This was the important fact that no help was any longer to be looked for from Byzantium, with the corollary that, if Rome and Italy were to be saved at all, it could only be by vigorous independent action of the powers on the spot. Humanly speaking, it is to the fact that Gregory had acquired this conviction that his later line of action with all its momentous consequences is due.

In the year 586, or possibly 585, he was recalled to Rome, and with the greatest joy returned to St. Andrew's, of which he became abbot soon afterwards. The monastery grew famous under his energetic rule, producing many monks who won renown later, and many vivid pictures of this period may be found in the "Dialogues".

Gregory gave much of his time to lecturing on the Holy Scripture and is recorded to have expounded to his monks the Heptateuch, Books of Kings, the Prophets, the Book of Proverbs, and the Canticle of Canticles. Notes of these lectures were taken at the time by a young student named Claudius, but when transcribed were found by Gregory to contain so many errors that he insisted on their being given to him for correction and revision. Apparently this was never done, for the existing fragments of such works attributed to Gregory are almost certainly spurious.

At this period, however, one important literary enterprise was certainly completed. This was the revision and publication of the "Magna Moralia", or lectures on the Book of Job, undertaken in Constantinople at the request of St. Leander. In one of his letters (Ep., V, liii) Gregory gives an interesting account of the origin of this work.

To this period most probably should be assigned the famous incident of Gregory's meeting with the English youths in the Forum. The first mention of the event is in the Whitby life (c, ix), and the whole story seems to be an English tradition. It is worth notice, therefore, that in the St. Gall manuscript the Angles do not appear as slave boys exposed for sale, but as men visiting Rome of their own free will, whom Gregory expressed a desire to see. It is Venerable Bede (Hist. Eccl., II, i) who first makes them slaves.

In consequence of this meeting Gregory was so fixed with desire to convert the Angles that he obtained permission from Pelagius II to go in person to Britain with some of his fellow-monks as missionaries. The Romans, however, were greatly incensed at the pope's act. With angry words they demanded Gregory's recall, and messengers were at once dispatched to bring him back to Rome, if necessary by force. These men caught up with the little band of missionaries on the third day after their departure, and at once returned with them, Gregory offering no opposition, since he had received what appeared to him as a sign from heaven that his enterprise should be abandoned.

The strong feeling of the Roman populace that Gregory must not be allowed to leave Rome is a sufficient proof of the position he now held there. He was in fact the chief adviser and assistant of Pelagius II, towards whom he seems to have acted very much in the capacity of secretary (see the letter of the Bishop of Ravenna to Gregory, Epp., III, lxvi, "Sedem apostolicam, quam antae moribus nunc etiam honore debito gubernatis"). In this capacity, probably in 586, Gregory wrote his important letter to the schismatical bishops of Istria who had separated from communion with the Church on the question of the Three Chapters (Epp., Appendix, III, iii). This document, which is almost a treatise in length, is an admirable example of Gregory's skill, but it failed to produce any more effort than Pelagius's two previous letters had, and the schism continued.

The year 589 was one of widespread disaster throughout all the empire. In Italy there was an unprecedented inundation. Farms and houses were carried away by the floods. The Tiber overflowed its banks, destroying numerous buildings, among them the granaries of the Church with all the store of corn. Pestilence followed on the floods, and Rome became a very city of the dead. Business was at a standstill, and the streets were deserted save for the wagons which bore forth countless corpses for burial in common pits beyond the city walls.

Then, in February, 590, as if to fill the cup of misery to the brim, Pelagius II died. The choice of a successor lay with the clergy and people of Rome, and without any hesitation they elected Gregory, Abbot of St. Andrew's. In spite of their unanimity Gregory shrank from the dignity thus offered him. He knew, no doubt, that its acceptance meant a final good-bye to the cloister life he loved, and so he not only refused to accede to the prayers of his fellow citizens but also wrote personally to the Emperor Maurice, begging him with all earnestness not to confirm the election. Germanus, prefect of the city, suppressed this letter, however, and sent instead of it the formal schedule of the election.

In the interval while awaiting the emperor's reply the business of the vacant see was transacted by Gregory, in commission with two or three other high officials. As the plague still continued unabated, Gregory called upon the people to join in a vast sevenfold procession which was to start from each of the seven regions of the city and meet at the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin, all praying the while for pardon and the withdrawal of the pestilence. This was accordingly done, and the memory of the event is still preserved by the name "Sant' Angelo" given to the mausoleum of Hadrian from the legend that the Archangel St. Michael was seen upon its summit in the act of sheathing his sword as a sign that the plague was over.

At length, after six months of waiting, came the emperor's confirmation of Gregory's election. The saint was terrified at the news and even meditated flight. He was seized, however, carried to the Basilica of St. Peter, and there consecrated pope on 3 September, 590. The story that Gregory actually fled the city and remained hidden in a forest for three days, when his whereabouts was revealed by a supernatural light, seems to be pure invention. It appears for the first time in the Whitby life (c. vii), and is directly contrary to the words of his contemporary, Gregory of Tours (Hist. Franc., X, i). Still he never ceased to regret his elevation, and his later writings contain numberless expressions of strong feeling on this point.

III. AS POPE (590-604)

Fourteen years of life remained to Gregory, and into these he crowded work enough to have exhausted the energies of a lifetime. What makes his achievement more wonderful is his constant ill-health. He suffered almost continually from indigestion and, at intervals, from attacks of slow fever, while for the last half of his pontificate he was a martyr to gout. In spite of these infirmities, which increased steadily, his biographer, Paul the Deacon, tells us "he never rested" (Vita, XV). His work as pope is of so varied a nature that it will be best to take it in sections, although this destroys any exact chronological sequence.

At the very outset of his pontificate Gregory published his "Liber pastoralis curae", or book on the office of a bishop, in which he lays down clearly the lines he considers it his duty to follow. The work, which regards the bishop pre-eminently as the physician of souls, is divided into four parts.

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  • He points out in the first that only one skilled already as a physician of the soul is fitted to undertake the "supreme rule" of the episcopate.
  • In the second he describes how the bishop's life should be ordered from a spiritual point of view;
  • in the third, how he ought to teach and admonish those under him,
  • and in the fourth how, in spite of his good works, he ought to bear in mind his own weakness, since the better his work the greater the danger of falling through self-confidence.

This little work is the key to Gregory's life as pope, for what he preached he practiced. Moreover, it remained for centuries the textbook of the Catholic episcopate, so that by its influence the ideal of the great pope has moulded the character of the Church, and his spirit has spread into all lands.

(1) Life and Work in Rome

As pope Gregory still lived with monastic simplicity. One of his first acts was to banish all the lay attendants, pages, etc., from the Lateran palace, and substitute clerics in their place. There was now no magister militum living in Rome, so the control even of military matters fell to the pope. The inroads of the Lombards had filled the city with a multitude of indigent refugees, for whose support Gregory made provision, using for this purpose the existing machinery of the ecclesiastical districts, each of which had its deaconry or "office of alms ". The corn thus distributed came chiefly from Sicily and was supplied by the estates of the Church.

The temporal needs of his people being thus provided for, Gregory did not neglect their spiritual wants, and a large number of his sermons have come down to us. It was he who instituted the "stations" still observed and noted in the Roman Missal. He met the clergy and people at some church previously agreed upon, and all together went in procession to the church of the station, where Mass was celebrated and the pope preached. These sermons, which drew immense crowds, are mostly simple, popular expositions of Scripture. Chiefly remarkable is the preacher's mastery of the Bible , which he quotes unceasingly, and his regular use of anecdote to illustrate the point in hand, in which respect he paves the way for the popular preachers of the Middle Ages . In July, 595, Gregory held his first synod in St. Peter's , which consisted almost wholly of the bishops of the suburbicarian sees and the priests of the Roman titular churches. Six decrees dealing with ecclesiastical discipline were passed, some of them merely confirming changes already made by the pope on his own authority.

Much controversy still exists as to the exact extent of Gregory's reforms of the Roman Liturgy. All admit that he did make the following modifications in the pre-existing practice:

  • In the Canon of the Mass he inserted the words "diesque nostros in tua pace disponas, atque ab aeterna damnatione nos eripi, et in electorum tuorum jubras grege numerari";
  • he ordered the Pater Noster to be recited in the Canon before the breaking of the Host ;
  • he provided that the Alleluia should be chanted after the Gradual out of paschal time, to which period, apparently, the Roman use had previously confined it;
  • he prohibited the use of the chasuble by subdeacons assisting at Mass ;
  • he forbade deacons to perform any of the musical portions of the Mass other than singing the Gospel.

Beyond these and some few minor points it seems impossible to conclude with certainty what changes Gregory did make. As to the much-disputed question of the Gregorian Sacramentary and the almost more difficult point of his relation to the plain song or chant of the Church, for Gregory's connection with which matters the earliest authority seems to be John the Deacon (Vita, II, vi, Xvii), see GREGORIAN CHANT ; SACRAMENTARY.

There is no lack of evidence, however, to illustrate Gregory's activity as manager of the patrimony of St. Peter . By his day the estates of the Church had reached vast dimensions. Varying estimates place their total area at from 1300 to 1800 square miles, and there seems no reason for supposing this to be an exaggeration, while the income arising therefrom was probably not less than $1,500,000 a year. The land lay in many places — Campania, Africa, Sicily, and elsewhere — and, as their landlord, Gregory displayed a skill in finance and estate management which excites our admiration no less than it did the surprise of his tenants and agents, who suddenly found that they had a new master who was not to be deceived or cheated.

The management of each patrimony was carried out by a number of agents of varying grades and duties under an official called the rector or defensor of the patrimony. Previously the rectors had usually been laymen, but Gregory established the custom of appointing ecclesiastics to the post. In doing this he probably had in view the many extra duties of an ecclesiastical nature which he called upon them to undertake. Thus examples may be found of such rectors being commissioned to undertake the filling up of vacant sees, holding of local synods, taking action against heretics, providing for the maintenance of churches and monasteries, rectifying abuses in the churches of their district, with the enforcing of ecclesiastical discipline and even the reproof and correction of local bishops. Still Gregory never allowed the rectors to interfere in such matters on their own responsibility.

In the minutiae of estate management nothing was too small for Gregory's personal notice, from the exact number of sextarii in a modius of corn, or how many solidi went to one golden pound, to the use of false weights by certain minor agents. He finds time to write instructions on every detail and leaves no complaint unattended to, even from the humblest of his multitude of tenants. Throughout the large number of letters which deal with the management of the patrimony, the pope's determination to secure a scrupulously righteous administration is evident. As bishop, he is the trustee of God and St. Peter , and his agents must show that they realize this by their conduct. Consequently, under his able management the estat es of the Church increased steadily in value, the tenants were contented, and the revenues paid in with unprecedented regularity.

The only fault ever laid at his door in this matter is that, by his boundless charities, he emptied his treasury. But this, if a fault at all, was a natural consequence of his view that he was the administrator of the property of the poor, for whom he could never do enough.

(2) Relations with the Suburbicarian Churches

As patriarchs of the West the popes exercise a special jurisdiction over and above their universal primacy as successors of St. Peter ; and among Western churches, this jurisdiction extends in a most intimate manner over the churches of Italy and the isles adjacent.

On the mainland much of this territory was in the hands of the Lombards, with whose Arian clergy Gregory was, of course, not in communion. Whenever opportunity offered, however, he was careful to provide for the needs of the faithful in these parts, frequently uniting them to some neighboring diocese, when they were too few to occupy the energies of a bishop.

On the islands, of which Sicily was by far the most important, the pre-existing church system was maintained. Gregory appointed a vicar, usually the metropolitan of the province, who exercised a general supervision over the whole church. He also insisted strongly on the holding of local synods as ordered by the Council of Nicaea, and letters of his exist addressed to bishops in Sicily, Sardinia, and Gaul reminding them of their duties in this respect.

The supreme instance of Gregory's intervention in the affairs of these dioceses occurs in the case of Sardinia, where the behaviour of Januarius the half-witted, aged Metropolitan of Cagliari, had reduced the church to a state of semi-chaos.

A large number of letters relate to the reforms instituted by the pope (Epp., II, xlvii; III, xxxvi; IV, ix,xxiii-xxvii, xxix; V, ii; IX, i, xi, ccii-cciv; XIV, ii). His care over the election of a new bishop whenever a vacancy occurs is shown in many cases, and if, after his examination of the elect, which is always a searching one, he finds him unfitted for the post, he has no hesitation in rejecting him and commanding another to be chosen (Epp., I, lv, lvi; VII, xxxviii; X, vii).

With regard to discipline the pope was specially strict in enforcing the Church's laws as to the celibacy of the clergy (Epp., I, xlii, 1; IV. v, xxvi, xxxiv; VII, i; IX, cx, ccxviii; X, xix; XI, lvi a; XIII, xxxviii, xxxix); the exemption of clerics from lay tribunals (Epp., I, xxxix a; VI, xi, IX, liii, lxxvi, lxxix; X, iv; XI, xxxii; XIII, 1); and the deprivation of all ecclesiastics guilty of criminal or scandalous offences (Epp., I, xviii, xlii; III, xlix; IV, xxvi; V, v, xvii, xviii; VII, xxxix; VIII, xxiv; IX, xxv; XII, iii, x, xi; XIV, ii). He was also inflexible with regard to the proper application of church revenues, insisting that others should be as strict as he was in disposing of these funds for their proper ends (Epp., I, x, lxiv; II, xx-xxii; III, xxii; IV, xi; V, xii, xlviii; VIII, vii; XI, xxii, lvi a; XIII, xlvi; XIV, ii).

(3) Relations with Other Churches

With regard to the other Western Churches limits of space prevent any detailed account of Gregory's dealings, but the following quotation, all the more valuable as coming from a Protestant authority, indicates very clearly the line he followed herein:

"In his dealings with the Churches of the West, Gregory acted invariably on the assumption that all were subject to the jurisdiction of the Roman See. Of the rights claimed or exercised by his predecessors he would not abate one tittle; on the contrary, he did everything in his power to maintain, strengthen, and extend what he regarded as the just prerogatives of the papacy. It is true that he respected the privileges of the Western metropolitans, and disapproved of unnecessary interference within the sphere of their jurisdiction canonically exercised. . . . But of his general principle there can be no doubt whatever" (Dudden, I, 475).

In view of later developments Gregory's dealings with the Oriental Churches, and with Constantinople in particular, have a special importance. There cannot be the smallest doubt that Gregory claimed for the Apostolic See, and for himself as pope, a primacy not of honor, but of supreme authority over the Church Universal. In Epp., XIII, l, he speaks of "the Apostolic See, which is the head of all Churches ", and in Epp., V, cliv, he says: "I, albeit unworthy, have been set up in command of the Church." As successor of St. Peter, the pope had received from God a primacy over all Churches (Epp., II, xlvi; III, xxx; V, xxxvii; VII, xxxvii). His approval it was which gave force to the decrees of councils or synods (Epp., IX, clvi), and his authority could annul them (Epp., V, xxxix, xli, xliv). To him appeals might be made even against other patriarchs, and by him bishops were judged and corrected if need were (Epp., II, l; III, lii, lxiii; IX, xxvi, xxvii).

This position naturally made it impossible for him to permit the use of the title Ecumenical Bishop assumed by the Patriarch of Constantinople, John the Faster, at a synod held in 588. Gregory protested, and a long controversy followed, the question still at issue when the pope died. A discussion of this controversy is needless here, but it is important as showing how completely Gregory regarded the Eastern patriarchs as being subject to himself; "As regards the Church of Constantinople," he writes in Epp., IX, xxvi, "who can doubt that it is subject to the Apostolic See ? Why, both our most religious lord the emperor, and our brother the Bishop of Constantinople continually acknowledge it."

At the same time the pope was most careful not to interfere with the canonical rights of the other patriarchs and bishops. With the other Oriental patriarchs his relations were most cordial, as appears from his letters to the patriarchs of Antioch and Alexandria.

(4) Relations with the Lombards and the Franks

Gregory's consecration as pope preceded by a few days only the death of Authari, King of the Lombards, whose queen, the famous Theodelinde, then married Agilulf, Duke of Turin, a warlike and energetic prince. With Agilulf and the Dukes Ariulf of Spoleto and Arichis of Benevento, Gregory soon had to deal, as, when difficulties arose, Romanus, the exarch, or representative, of the emperor, preferred to remain in sulky inactivity at Ravenna.

It soon became clear that, if any successful resistance was to be made against the Lombards, it must be by the pope's own exertions. How keenly he felt the difficulty and danger of his position appears in some of the earliest letters (Epp., I, iii, viii, xxx); but no actual hostilities began till the summer of 592, when the pope received a threatening letter from Ariulf of Spoleto, which was followed almost immediately by the appearance of that chief before the walls of Rome. At the same time Arichis of Benevento advanced on Naples, which happened at the moment to have no bishop nor any officer of high rank in command of the garrison. Gregory at once took the surprising step of appointing a tribune on his own authority to take command of the city (Epp., II, xxxiv), and, when no notice of this strong action was taken by the imperial authorities, the pope conceived the idea of himself arranging a separate peace with the Lombards (Epp., II, xlv). No details of this peace have come down to us, but it seems certain that it was actually concluded (Epp., V, xxxvi). Dr. Hodgkin (Italy and her Invaders, v, 366) pronounces Gregory's action herein to have been wise and statesmanlike, but, at the same time, undoubtedly ultra vires , being quite beyond any legal competency then possessed by the pope, who thus "made a memorable stride towards complete independence".

Gregory's independent action had the effect of rousing up Romanus the exarch. Wholly ignoring the papal peace, he gathered all his troops, attacked and regained Perugia, and then marched to Rome, where he was received with imperial honours. The next spring, however, he quitted the city and took away its garrison with him, so that both pope and citizens were now more exasperated against him than before. Moreover, the exarch's campaign had roused the Northern Lombards, and King Agilulf marched on Rome, arriving there probably some time in June, 593. The terror aroused by his advance is still mirrored for us in Gregory's homilies on the Prophet Ezechiel, which were delivered at this time. The siege of the city was soon abandoned, however, and Agilulf retired. The continuator of Prosper (Mon. Germ. SS. Antiq., IX, 339) relates that Agilulf met the pope in person on the steps of the Basilica of St. Peter, which was then outside the city walls, and "being melted by Gregory's prayers and greatly moved by the wisdom and religious gravity of this great man, he broke up the siege of the city"; but, in view of the silence both of Gregory himself and of Paul the Deacon on the point, the story seems scarcely probable. In Epp., V, xxxix, Gregory refers to himself as "the paymaster of the Lombards", and most likely a large payment from the papal treasury was the chief inducement to raise the siege.

The pope's great desire now was to secure a lasting peace with the Lombards, which could only be achieved by a proper arrangement between the imperial authorities and the Lombard chiefs. On Queen Theodelinde, a Catholic and a personal friend, Gregory placed all his hopes. The exarch, however, looked at the whole affair in another light, and, when a whole year was passed in fruitless negotiations, Gregory began once again to mediate a private treaty. Accordingly, in May, 595, the pope wrote to a friend at Ravenna a letter (Epp., V, xxxiv) threatening to make peace with Agilulf even without the consent of the Exarch Romanus. This threat was speedily reported to Constantinople, where the exarch was in high favour, and the Emperor Maurice at once sent off to Gregory a violent letter, now lost, accusing him of being both a traitor and a fool. This letter Gregory received in June, 595. Luckily, the pope's answer has been preserved to us (Epp., V, xxxvi). It must be read in its entirety to be appreciated fully; probably very few emperors, if any, have ever received such a letter from a subject. Still, in spite of his scathing reply, Gregory seems to have realized that independent action could not secure what he wished, and we hear no more about a separate peace.

Gregory's relations with the Exarch Romanus became continually more and more strained until the latter's death in the year 596 or early in 597. The new exarch, Callinicus, was a man of far greater ability and well disposed towards the pope, whose hopes now revived. The official peace negotiations were pushed on, and, in spite of delays, the articles were at length signed in 599, to Gregory's great joy. This peace lasted two years, but in 601 the war broke out again through an aggressive act on the part of Callinicus, who was recalled two years later, when his successor, Smaragdus, again made a peace with the Lombards which endured until after Gregory's death.

Two points stand out for special notice in Gregory's dealings with the Lombards: first, his determination that, in spite of the apathy of the imperial authorities, Rome should not pass into the hands of some half-civilized Lombard duke and so sink into insignificance and decay; second, his independent action in appointing governors to cities, providing munitions of war, giving instructions to generals, sending ambassadors to the Lombard king, and even negotiating a peace without the exarch's aid. Whatever the theory may have been, there is no doubt about the fact that, besides his spiritual jurisdiction , Gregory actually exercised no small amount of temporal power.

Of Gregory's relations with the Franks there is no need to write at length, as the intercourse he established with the Frankish kings practically lapsed at his death, and was not renewed for about a hundred years. On the other hand he exercised a great influence on Frankish monasticism, which he did much to strengthen and reshape, so that the work done by the monasteries in civilizing the wild Franks may be attributed ultimately to the first monk - pope.

(5) Relations with the Imperial Government

The reign of Gregory the Great marks an epoch in papal history, and this is specially the case in respect to his attitude towards the imperial Government centered at Constantinople. Gregory seems to have looked upon Church and State as co-operating to form a united whole, which acted in two distinct spheres, ecclesiastical and secular. Over this commonwealth were the pope and the emperor, each supreme in his own department, care being taken to keep these as far as possible distinct and independent.

The latter point was the difficulty. Gregory definitely held that it was a duty of the secular ruler to protect the Church and preserve the "peace of the faith " (Mor., XXXI, viii), and so he is often found to call in the aid of the secular arm, not merely to suppress schism, heresy, or idolatry, but even to enforce discipline among monks and clergy (Epp., I, lxxii; II, xxix; III, lix; IV, vii, xxxii; V, xxxii; VIII, iv; XI, xii, xxxvii; XIII, xxxvi). If the emperor interfered in church matters the pope's policy was to acquiesce if possible, unless obedience was sinful, according to the principle laid down in Epp. XI, xxix; "Quod ipse [se imperator] fecerit, si canonicum est, sequimur; si vero canonicum non est, in quantum sine peccato nostro, portamus." In taking this line Gregory was undoubtedly influenced by his deep reverence for the emperor, whom he regarded as the representative of God in all things secular, and must still be treated with all possible respect, even when he encroached on the borders of the papal authority.

On his side, although he certainly regarded himself as "superior in place and rank" to the exarch (Epp., II, xiv), Gregory objected strongly to the interference of ecclesiastical authorities in matters secular. As supreme guardian of Christian justice, the pope was always ready to intercede for, or protect anyone who suffered unjust treatment (Epp., I, xxxv, xxxvi, xlvii, lix; III, v; V, xxxviii; IX, iv, xlvi, lv, cxiii, clxxxii; XI, iv), but at the same time he used the utmost tact in approaching the imperial officials. In Epp., I, xxxix a, he explains for the benefit of his Sicilian agent the precise attitude to be adopted in such matters.

Still, in conjunction with all this deference, Gregory retained a spirit of independence which enabled him, when he considered it necessary, to address even the emperor in terms of startling directness. Space makes it impossible to do more than refer to the famous letters to the Emperor Phocas on his usurpation and the allusions in them to the murdered Emperor Maurice (Epp., XIII, xxxiv, xli, xlii). Every kind of judgement has been passed upon Gregory for writing these letters, but the question remains a difficult one. Probably the pope's conduct herein was due to two things: first, his ignorance of the way in which Phocus had reached the throne; and second, his view that the emperor was God's representative on earth, and therefore deserving of all possible respect in his official capacity, his personal character not coming into the question at all. It should be noted, also, that he avoids any direct flattery towards the new emperor, merely using the exaggerated phrases of respect then customary, and expressing the high hopes he entertains of the new regime. Moreover, his allusions to Maurice refer to the sufferings of the people under his government, and do not reflect on the dead emperor himself.

Had the empire been sound instead of in a hopelessly rotten state when Gregory became pope, it is hard to say how his views might have worked out in practice. As it was, his line of strong independence, his efficiency, and his courage carried all before them, and when he died there was no longer any question as to who was the first power in Italy.

(6) Missionary Work

Gregory's zeal for the conversion of the heathen, and in particular of the Angles, has been mentioned already, and there is no need to dwell at length on the latter subject, as it has been fully treated under SAINT AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY . In justice to the great pope, however, it must be added that he lost no opportunity for the exercise of his missionary zeal, making every effort to root out paganism in Gaul, Donatism in Africa, and the Schism of the Three Chapters in North Italy and Istria.

In his treatment of heretics, schismatics, and pagans his method was to try every means — persuasions, exhortations, threats — before resorting to force; but, if gentler treatment failed, he had no hesitation in accordance with the ideas of his age, in resorting to compulsion, and invoking the aid of the secular arm therein. It is curious, therefore, to find him acting as a champion and protector of the Jews. In Epp., I, xiv, he expressly deprecates the compulsory baptism of Jews, and many instances appear in which he insists on their right to liberty of action, so far as the law permitted, both in civil affairs and in the worship of the synagogue (Epp., I, xxxiv; II, vi; VIII, xxv; IX, xxxviii, cxcv; XIII, xv). He was equally strong, however, in preventing the Jews from exceeding the rights granted to them by the imperial law, especially with regard to the ownership by them of Christian slaves (Epp., II, vi; III, xxxvii; IV, ix, xxi; VI, xxix; VII, xxi; VIII, xxi; IX, civ, ccxiii, ccxv). We shall probably be right, therefore, in attributing Gregory's protection of the Jews to his respect for law and justice, rather than to any ideas of toleration differing from those current at the time.

(7) Gregory and Monasticism

Although the first monk to become pope, Gregory was in no sense an original contributor to monastic ideals or practice. He took monasticism as he found it established by St. Benedict, and his efforts and influence were given to strengthening and enforcing the prescriptions of that greatest of monastic legislators. His position did indeed tend to modify St. Benedict's work by drawing it into a closer connection with the organization with the organization of the Church, and with the papacy in particular, but this was not deliberately aimed at by Gregory. Rather he was himself convinced that the monastic system had a very special value for the Church, and so he did everything in his power to diffuse and propagate it. His own property was consecrated to this end, he urged many wealthy people to establish or support monasteries, and he used the revenues of the patrimony for the same purpose.

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Passion of Jesus Christ in the Four Gospels

The Passion of Christ (Gospel Accounts)

See also DEVOTION TO THE PASSION OF CHRIST . We have in the Gospels four separate accounts ...
Passion Offices

Passion Offices

The recitation of these offices, called also Of the Instruments of the Passion, was first granted ...
Passion Plays

Passion Plays

The modern drama does not originate in the ancient, but in the religious plays of the Middle ...
Passion Sunday

Passion Sunday

The fifth Sunday of Lent, a Sunday of the first class, not permitting the celebration of any ...
Passionei, Domenico

Domenico Passionei

A cardinal, theologian, born at Fossombrone, 2 Dec., 1682; died 5 July, 1761. Educated in the ...
Passionists

Passionists

The full title of the Passionist institute is: The Congregation of Discalced Clerks of the Most ...
Passions

Passions

By passions we are to understand here motions of the sensitive appetite in man which tend ...
Passiontide

Passiontide

The two weeks between Passion Sunday and Easter. The last week is Holy Week, while the first ...
Passos

Passos

(Or, more fully, Santos Passos ) The Portuguese name locally used to designate certain ...
Passover

Passover

Jews of all classes and ways of thinking look forward to the Passover holidays with the same ...
Pasteur, Louis

Louis Pasteur

Chemist, founder of physio-chemistry, father of bacteriology, inventor of bio-therapeutics; born ...
Pasto, Diocese of

Pasto

(PASTENSIS, PASTOPOLITANA). A Colombian see, suffragan of Popayan, from which it was separated ...
Pastor

Pastor

This term denotes a priest who has the cure of souls ( cura animarum ), that is, who is ...
Pastoral Epistles (Timothy and Titus)

Epistles to Timothy and Titus

(T HE P ASTORALS STS. TIMOTHY AND TITUS Saints Timothy and Titus were two of the most beloved ...
Pastoral Staff

Crosier

(Or PASTORAL STAFF). The crosier is an ecclesiastical ornament which is conferred on bishops ...
Pastoral Theology

Pastoral Theology

Pastoral theology is the science of the care of souls. This article will give the definition of ...
Pastoureaux, Crusade of the

Crusade of the Pastoureaux

One of the most curious of the popular movements inspired by a desire to deliver the Holy Land. ...
Patagonia

Patagonia

Patagonia is the name given to the southernmost extremity of South America. Its boundary on the ...
Patara

Patara

Titular see of Lycia, suffragan of Myra, formerly a large cornmercial town, opposite Rhodes. ...
Paten

Paten

The eucharistic vessel known as the paten is a small shallow plate or disc of precious metal upon ...
Patenson, Venerable William

Ven. William Paterson

Venerable William Patenson, English martyr , born in Yorkshire or Durham ; died at Tyburn, 22 ...
Pater Noster

Lord's Prayer

Although the Latin term oratio dominica is of early date, the phrase "Lord's Prayer" does not ...
Pathology, Mental

Mental Pathology

This subject will be considered under the following headings: I. Localization of Mental ...
Patmore, Coventry

Coventry Patmore

One of the major poets of the nineteenth century, in spite of the small bulk of his verse, born at ...
Patmos

Patmos

A small volcanic island in the Ægean Sea, off the coast of Asia Minor, to the south of Samos ...
Patras

Patras

A metropolitan see in Achaia. It was one of the twelve ancient cities of Achaia, built near ...
Patriarch

Patriarch

The word patriarch as applied to Biblical personages comes from the Septuagint version, where ...
Patriarch and Patriarchate

Patriarch and Patriarchate

Names of the highest ecclesiastical dignitaries after the pope, and of the territory they rule. ...
Patrician Brothers

Patrician Brothers

(Or BROTHERS OF SAINT PATRICK). This Brotherhood was founded by the Right Rev. Dr. Daniel ...
Patrick's Purgatory, Saint

St. Patrick's Purgatory

Lough Derg, Ireland. This celebrated sanctuary in Donegal, in the Diocese of Clogher, dates ...
Patrick, Saint

St. Patrick

Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at ...
Patrizi, Francis Xavier

Francis Xavier Patrizi

Jesuit exegete, b. at Rome, 19 June, 1797; d. there 23 April, 1881. He was the eldest son and ...
Patrology

Patrology

Patrology, the study of the writings of the Fathers of the Church, has more commonly been known ...
Patron and Patronage

Patron and Patronage

I By the right of patronage ( ius patronatus ) is understood a determinate sum of rights ...
Patron Saints

Patron Saints

A patron is one who has been assigned by a venerable tradition, or chosen by election, as a ...
Patronage of Our Lady, Feast of the

Feast of the Patronage of Our Lady

It was first permitted by Decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites, 6 May, 1679, for all the ...
Patti, Diocese of

Patti

(PACTENSIS) Patti, in the Province of Messina (Sicily), on the western shore of the gulf of ...
Paul and John, Saints

Sts. John and Paul

Martyred at Rome on 26 June. The year of their martyrdom is uncertain according to their ...
Paul I, Pope

Pope Paul I

(757-67) Date of birth unknown; died at Rome, 28 June, 767. He was a brother of Stephen II. ...
Paul II, Pope

Pope Paul II

(PIETRO BARBO) Born at Venice, 1417; elected 30 August, 1464; died 26 July, 1471; son of ...
Paul III, Pope

Pope Paul III

(A LESSANDRO F ARNESE ). Born at Rome or Canino, 29 Feb., 1468; elected, 12 Oct., 1534; ...
Paul IV, Pope

Pope Paul IV

(G IOVANNI P IETRO C ARAFFA ). Born near Benevento, 28 June, 1476; elected 23 May, ...
Paul of Burgos

Paul of Burgos

(PAUL DE SANTA MARIA; Jewish name, SOLOMON HA-LEVI) A Spanish archbishop, lord chancellor and ...
Paul of Middelburg

Paul of Middelburg

A scientist and bishop, born in 1446 at Middelburg, the ancient capital of the province of ...
Paul of Samosata

Paul of Samosata

Bishop of Antioch. Several synods, probably three, were held against him about 264-66. St. ...
Paul of the Cross, Saint

St. Paul of the Cross

Paul Francis Daneii, born at Ovada, Genoa, Italy, 3 January, 1694; died in Rome, 18 October, 1775. ...
Paul the Deacon

Paul the Deacon (Paulus Diaconus)

(Paulus Diaconus; also called Casinensis, Levita, and Warnefridi). Historian, born at ...
Paul the Hermit, Saint

Saint Paul the Hermit

There are three important versions of the Life of St. Paul: (1) the Latin version ( H ) of St. ...
Paul the Simple, Saint

St. Paul the Simple

The story of Paul, as Palladius heard it from men who had known St. Anthony, was as follows: ...
Paul V, Pope

Pope Paul V

(CAMILLO BORGHESE). Born at Rome, 17 Sept., 1550; elected 16 May, 1605; died 28 Jan., 1621. ...
Paul, Saint

St. Paul

I. PRELIMINARY QUESTIONS A. Apocryphal Acts of St. Paul Professor Schmidt has published a ...
Paul-without-the-Walls, Saint

St. Paul-Without-The-Walls

( San Paolo fuori le mura ). An abbey nullius. As early as 200 the burial place of the ...
Paula, Saint

St. Paula

Born in Rome, 347; died at Bethlehem, 404. She belonged to one of the first families of Rome. ...
Pauli, Johannes

Johannes Pauli

Born about 1455; died after 1530 in the monastery at Thann in Alsace. What little is known of ...
Paulicians

Paulicians

A dualistic heretical sect, derived originally from Manichaeism. The origin of the name ...
Paulinus a S. Bartholomaeo

Paulinus a S. Bartholomaeo

(PHILIP WESDIN). Missionary and Orientalist, b. at Hoff in Lower Austria, 25 Apr., 1748; d. ...
Paulinus II, Saint

St. Paulinus II

Born at Premariacco, near Cividale, Italy, about 730-40; died 802. Born probably of a Roman ...
Paulinus of Pella

Paulinus of Pella

Christian poet of the fifth century; b. at Pella in Macedonia, but of a Bordelaise family. He ...
Paulinus, Saint

St. Paulinus, Archbishop of York

Archbishop of York, died at Rochester, 10 October, 644. He was a Roman monk in St. Andrew's ...
Paulinus, Saint

St. Paulinus of Nola

(Pontius Meropius Anicius Paulinus). Born at Bordeaux about 354; died 22 June, 431. He ...
Paulist Fathers

Paulist Fathers

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

Paulists

From the time that the abode and virtues of St. Paul the first hermit were revealed to St. ...
Paulus Diaconus

Paul the Deacon (Paulus Diaconus)

(Paulus Diaconus; also called Casinensis, Levita, and Warnefridi). Historian, born at ...
Paulus Venetus

Paulus Venatus

Theologian of the Hermits of the Order of Saint Augustine, born according to the chroniclers of ...
Pavia

Pavia

(PAPIA) Located in Lombardy, Northern Italy. It is situated in a fertile plain; the city is ...
Pavia, University of

University of Pavia

Pavia was, even in Roman times, a literary centre (Ennodius); as the capital of the Lombard ...
Pavillon, Nicolas

Nicolas Pavillon

Bishop of Alet, b. at Paris 1597; d. at Alet, 1677. He joined the community of St-Lazare, ...
Pax

Pax

(Osculatorium, Tabula Pacis, Lapis Pacis). A tablet to be kissed. The primitive usage in the ...
Pax in the Liturgy

Pax in the Liturgy

Pax vobis (or vobiscum ), like the other liturgical salutations (e.g. Dominus vobiscum ), ...
Payeras, Mariano

Mariano Payeras

Born 10 Oct., 1769, at Inca, Island of Majorca; died 28 April, 1823. He received the habit of St. ...
Payne, Blessed John

Bl. John Payne

Born in the Diocese of Peterborough ; died at Chelmsford, 2 April, 1582. He went to Douai in ...
Peña, Francisco

Francisco Pena

(PEGNA) A canonist, born at Villaroya de los Pinares, near Saragossa, about 1540; died at ...
Peñalver y Cardenas, Luis Ignatius

Luis Ignatius Penalver y Cardenas

Bishop of New Orleans, Archbishop of Guatemala, son of a wealthy and noble family ; born ...
Peace Congresses

Peace Congresses

I. EARLY HISTORY The genesis of the idea of a meeting of representatives of different nations ...
Peace of the Church

Peace of the Church

This is the designation usually applied to the condition of the Church after the publication at ...
Peasants, War of the (1524-25)

War of the Peasants

A revolt of the peasants of southern and central Germany, the causes of which are disputed as a ...
Peba Indians

Peba Indians

(Or Peva ) The principal of a small group of cognate tribes, comprising the Peba proper, ...
Pecham, John

John Pecham

(PECCHAM) Archbishop of Canterbury, born about 1240; died 6 December, 1292. His birthplace ...
Pecock, Reginald

Reginald Pecock

(PEACOCK) Bishop of Chichester, born in North Wales about 1395; died at Thorney Abbey about ...
Pectoral

Pectoral

("Pectoral of judgment"). The original meaning of the Hebrew term has been lost, and little ...
Pectorale

Pectorale

( Crux Pectoralis ). The name of the cross used by the pope, cardinals, bishops, abbots, ...
Pectorius of Autun

Pectorius of Autun

The name with which the important document frequently known as the Inscription of Autun ...
Pednelissus

Pednelissus

(Petnelissus). A titular see in Pamphylia Secunda, suffragan of Perge. In ancient times ...
Pedro de Cordova

Pedro de Cordova

Born at Cordova, Andalusia, Spain, about 1460; died on the Island of Santo Domingo, 1525. He ...
Pelagia

Pelagia

The name of several saints. The old Syrian martyrology gives the feast of a St. Pelagia of ...
Pelagius and Pelagianism

Pelagius and Pelagianism

Pelagianism received its name from Pelagius and designates a heresy of the fifth century, which ...
Pelagius I, Pope

Pope Pelagius I

Date of birth unknown; died 3 March, 561, was a Roman of noble family ; his father, John, seems ...
Pelagius II, Pope

Pelagius II

The date of whose birth is unknown, seemingly a native of Rome, but of Gothic descent, as his ...
Pelargus, Ambrose

Ambrose Pelargus

Theologian, born at Nidda, Hesse, about 1488; died at Trier, 1557. Stork (Greek Pelargon , ...
Pelisson-Fontanier, Paul

Paul Pelisson-Fontanier

French writer, born at Béziers in 1624 of Protestant parents ; died at Versailles, 7 ...
Pella

Pella

A titular see and suffragan of Scythopolis in Palaestina Secunda. According to Stephanus ...
Pelletier, Pierre-Joseph

Pierre-Joseph Pelletier

Born in Paris, 22 March, 1788; died there, 19 July, 1842. His father, Bertrand Pelletier, a ...
Pellico, Silvio

Silvio Pellico

Italian author and patriot, born at Saluzzio, Italy, 24 June, 1788; died at Turin 31 Jan., ...
Pellissier, Guillaume

Guillaume Pellissier

(PELLICIER) Born at Melgueil in Languedoc, about 1490; died at the castle of Montferraud, ...
Pelotas

Pelotas

(PELOTASENSIS) Located in Brazil, suffragan to Porto Alegre. By a decree of Pius X, dated ...
Pelouze, Théophile-Jules

Theophile-Jules Pelouze

Scientist, b. at Valognes, La Manche, 26 Feb., 1807; d. in Paris, 31 May or 1 June, 1867. He began ...
Peltrie, Madeleine de la

Madeleine de la Peltrie

née CHAUVIGNY A French noblewoman, and foundress, born at Caen, 1603; died at Quebec, ...
Pelusium

Pelusium

A titular metropolitan see of Augustamnica Prima in Egypt, mentioned in Ezech., xxx, 15 sq., ...
Pembroke

Pembroke

(PEMBROKIENSIS) A suffragan of Ottawa, in Canada. The town of Pembroke has a beautiful ...
Penal Laws

Penal Laws

This article treats of the penal legislation affecting Catholics in English-speaking countries ...
Penance (as a Virtue)

Penance (as a Virtue)

Penance ( poenitentia ) designates (1) a virtue ; (2) a sacrament of the New Law; (3) a ...
Penance, Sacrament of

The Sacrament of Penance

Penance is a sacrament of the New Law instituted by Christ in which forgiveness of sins ...
Pendleton, Henry

Henry Pendleton

Controversialist, born at Manchester ; died in London, September, 1557; educated at Brasenose ...
Penelakut Indians

Penelakut Indians

A small tribe of Salishan stock, speaking a dialect of the Cowichan language and occupying a ...
Penitentes, Los Hermanos

Los Hermanos Penitentes

(The Penitent Brothers), a society of flagellants existing among the Spanish of New Mexico and ...
Penitential Canons

Penitential Canons

Rules laid down by councils or bishops concerning the penances to be done for various sins. ...
Penitential Orders

Penitential Orders

A general name for religious congregations whose members are bound to perform extraordinary works ...
Penitents, Confraternities of

Confraternities of Penitents

Congregations, with statutes prescribing various penitential works, such as fasting, the use of ...
Penne and Atri, Diocese of

Penne and Atri

(Pennensis et Atriensis). Penne is a city in the Province of Teramo, in the Abruzzi, central ...
Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

One of the thirteen original United States of America , lies between 39° 43' and 42° 15' ...
Penobscot Indians

Penobscot Indians

The principal tribe of the famous Abnaki confederacy of Maine, and the only one still keeping its ...
Pension, Ecclesiastical

Ecclesiastical Pension

The right to a certain sum of money to be paid yearly out of the revenues of a church or ...
Pentacomia

Pentacomia

A titular see of Palestine, suffragan of Areopolis or Rabbah. It was never a residential see; ...
Pentapolis

Pentapolis

The word, occurring in Wisdom, x, 6, designates the region where stood the five cities ( pente, ...
Pentateuch

Pentateuch

Pentateuch , in Greek pentateuchos , is the name of the first five books of the Old ...
Pentecost

Pentecost

A feast of the universal Church which commemorates the Descent of the Holy Ghost upon the ...
Pentecost (Jewish Feast)

Pentecost (Jewish Feast)

The second in importance of the great Jewish feasts. The term, adopted from the ...
Peoria

Peoria

(PEORIENSIS). Diocese comprising that part of Central Illinois south of the Counties of ...
Peoria Indians

Peoria Indians

A principal tribe of the confederated Illinois Indians (q.v.) having their chief residence, in the ...
Pepin the Short

Pepin the Short

Mayor of the Palace of the whole Frankish kingdom (both Austrasia and Neustria), and later King ...
Peppergrass, Paul

John Boyce

Novelist, lecturer, and priest, well known under the assumed name of "Paul Peppergrass", born in ...
Perboyre, Blessed Jean-Gabriel

St. Jean-Gabriel Perboyre

Missionary and martyr, born at Puech, Diocese of Cahors, France, 6 January, 1802; martyred at ...
Percy, Blessed Thomas

Bl. Thomas Percy

Earl of Northumberland, martyr, born in 1528; died at York, 22 August, 1572. He was the eldest ...
Percy, John

John Percy

( alias JOHN FISHER) Born at Holmeside, Durham, 27 Sep., 1569; died at London, 3 Dec., ...
Peregrinus

Peregrinus

The canons of Priscillian, prefixed to the Epistles of St. Paul in many (chiefly Spanish) ...
Pereira, Benedict

Benedict Pereira

(PEREYRA, PERERA, PERERIUS) Philosopher, theologian, and exegete, born about 1535, at Ruzafa, ...
Perez, Juan

Juan Perez

Died before 1513. At one time he held the office of contador or accountant to the Queen of ...
Perfection, Christian and Religious

Christian and Religious Perfection

A thing is perfect in which nothing is wanting of its nature, purpose, or end. It may be perfect ...
Pergamus

Pergamus

A titular see, suffragan of Ephesus. This city was situated on the banks of the Selinus. It was ...
Perge

Perge

Titular metropolitan see in Pamphylia Secunda. Perge, one of the chief cities of Pamphylia, was ...
Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Born at Naples, 3 Jan., 1710; d. 16 March, 1736, at Pozzuoli, near Naples. This young man of ...
Pericui Indians

Pericui Indians

A rude and savage tribe, of unknown linguistic affinity, formerly occupying the extreme southern ...
Periodi

Periodi

(P ETRI ) The name under which the Pseudo-Clementine writings are quoted by Epiphanius, ...
Periodical Literature, Catholic

Catholic Periodical Literature

The invention of printing, besides exerting a great influence on literature in general and on ...
Perjury

Perjury

(Latin per , through and jurare , to swear) Perjury is the crime of taking a false oath. ...
Permaneder, Franz Michael

Franz Michael Permaneder

Canonist, b. at Traunstein, Bavaria, 12 Aug., 1794; d. at Ratisbon, 10 Oct., 1862. He studied ...
Pernter, Joseph Maria

Joseph Maria Pernter

Scientist, b. at Neumark, Tyrol, 15 March, 1848; d. at Arco, 20 Dec., 1908. He entered the ...
Perpetua and Felicitas, Saints

Sts. Felicitas and Perpetua

Martyrs, suffered at Carthage, 7 March 203, together with three companions, Revocatus, Saturus, ...
Perpetual Adoration

Perpetual Adoration

A term broadly used to designate the practically uninterrupted adoration of the Blessed ...
Perpetual Adoration, Religious of

Religious of Perpetual Adoration

(Belgium) A congregation with simple vows, founded at Brussels, 1857, by Anna de Meeus, ...
Perpetual Adoration, Religious of the

Religious of the Perpetual Adoration

A contemplative religious congregation, founded in 1526 by Sister Elizabeth Zwirer (d. 1546), at ...
Perpetual Adoration, Sisters of the

Sisters of the Perpetual Adoration

(Quimper, France ). An institute of nuns devoted to perpetual adoration of the Blessed ...
Perpetual Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament

Perpetual Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament

(Sacramentines.) Anton Le Quien, b. in Paris, 23 Feb., 1601, the founder of the first order ...
Perpetual Help, Our Lady of

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (Our Lady of Perpetual Help)

( Or OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP.) The picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is painted ...
Perpetual Help, Our Lady of, Sisters of

Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

A congregation founded in the parish of St. Damien, Bellechasse, P.Q., Canada, 28 August, 1892, ...
Perpetual Succour, Our Lady of

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (Our Lady of Perpetual Help)

( Or OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP.) The picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is painted ...
Perpetuus, Saint

St. Perpetuus

Eighth Bishop of Tours, d. 1 January, or 8 December, 490, or 8 April, 491. He was a member of ...
Perpignan, Diocese of

Perpignan

(Perpinianum.) Comprises the Department of Pyrénées Orientales; created by the ...
Perpignan, University of

University of Perpignan

Peter IV of Aragon (1327-87), having conquered (1344) the town of Perpignan and reunited to his ...
Perraud, Adolphe

Adolphe Perraud

Cardinal and academician; b. at Lyons, France, 7 Feb., 1828; d. 18 Feb., 1906. He had a ...
Perrault, Charles

Charles Perrault

Writer, b. in Paris, 12 Jan., 1628; d. 16 May, 1703. His first literary attempts were a parody of ...
Perrault, Claude

Claude Perrault

Born at Paris, 1613; died there, 1688. He built the main eastern façade of the Louvre, ...
Perreyve, Henri

Henri Perreyve

Born at Paris, 11 April, 1831; died there 18 June, 1865. His father was professor at the ...
Perrone, Giovanni

Giovanni Perrone

Jesuit theologian, b. at Chieri, Italy, 11 March, 1794; d. at Rome, 28 Aug., 1876. After studying ...
Perry, Stephen Joseph

Stephen Joseph Perry

Born in London, August, 1833; d. 27 Dec. 1889. He belonged to a well-known Catholic family. His ...
Persecution

Persecution

GENERAL Persecution may be defined in general as the unlawful coercion of another's liberty or ...
Persecutions, Coptic

Coptic Persecutions

(ACCORDING TO GREEK AND LATIN SOURCES) During the first two centuries the Church of Alexandria ...
Perseverance, Final

Final Perseverance

( Perseverantia finalis ). Final perseverance is the preservation of the state of grace till ...
Persia

Persia

The history, religion, and civilization of Persia are offshoots from those of Media. Both Medes ...
Persian Rite

East Syrian Rite

Also known as the Chaldean, Assyrian, or Persian Rite. History and Origin This rite is used by ...
Persico, Ignatius

Ignatius Persico

A cardinal, born 30 Jan., 1823, at Naples, Italy ; died 7 Dec., 1896. He entered the Capuchin ...
Person

Person

The Latin word persona was originally used to denote the mask worn by an actor. From this it ...
Person, Ecclesiastical

Ecclesiastical Person

In its etymological sense this expression signifies every person who forms a part of the external ...
Personality

Personality

It is proposed in this article to give an account: (1) of the physical constituents of ...
Persons, Robert

Robert Persons

(Also, but less correctly, P ARSONS ) Jesuit, b., at Nether Stowey, Somerset, 24 June, 1546; ...
Perth

Perth

(PERTHENSIS) Located in Western Australia, suffragan to Adelaide; bounded on the north by ...
Pertinax, Publius Helvius

Pertinax

Roman Emperor (31 Dec., 192), b. at Alba Pompeia, in Luguria, 1 August, 126; d. at Rome 28 ...
Peru

Peru

A republic on the west coast of South America, founded in 1821 after the war of independence, ...
Perugia

Perugia

(PERUSINA) Located in Umbria, Central Italy. The city is situated on a hill on the right of ...
Perugia, University of

University of Perugia

One of the "free" universities of Italy, was erected into a studium generale on 8 Sept., 1308, ...
Perugino

Perugino

(PIETRO VANNUCCI) An Italian painter, founder of the Umbrian school, born at Città ...
Peruzzi, Baldassare

Baldassare Peruzzi

An architect and painter, born at Siena, 7 March, 1481; died at Rome, 6 Jan., 1537. He derived ...
Pesaro

Pesaro

(PESAURENSIS) Located in central Italy. The city is situated at the mouth of the river ...
Pescennius Niger

Pescennius Niger

Emperor of Rome (193-194). He was a native of central Italy, and during the reigns of Marcus ...
Pesch, Tilman

Tilman Pesch

A Jesuit philosopher, b. at Cologne, 1 Feb., 1836; d. at Valkenberg, Holland, 18 Oct., 1899. He ...
Pescia

Pescia

(PISCIENSIS) Diocese in Tuscany, Italy, on the Rivers Pescia Maggiore and Pescia Minore, ...
Pessimism

Pessimism

I. A TEMPER OF MIND In popular language the term pessimist is applied to persons who ...
Pessinus

Pessinus

( Pessinous .) A titular see of Galatia Secunda. Pessinonte, on the southern slope of Mt. ...
Pestalozzi and Pestalozzianism

Pestalozzi and Pestalozzianism

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, one of the greatest pioneers of modern education, born at Zurich, ...
Peter Baptist, Saint, and Twenty-Five Companions

Sts. Peter Baptist and Twenty-Five Companions

Died at Nagasaki, 5 Feb., 1597. In 1593 while negotiations were pending between the Emperor of ...
Peter Canisius, Blessed

Blessed Peter Canisius

(Kannees, Kanys, probably also De Hondt). Born at Nimwegen in the Netherlands, 8 May, 1521; ...
Peter Cantor

Peter Cantor

Theologian, b. probably at Gisberoi near Beauvais, France ; d. at Long Pont Abbey, 22 Sept., ...
Peter Cellensis

Peter Cellensis

(PETER DE LA CELLE). Bishop of Chartres, b. of noble parentage in Champagne; d. at Chartres, ...
Peter Chrysologus, Saint

Saint Peter Chrysologus

Born at Imola, 406; died there, 450. His biography, first written by Agnellus (Liber pontificalis ...
Peter Claver, Saint

St. Peter Claver

The son of a Catalonian farmer, was born at Verdu, in 1581; he died 8 September, 1654. He ...
Peter Comestor

Peter Comestor

Theological writer, b. at Troyes, date unknown; d. at Paris about 1178. He was first attached ...
Peter Damian, Saint

St. Peter Damian

(Or Damiani). Doctor of the Church, Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia, b. at Ravenna "five years ...
Peter de Blois

Peter de Blois

A statesman and theologian, born at Blois about 1130; died about 1203. He appears to have ...
Peter de Honestis

Peter de Honestis

Born at Ravenna about 1049; died, 29 March, 1119. Among his ancestors was the great St. Romuald, ...
Peter de Regalado, Saint

Peter de Regalado

(REGALATUS) A Friar Minor and reformer, born at Valladolid, 1390; died at Aguilera, 30 ...
Peter de Vinea

Peter de Vinea

(DE VINEIS, DELLA VIGNA) Born at Capua about 1190; died 1249. Peter's legal learning and the ...
Peter Faber, Saint

Peter Faber

Born 13 April, 1506, at Villaret, Savoy ; died 1 Aug., 1546, in Rome. As a child he tended his ...
Peter Fourier, Saint

St. Peter Fourier

Known as LE BON PÈRE DE MATTAINCOURT, born at Mirecourt, Lorraine, 30 Nov., 1565 died at ...
Peter Fullo

Peter Fullo

Intruding Monophysite Patriarch of Antioch ; d. 488. He received the Greek surname Gnapheus ...
Peter Gonzalez, Saint

St. Peter Gonzalez

Popularly known as St. Elmo, b. in 1190 at Astorga, Spain ; d. 15 April, 1246, at Tuy. He was ...
Peter Igneus, Blessed

Blessed Peter Igneus

(Peter Aldobrandini.) An Italian monk of the Benedictine congregation of the ...
Peter Lombard

Peter Lombard

Theologian, b. at Novara (or perhaps Lumello), Italy, about 1100; d. about 1160-64. He studied ...
Peter Mongus

Peter Mongus

( moggos , "stammerer", or "hoarse".) Intruded Monophysite patriarch of Alexandria (d. ...
Peter Nolasco, Saint

St. Peter Nolasco

Born at Mas-des-Saintes-Puelles, near Castelnaudary, France, in 1189 (or 1182); died at ...
Peter of Alcántara, Saint

St. Peter of Alcantara

Born at Alcántara, Spain, 1499; died 18 Oct., 1562. His father, Peter Garavita, was the ...
Peter of Alexandria, Saint

Peter of Alexandria

Became Bishop of Alexandria in 300; martyred Nov., 311. According to Philip of Sidetes he ...
Peter of Aquila

Peter of Aquila

(SCOTELLUS). Friar Minor , theologian and bishop, b. at Aquila in the Abruzzi, Italy, towards ...
Peter of Arbues, Saint

St. Peter of Arbues

(Correctly, PETER ARBUES). Born in 1441 (or 1442); died 17 Sept., 1485. His father, a ...
Peter of Auvergne

Peter of Auvergne

A philosopher and theologian ; died after 1310. He was a canon of Paris ; some biographers ...
Peter of Bergamo

Peter of Bergamo

(ALMADURA) A theologian, date of birth unknown; died at Placentia, in 1482. He entered the ...
Peter of Montboissier, Blessed

Blessed Peter of Montboissier

(Better known as PETER THE VENERABLE). Born in Auvergne, about 1092; died at Cluny, 25 ...
Peter of Poitiers

Peter of Poitiers

A French scholastic theologian, born at Poitiers or in its neighbourhood about 1130; died in ...
Peter of Sebaste, Saint

Saint Peter of Sebaste

Bishop, b. about 340; d. 391. He belonged to the richly blest family of Basil and Emmelia of ...
Peter of Verona, Saint

St. Peter of Verona

Born at Verona, 1206; died near Milan, 6 April, 1252. His parents were adherents of the ...
Peter Snow, Venerable

Ven. Peter Snow

English martyr, suffered at York, 15 June, 1598. He was born at or near Ripon and arrived at the ...
Peter the Hermit

Peter the Hermit

Born at Amiens about 1050; d. at the monastery of Neufmoutier (Liège), in 1115. His ...
Peter Urseolus, Saint

Saint Peter Urseolus

(Orseolo) Born at Rivo alto, Province of Udina, 928; at Cuxa, 10 January, 987 (997 is less ...
Peter, Basilica of Saint

Basilica of Saint Peter

TOPOGRAPHY The present Church of St. Peter stands upon the site where at the beginning of the ...
Peter, Chair of

Chair of Peter

Under this head will be treated: I. The annual Feast of the Chair of Peter ( Cathedra Petri ) at ...
Peter, Saint

St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles

The life of St. Peter may be conveniently considered under the following heads: I. Until the ...
Peter, Saint, Epistles of

Epistles of Saint Peter

These two epistles will be treated under the following heads: I. Authenticity; II. Recipients, ...
Peter, Sarah

Sarah Peter

Philanthropist, b. at Chillicothe, Ohio, U.S.A. 10 May, 1800; d. at Cincinnati, 6 Feb., 1877. Her ...
Peter, Tomb of Saint

Tomb of St. Peter

The history of the relics of the Apostles Peter and Paul is one which is involved in ...
Peter-Louis-Marie Chanel, Saint

St. Peter-Louis-Marie Chanel

The print version of the C ATHOLIC E NCYCLOPEDIA contains two articles on this saint. We ...
Peterborough

Peterborough

(PETERBOROUGHENSIS) Located in the Province of Ontario , Canada, comprises the Counties of ...
Peterspence

Peterspence

Peterspence, otherwise known to the Anglo-Saxons as "Romescot", is the name traditionally given to ...
Peterssen, Gerlac

Gerlac Peterssen

(GERLACUS PETRI) Born at Deventer, 1377 or 1378; died 18 Nov., 1411. He entered the ...
Petinessus

Petinessus

(PITNISUS) A titular see in Galatia Secunda (Salutaris). This city is mentioned by Strabo, ...
Petit-Didier, Matthieu

Matthieu Petit-Didier

A Benedictine theologian and ecclesiastical historian, born at Saint-Nicolas-du-Port in ...
Petitions to the Holy See

Petitions To the Holy See

I. MODE OF PETITIONING Faculties, indults, dispensations, and other favours, the granting of ...
Petra

Petra

Titular metropolitan see of Palæstina Tertia. Under the name of Sela (the rock) this ...
Petrarch, Francesco

Francesco Petrarch

Italian poet and humanist, b. at Arezzo, 20 July, 1304; d. at Arquá, 19 July, 1374. His ...
Petre, Family of

Family of Petre

The Petres are one of those staunch and constant families, which have played a great part in the ...
Petrobrusians

Petrobrusians

Heretics of the twelfth century so named from their founder Peter of Bruys. Our information ...
Petronilla, Saint

Saint Petronilla

Virgin, probably martyred at Rome at the end of the first century. Almost all the sixth- and ...
Petronius, Saint

St. Petronius

Bishop of Bologna, date of birth unknown; died before 450. The only certain historical ...
Petropolis

Petropolis

(Petropolitanensis). Diocese in the Province of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, erected 11 Feb., ...
Petrus Alfonsus

Petrus Alphonsus

A converted Jew and controversialist, born at Huesca, in the former Kingdom of Aragon, 1062; ...
Petrus Bernardinus

Petrus Bernardinus

Florentine heretic ; born at Florence about 1475; died 1502. His parents were common folk, and ...
Petrus de Natalibus

Petrus de Natalibus

Bishop; author of a collection of lives of the saints; date of birth unknown; d. between 1400 and ...
Petrus Diaconus

Petrus Diaconus

The name of several men of note in ecclesiastical history and literature. (1) One of the ...
Petun Nation

Petun Nation

One of the three great divisions of the Huron Indians, the other two being the Hurons proper, and ...
Peuerbach, George von

George von Peuerbach

(Also Peurbach, Purbach, Purbachius) Austrian astronomer, b. at Peuerbach near Linz, 30 May, ...
Peutinger, Conrad

Conrad Peutinger

An antiquarian and humanist, born at Augsburg, 14 Oct., 1465; died 28 Dec., 1547. As a young ...
Peyto, William

William Peyto

(P ETO, P ETOW ). Cardinal ; d. 1558 or 1559. Though his parentage was long unknown, it is ...
Pez

Pez, Bernhard and Hieronymus

(1) BERNHARD An historian, born 22 February, 1683, at Ybbs near Melk ; died 27 March, 1735, at ...
Pfanner, Franz

Franz Pfanner

An abbot, born at Langen, Vorarlberg, Austria, 1825; died at Emmaus, South Africa, 24 May, ...
Pfefferkorn, Johannes

Johannes Pfefferkorn

A baptized Jew, b. probably at Nuremberg, 1469; d. at Cologne, between 1521 and 1524. In 1505, ...
Pfister, Adolf

Adolf Pfister

An educationist, born at Hechingen in Hohenzollern, 26 Sept., 1810; died at Ober-Dischingen in ...
Pflug, Julius Von

Julius von Pflug

The last Catholic Bishop of Naumburg-Zeitz, born at Eythra, near Leipzig, 1499; died at Zeits, ...
Pforta

Pforta

A former Cistercian monastery (1137-1540), near Naumburg on the Saale in the Prussian province ...
Phœnicia

Phoenecia

Phœnicia is a narrow strip of land, about one hundred and fifty miles long and thirty miles ...
Phacusa

Phacusa

A titular see and suffragan of Pelusium, in Augustamnica Prima. Ptolemy (IV, v, 24) makes it ...
Pharao

Pharao

(Prah, Par‘o, or, after a vowel, Phar‘o ; Greek Pharaó ; Latin Pharao). ...
Pharbætus

Pharbaetus

Titular see and suffragan of Leontopolis, in Augustamnica Secunda. This name is merely the ...
Pharisees

Pharisees

A politico-religious sect or faction among the adherents of later Judaism, that came into ...
Pharsalus

Pharsalus

Titular see and suffragan of Larissa in Thessaly. The city is mentioned for the first time after ...
Phaselis

Phaselis

Titular see in Lycia, suffragan of Myra. The city was a Doric colony on the Pamphylian Gulf. ...
Phasga

Phasga

(A.V. Pisgah ). Whether the word in Hebrew is a proper or a common noun is not clear; ...
Phenomenalism

Phenomenalism

Phenomenalism ( phainomenon ) literally means any system of thought that has to do with ...
Philadelphia (Lydia)

Titular See of Philadelphia

A titular see in Lydia, suffragan of Sardes. The city was founded by Philadelphus, King of ...
Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)

Philadelphia

(PHILADELPHIENSIS) A diocese established in 1808; made an archdiocese, 12 Feb., 1875, ...
Philanthropinism

Philanthropinism

The system of education educed from the ideas of Rousseau and of the German "Enlightenment", ...
Philastrius, Saint

St. Philastrius

Bishop of Brescia, died before 397. He was one of the bishops present at a synod held in ...
Philemon

Philemon

A citizen of Coloss Colossæ, to whom St. Paul addressed a private letter, unique in the ...
Philip II

Philip II (King of Spain)

King of Spain, only son of the Emperor Charles V, and Isabella of Portugal, b. at Valladolid, 21 ...
Philip II (Augustus)

Philip II

King of France, born 22 or 25 August, 1165; died at Mantes, 14 July, 1223, son of Louis VII ...
Philip IV

Philip IV (The Fair)

Surnamed Le Bel (the Fair) King of France, b. at Fontainebleau, 1268; d. there, 29 Nov., 1314; ...
Philip of Jesus, Saint

St. Philip of Jesus

Born in Mexico, date unknown; died at Nagasaki early in February, 1597. Though unusually ...
Philip of the Blessed Trinity

Philip of the Blessed Trinity

(ESPRIT JULIEN). Discalced Carmelite, theologian, born at Malaucene, near Avignon, 1603; died ...
Philip Romolo Neri, Saint

St. Philip Romolo Neri

THE APOSTLE OF ROME. Born at Florence, Italy, 22 July, 1515; died 27 May, 1595. Philip's ...
Philip the Apostle, Saint

St. Philip the Apostle

Like the brothers, Peter and Andrew, Philip was a native of Bethsaida on Lake Genesareth ( John ...
Philip the Arabian

Philip the Arabian

(Philippus) Emperor of Rome (244-249), the son of an Arab sheik, born in Bosra. He rose ...
Philippi

Philippi

(Greek Phílippoi , Latin Philippi ). Philippi was a Macedonian town, on the ...
Philippi

Philippi

A titular metropolitan see in Macedonia. As early as the sixth century B. C. we learn of a ...
Philippians, Epistle to the

Epistle to the Philippians

I. HISTORICAL CIRCUMSTANCES, OCCASION, AND CHARACTER ( See also PHILIPPI ). The Philippians, ...
Philippine Islands

Philippine Islands

Situation and Area The Philippine Islands lie between 116° 40' and 126° and 34' E. long., ...
Philippopolis

Philippopolis

A titular metropolitan see of Thracia Secunda. The city was founded by Philip of Macedon in 342 ...
Philippopolis

Philippopolis

Titular see in Arabia, suffragan of Bostra. Its bishop, Hormisdas, was present at the Council ...
Philips, Peter

Peter Philips

(Also known as PETRUS PHILIPPUS, PIETRO PHILLIPO.) Born in England about 1560; date and place ...
Philistines

Philistines

( Septuagint phylistieim in the Pentateuch and Josue, elsewhere allophyloi , ...
Phillip, Robert

Robert Phillip

Priest, d. at Paris, 4 Jan., 1647. He was descended from the Scottish family of Phillip of ...
Phillips, George

George Phillips

A canonist, born at Königsberg, 6 Sept., 1804; died at Vienna, 6 September, 1872, was the son ...
Philo Judæus

Philo of Alexandria

Born about 25 B.C. . His family, of a sacerdotal line, was one of the most powerful of the ...
Philomelium

Philomelium

A titular see in Pisidia, suffragan of Antioch. According to ancient writers Philomelium was ...
Philomena, Saint

Saint Philomena

On 25 May, 1802, during the quest for the graves of Roman martyrs in the Catacomb of Priscilla, ...
Philosophy

Philosophy

I. Definition of Philosophy . II. Division of Philosophy . III. The Principal Systematic ...
Philoxenus

Philoxenus

(AKHSENAYA) OF MABBOGH. Born at Tahal, in the Persian province of Beth-Garmai in the second ...
Phocæa

Titular See of Phocaea

A titular see in Asia, suffragan of Ephesus. The town of Phocæa was founded in the ...
Photinus

Photinus

A heretic of the fourth century, a Galatian and deacon to Marcellus, Metropolitan of Ancyra ...
Photius of Constantinople

Photius of Constantinople

Photius of Constantinople, chief author of the great schism between East and West, was b. at ...
Phylacteries

Phylacteries

( Phulachterion — safeguard, amulet, or charm). The word occurs only once in the New ...
Physics, History of

History of Physics

The subject will be treated under the following heads: I. A Glance at Ancient Physics; II. ...
Physiocrats

Physiocrats

( physis , nature, kratein , rule) A school of writers on political and economic ...
Physiologus

Physiologus

An early Christian work of a popular theological type, describing animals real or fabulous ...
Piacenza

Piacenza

DIOCESE OF PIACENZA (PLACENTINENSIS) Piacenza is a diocese in Emilia, central Italy. The city ...
Pianô Carpine, Giovanni da

Giovanni da Piano Carpine

Born at Pian di Carpine (now called della Magione), near Perugia, Umbria, 1182; died probably in ...
Pianciani, Giambattista

Giambattista Pianciani

Scientist, b. at Spoleto, 27 Oct., 1784; d. at Rome, 23 March, 1862. He entered the Society of ...
Piatto Cardinalizio

Piatto Cardinalizio

An allowance granted by the pope to cardinals residing in curia or otherwise employed by ...
Piatus of Mons

Piatus of Mons

(Secular name, JEAN-JOSEPH LOISEAUX), b. 5 Aug., 1815; d. in the Monastery of Ste. Claire, ...
Piauhy

Piauhy

(DE PIAUHY, PIAHUNENSIS) Suffragan of the Archdiocese of Belem do Para, in the State of ...
Piazza Armerina

Piazza Armerina

(PLATIENSIS) Located in the province of Caltanissetta, Sicily. The city of Piazza Armerina is ...
Piazzi, Giuseppe

Piazzi

Astronomer, b. at Ponte in Valtellina, 16 July, 1746; d. at Naples, 22 July, 1826. He took the ...
Pibush, John

John Pibush

English martyr, born at Thirsk, Yorkshire; died at St Thomas's Waterings, Camberwell, 18 February, ...
Picard, Jean

Jean Picard

Astronomer, b. at La Flêche, 21 July, 1620; d. at Paris, 12 Oct., 1682. He was a priest ...
Piccolomini, Alessandro

Alessandro Piccolomini

Littérateur, philosopher, astronomer, b. 13 June, 1508; d. 12 March, 1578. He passed his ...
Piccolomini-Ammannati, Jacopo

Jacopo Piccolomini-Ammannati

A cardinal, born in the Villa Basilica near Lucca, 1422; died at San Lorenzo near Bolsena, 10 ...
Pichler

Pichler

A renowned Austrian family of gem-cutters who lived and died in Italy. ANTONIO (JOHANN ...
Pichler, Vitus

Vitus Pichler

Distinguished canonist and controversial writer, b. at Grosberghofen, 24 May, 1670; d. at Munich, ...
Pickering, Ven. Thomas

Pickering

Lay brother and martyr, a member of an old Westmoreland family, b. c. 1621; executed at Tyburn, ...
Piconio, Bernadine a

Bernardine a Piconio

(HENRI BERNARDINE DE PICQUIGNY) Born at Picquigny, Picardy, 1633; died in Paris, 8 December, ...
Picquet, François

Francois Picquet

A celebrated Sulpician missionary in Canada, b. at Bourg, Bresse, France, 4 Dec., 1708; d. at ...
Picture Bibles

Picture Bibles

In the Middle Ages the Church made use of pictures as a means of instruction, to supplement ...
Pie Pelicane, Jesu, Domine

Pie Pelicane, Jesu, Domine

The sixth quatrain of Adoro Te Devote , sometimes used as a separate hymn at Benediction of ...
Pie, Louis-Edouard-Désiré

Louis-Edouard-Desire Pie

Cardinal, born at Pontgouin, Diocese of Chartres, 1815; died at Angoulême, 1880. He studied ...
Pieck, Saint Nicholas

St. Nicholas Pieck

(Also spelled PICK). Friar Minor and martyr, b. at Gorkum, Holland, 29 August, 1534; d. at ...
Piedmont

Piedmont

( Italian Piemonte ). A part compartimento of northern Italy, bounded on the north by ...
Piel, Peter

Piel

A pioneer in the movement for reform of church music, b. at Kessewick, near Bonn, 12 Aug., 1835; ...
Pierius

Pierius

A priest and probably head master of the catechetical school at Alexandria conjointly with ...
Pierre de Castelnau, Blessed

Blessed Pierre de Castelnau

Born in the Diocese of Montpellier , Languedoc, now Department of Hérault, France ; died ...
Pierre de Maricourt

Pierre de Maricourt

Surnamed PETER THE PILGRIM ( Petrus Peregrinus ) A physician of the Middle Ages. Under the ...
Pierron, Jean

Jean Pierron

A missionary, born at Dun-sur-Meuse, France, 28 Sept., 1631; date and place of death unknown. He ...
Pierson, Philippe

Philippe Pierson

Born at Ath, Hainaut (Belgium), 4 January, 1642; died at Lorette, Quebec, 1688. At the age of ...
Pietism

Pietism

Pietism is a movement within the ranks of Protestantism, originating in the reaction against the ...
Pighius, Albert

Albert Pighius

A theologian, mathematician, and astronomer, born at Kampen, Overyssel, Holland, about 1490; ...
Pignatelli, Venerable Giuseppe Maria

Ven. Giuseppe Maria Pignatelli

Born 27 December, 1737, in Saragossa, Spain ; died 11 November, 1811. His family was of ...
Pike, William

William Pike

Martyr, born in Dorsetshire; died at Dorchester, dec., 1591. He was a joiner, and lived at West ...
Pilar, Nuestra Señora del

Nuestra Senora Del Pilar

"Our Lady of the Pillar", a celebrated church and shrine, at Saragossa, Spain, containing a ...
Pilate, Pontius

Pontius Pilate

After the deposition of the eldest son of Herod, Archelaus (who had succeeded his father as ...
Pilchard, Venerable Thomas

Venerable Thomas Pilchard

( Or PILCHER). Martyr, born at Battle, Sussex, 1557; died at Dorchester, 21 March 1586-7. ...
Pileolus

Zucchetto

( zucca , head). The small, round skullcap of the ecclesiastic. The official name is ...
Pilgrimage of Grace

Pilgrimage of Grace

The name given to the religious rising in the north of England, 1536. The cause of this great ...
Pilgrimages

Pilgrimages

(Middle English, pilgrime, Old French, pelegrin, derived from Latin peregrinum, supposed ...
Piligrim

Piligrim

Bishop of Passau, date of birth unknown; died 20 May, 991. He was educated at the ...
Pillar of Cloud/Fire

Pillar of Cloud (Pillar of Fire)

(P ILLAR OF F IRE ). A cloud which accompanied the Israelites during their wandering. It ...
Pima Indians

Pima Indians

An important tribe of Southern Arizona, centering along the middle Gila and its affluent, the ...
Pinar del Rio

Pinar Del Rio

(Pinetensis ad Flumen) Located in Cuba, erected by the Brief "Actum præclare" of Leo ...
Pinara

Pinara

A titular see in Lycia, suffragan of Myra. Pinara was one of the chief cities of the Lycian ...
Pindemonte, Ippolito

Ippolito Pindemonte

An Italian poet of noble birth, born at Verona, 13 Nov., 1753; died there, 18 Nov., 1828. He ...
Pineda, John de

John de Pineda

Born in Seville, 1558; died there, 27 Jan., 1637. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1572, ...
Pinerolo

Pinerolo

(PINEROLIENSIS) Located in the province of Turin, in Piedmont, Northern Italy, suffragan of ...
Pingré, Alexandre Guy

Alexandre Guy Pingre

Born in Paris 11 September, 1711; died 1 May, 1796. He was educated in Senlis at the college ...
Pinna da Encarnaçao, Mattheus

Mattheus Pinna Da Encarnacao

A writer and theologian, born at Rio de Janeiro, 23 Aug., 1687; died there, 18 Dec., 1764. On 3 ...
Pinto, Fernão Mendes

Fernao Mendes Pinto

A Portuguese traveller, born at Montemor-o-Velho near Coimbra, c. 1509; died at Almada near ...
Pinturicchio

Pinturicchio

(BERNARDINO DI BETTO, surnamed PINTURICCHIO) Born at Verona, about 1454; died at Siena, 11 ...
Pinzón, Martín Alonso

Martin Alonso Pinzon

Spanish navigator and companion of Columbus on his first voyage to the New World, b. at Palos ...
Piombo, Sebastiano del

Sebastiano Del Piombo

More correctly known as S EBASTIANO L UCIANI . Venetian portrait painter, b. at Venice, ...
Pionius, Saint

St. Pionius

Martyred at Smyrna, 12 March, 250. Pionius, with Sabina and Asclepiades, was arrested on 23 ...
Pious Fund of the Californias, The

The Pious Fund of the Californias

(Fondo Piadoso de las Californias) The Pious Fund of the Californias had its origin, in 1697, ...
Pious Society of Missions, The

The Pious Society of Missions

Founded by Ven. Vincent Mary Pallotti in 1835. The members of the society are generally called ...
Piranesi, Giambattista

Giambattista Piranesi

An Italian etcher and engraver, b. at Venice, 1720; d. in Rome, 9 Nov., 1778. His uncle ...
Pirhing, Ernricus

Ernricus Pirhing

Born at Sigarthin, near Passau, 1606; died between 1678 and 1681. At the age of twenty-two he ...
Pirkheimer

Pirkheimer

Charitas Pirkheimer Abbess of the Convent of St. Clara, of the Poor Clares, in Nuremberg, and ...
Piro Indians

Piro Indians

A tribe of considerable importance, ranging by water for a distance of three hundred miles along ...
Pisa

Pisa

ARCHDIOCESE OF PISA (PISÆ) Archdiocese in Tuscany, central Italy. The city is situated ...
Pisa, Council of

Council of Pisa

Preliminaries. The great Schism of the West had lasted thirty years (since 1378), and none of ...
Pisa, University of

University of Pisa

In the eleventh century there were many jurisconsults at Pisa who lectured on law ; prominent ...
Pisano, Andrea

Andrea Pisano

Or ANDREA DA PISA (the name by which Andrea da Pontadera is known). An Italian sculptor and ...
Pisano, Niccola

Niccola Pisano

Architect and sculptor, b. at Pisa about 1205-07; d. there, 1278. He was the father of modern ...
Piscataway Indians

Piscataway Indians

A tribe of Algonquian linguistic stock formerly occupying the peninsula of lower Maryland ...
Piscina

Piscina

(Latin from piscis, a fish, fish-pond, pool or basin, called also sacrarium, thalassicon, or ...
Pise, Charles Constantine

Charles Constantine Pise

Priest, poet, and prose writer, b. at Annapolis, Maryland, 22 Nov., 1801; d. at Brooklyn, New ...
Pisidia

Pisidia

A country in the southwestern part of Asia Minor, between the high Phrygian tableland and the ...
Pistoia and Prato

Pistoia and Prato

(PISTORIENSIS ET PRATENSIS) Located in the Province of Florence. The city of Pistoia is ...
Pistoia, Synod of

Synod of Pistoia

Held 18 to 28 September, 1786, by Scipio de’ Ricci, Bishop of Pistoia and Prato. It marks ...
Pistorius, Johann

Johann Pistorius

A controversialist and historian, born at Nidda in Hesse, 14 February, 1546; died at Freiburg, 18 ...
Pithou, Pierre

Pierre Pithou

A writer, born at Troyes, 1 Nov. 1539; died at Nogent-sur-Seine, 1 Nov., 1596. His father, a ...
Pitoni, Joseph

Joseph Pitoni

A musician, born at Rieti, Perugia, Italy, 18 March, 1657; died at Rome, 1 Feb., 1743, and ...
Pitra, Jean-Baptiste-François

Jean-Baptiste-Francois Pitra

Cardinal, famous archeologist and theologian, b. 1 August, 1812, at Champforgeuil in the ...
Pitts, John

John Pitts

Born at Alton, Hampshire, 1560; died at Liverdun, Lorraine, 17 Oct., 1616. He was educated at ...
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

DIOCESE OF PITTSBURG/PITTSBURGH (PITTSBURGENSIS). Suffragan of Philadelphia, in the United ...
Pityus

Pityus

A titular see in Pontus Polemoniacus, suffragan of Neocæsarea. Pityus was a large and ...
Pius I, Pope Saint

Pope St. Pius I

Date of birth unknown; pope from about 140 to about 154. According to the earliest list of the ...
Pius II, Pope

Pope Pius II

(Enea Silvio de' Piccolomini). Born at Corsignano, near Siena, 18 Oct., 1405; elected 19 ...
Pius III, Pope

Pope Pius III

(Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini). B. at Siena, 29 May, 1439; elected 22 Sept., 1503; d. in ...
Pius IV, Pope

Pope Pius IV

(Giovanni Angelo Medici). B. 31 March, 1499, at Milan ; elected 26 December, 1559; d. in ...
Pius IX, Pope

Pope Pius IX

(G IOVANNI M ARIA M ASTAI -F ERRETTI ). Pope from 1846-78; born at Sinigaglia, 13 May, ...
Pius V, Pope Saint

Pope St. Pius V

(MICHELE GHISLERI). Born at Bosco, near Alexandria, Lombardy, 17 Jan., 1504 elected 7 Jan., ...
Pius VI, Pope

Pope Pius VI

(G IOVANNI A NGELICO B RASCHI ). Born at Cesena, 27 December, 1717; elected 15 ...
Pius VII, Pope

Pope Pius VII

(B ARNABA C HIARAMONTI ). Born at Cesena in the Pontifical States, 14 August, 1740; ...
Pius VIII, Pope

Pope Pius VIII

(Francesco Xaverio Castiglione). B. at Cingoli, 20 Nov., 1761; elected 31 March, 1829; d. 1 ...
Pius X, Pope Saint

Pope Pius X

(Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto). Born 2 June, 1835, at Riese, Province of Treviso, in Venice. His ...
Piusverein

Piusverein

The name given to Catholic associations in various countries of Europe. I. THE PIUS ...
Pizarro, Francisco

Francisco Pizarro

Born in Trujillo, Estremadura, Spain, probably in 1471; died at Lima, Peru, 26 June, 1541. He ...
Placidus, Saint

St. Placidus

St. Placidus, disciple of St. Benedict, the son of the patrician Tertullus, was brought as a ...
Plagues of Egypt

Plagues of Egypt

Ten calamities inflicted on the Egyptians to overcome Pharao's obstinacy and force him to let ...
Plain Chant

Plain Chant

By plain chant we understand the church music of the early Middle Ages, before the advent of ...
Plantaganet, Henry Beaufort

Henry Beaufort Plantaganet

Cardinal, Bishop of Winchester, born c. 1377; died at Westminster, 11 April, 1447. He was the ...
Plantin, Christophe

Christophe Plantin

Book-binder and publisher of Antwerp, b. 1514, at or near Tours ( France ); d. 1 July, 1589, at ...
Plants in the Bible

Plants in the Bible

When Moses spoke to the people about the Land of Promise, he described it as a "land of hills ...
Plasencia

Plasencia

(PLACENTINA) Plasencia comprises the civil provinces of Cáceres, Salamanca, and ...
Plateau, Joseph-Antoine

Joseph-Antoine Plateau

Belgian physicist, b. at Brussels, 14 Oct., 1801; d. at Ghent, 15 Sept., 1883. His father, a ...
Platina, Bartolomeo

Bartolomeo Platina

Originally named S ACCHI, b. at Piadena, near Mantua, in 1421; d. at Rome, 1481. He first ...
Plato and Platonism

Plato and Platonism

I. LIFE OF PLATO Plato ( Platon , "the broad shouldered") was born at Athens in 428 or 427 ...
Play, Pierre-Guillaume-Frédéric Le

Pierre-Guillaume-Frederic Le Play

A French economist, born at La Rivière (Calvados), 11 April, 1806; died at Paris, 5 ...
Plegmund

Plegmund

Archbishop of Canterbury, died 2 August, 914. He was a Mercian, and spent his early life near ...
Plenarium

Plenarium

A book of formulae and texts. Plenarium or Plenarius ( Liber ) is any book that contains ...
Plenary Council

Plenary Council

A canonical term applied to various kinds of ecclesiastical synods. The word itself, derived from ...
Plessis, Joseph-Octave

Joseph-Octave Plessis

Bishop of Quebec, born at Montreal, 3 March, 1763; died at Quebec, 4 Dec., 1822. He studied ...
Plethon, Georgius Gemistus

Georgius Gemistus Plethon

Born in Constantinople about 1355, died in the Peloponnesus, 1450. Out of veneration for Plato ...
Plock

Plock

(PLOCENSIS) Located in Russian Poland, suffragan of Warsaw, includes the district of Plock ...
Plowden, Charles

Edmund Plowden

Born at Plowden Hall, Shropshire, 1743; died at Jougne, Doubs, France, 13 June, 1821. He was ...
Plowden, Edmund

Charles Plowden

Born 1517-8; died in London, 6 Feb., 1584-5. Son of Humphrey Plowden of Plowden Hall, Shropshire, ...
Plowden, Francis

Francis Plowden

Son of William Plowden of Plowden Hall, b. at Shropshire, 8 June, 1749; d. at Paris, 4 Jan., ...
Plowden, Robert

Robert Plowden

Elder brother of Charles, born 27 January, 1740; died at Wappenbury, 27 June, 1823. He entered ...
Plowden, Thomas

Thomas Plowden

( Alias Salisbury). Born in Oxfordshire, England, 1594; died in London, 13 Feb., 1664; ...
Plowden, Thomas Percy

Thomas Percy Plowden

Born at Shiplake, Oxfordshire, England, 1672; died at Watten, 21 Sept., 1745; joined the Society ...
Plumier, Charles

Charles Plumier

(botanical abbreviation, Plum .) A French botanist, born at Marseilles, 20 April, 1646; ...
Plunket, Blessed Oliver

St. Oliver Plunket

[ Editor's Note: St. Oliver Plunkett was canonized by Pope Paul VI on October 10, 1975.] ...
Pluscarden Priory

Pluscarden Priory

Founded in 1230 by Alexander III , King of Scotland, six miles from Elgin, Morayshire, for ...
Plymouth

Plymouth

(PLYMUTHENSIS, PLYMUTHÆ) Plymouth consists of the County of Dorset, which formed a ...
Pneumatomachi (Macedonians)

Pneumatomachi

(Macedonians) A heretical sect which flourished in the countries adjacent to the Hellespont ...
Poetry, Hebrew, of the Old Testament

Hebrew Poetry of the Old Testament

Since the Bible is divinely inspired, and thus becomes the "written word" of God, many devout ...
Poggio Bracciolini, Giovanni Francesco

Poggio Bracciolini

An Italian humanist and historian; born at Terranuova, near Arezzo, in 1380; died at Florence, ...
Poggio Mirteto

Poggio Mirteto

DIOCESE OF POGGIO MIRTETO (MANDELENSIS) Diocese in the province of Perugia, central Italy. The ...
Pogla

Pogla

( ta Pogla ) Titular see in Pamphylia Secunda. Pogla is mentioned only by Ptolemy, V, 5, ...
Poitiers

Poitiers

D IOCESE OF P OITIERS (P ICTAVENSIS ) The Diocese of Poitiers includes the Departments of ...
Poland

Poland

I. GEOGRAPHY The western part of the Sarmatian Plain together with the northern slopes of the ...
Polding, John Bede

John Bede Polding

Archbishop of Sydney, born at Liverpool, 18 Oct., 1794; died at Sydney, 16 March, 1877. In 1805 ...
Pole, Blessed Margaret

Blessed Margaret Pole

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

Reginald Cardinal Pole

Cardinal, b. at Stourton Castle, Staffordshire, England, in March, 1500; d. at Lambeth Palace, ...
Polemonium

Polemonium

Titular see in Pontus Polemoniacus, suffragan of Neocæsarea. At the mouth of the Sidenus, ...
Poleni, Giovanni

Giovanni Poleni

Marquess, physicist, and antiquarian; b. at Venice, 23 Aug., 1683; d. at Padua, 14 Nov., 1761; ...
Poles in the United States

Poles in the United States

Causes of Immigration There is good foundation for the tradition that a Pole, John of Kolno (a ...
Policastro

Policastro

DIOCESE OF POLICASTRO (POLICASTRENSIS) Diocese in the province of Salerno, Southern Italy. The ...
Polignac, Melchior de

Melchior de Polignac

Cardinal, diplomatist, and writer, b. of an ancient family of Auvergne, at Le Puy, France, 11 ...
Polish Literature

Polish Literature

The subject will be divided, for convenience of treatment, into historical periods. First ...
Politi, Lancelot

Lancelot Politi

(In religion AMBROSIUS CATHARINUS) Born at Siena, 1483; died at Naples, 1553. At sixteen he ...
Politian

Politian

(ANGIOLO DE 'AMBROSINI DA MONTE PULCIANO) An Italian Humanist, born at Monte Pulciano in 1454; ...
Political Economy, Science of

Political Economy

S CIENCE OF P OLITICAL E CONOMY (E CONOMICS ). I. DEFINITIONS Political economy (Greek, ...
Pollajuolo, Antonio and Piero Benci

Antonio and Piero Benci Pollajuolo

Antonio and Piero Benci Pollajuolo derived their surname, according to Florentine custom, from ...
Polo, Marco

Marco Polo

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

Polybotus

A titular see in Phrygia Salutaris, suffragan of Synnada. This town is mentioned only in the ...
Polycarp, Saint

St. Polycarp

Martyr (A.D. 69-155). Our chief sources of information concerning St. Polycarp are: (1) the ...
Polycarpus

Polycarpus

The title of a canonical collection in eight books composed in Italy by Cardinal Gregorius. It is ...
Polyglot Bibles

Polyglot Bibles

The first Bible which may be considered a Polyglot is that edited at Alcalá (in Latin ...
Polystylum

Polystylum

A titular see of Macedonia Secunda, suffragan of Philippi. When Philippi was made a ...
Polytheism

Polytheism

The belief in, and consequent worship of, many gods. See the various articles on national ...
Pomaria

Pomaria

A titular see in Mauretania Cæsarea. It is north of Tlemcen (capital of an arrondissement ...
Pombal, Marquis de

Marquis de Pombal

S EBASTIâO J OSÉ DE C ARVALHO E M ELLO The son of a country gentleman of ...
Pomerania

Pomerania

A Prussian province on the Baltic Sea situated on both banks of the River Oder, divided into ...
Pompeiopolis

Pompeiopolis

A titular see in Paphlagonia. The ancient name of the town is unknown; it may have been ...
Pomponazzi, Pietro

Pietro Pomponazzi

(POMPONATIUS, also known as PERETTO on account of his small stature) A philosopher and ...
Ponce de León, Juan

Ponce de Leon

Explorer, born at San Servas in the province of Campos, 1460; died in Cuba, 1521. He was ...
Ponce, John

John Ponce

A philosopher and theologian, born at Cork, 1603, died at Paris, 1670. At an early age he went ...
Poncet, Joseph Anthony de la Rivière

Joseph Anthony de La Rivere Poncet

Missionary; b. at Paris, 17 May, 1610; d. at Martinique, 18 June, 1675. He entered the Jesuit ...
Pondicherry

Pondicherry

(PONDICHERIANA OR PUDICHERIANA) Located in India, it is bounded on the east by the Bay of ...
Pontefract Priory

Pontefract Priory

Located in Yorkshire, England, a Cluniac monastery dedicated to St. John the Evangelist, founded ...
Pontian, Pope Saint

Pope St. Pontian

Dates of birth and death unknown. The "Liber Pontificalis" (ed. Duchesne, I, 145) gives Rome ...
Pontifical Colleges

Pontifical Colleges

In earlier times there existed in Europe outside of the city of Rome a large number of ...
Pontifical Decorations

Pontifical Decorations

Pontifical decorations are the titles of nobility, orders of Christian knighthood and other ...
Pontifical Mass

Pontifical Mass

Pontifical Mass is the solemn Mass celebrated by a bishop with the ceremonies prescribed in the ...
Pontificale

Pontificale

( Pontificale Romanum ). A liturgical book which contains the rites for the performance ...
Pontificalia

Pontificalia

(PONTIFICALS). The collective name given for convenience sake to those insignia of the ...
Pontigny, Abbey of

Abbey of Pontigny

Second daughter of Cîteaux, was situated on the banks of the Serain, present Diocese of ...
Pontius Carbonell

Pontius Carbonell

Born at Barcelona, c. ú died c. 1320. Pontius and Carbonell are names frequently met with ...
Pontius Pilate

Pontius Pilate

After the deposition of the eldest son of Herod, Archelaus (who had succeeded his father as ...
Pontus

Pontus

In ancient times, Pontus was the name of the north-eastern province of Asia Minor , a long ...
Pools in Scripture

Pools in Scripture

In the English Bibles, the word "pool" stands for three Hebrew words: (1) 'agam means properly ...
Poona

Poona

(PUNENSIS) Diocese in India, comprises that portion of the Bombay Presidency which lies on ...
Poor Brothers of St. Francis Seraphicus

Poor Brothers of St. Francis Seraphicus

A congregation of lay brothers of the Third Order of St. Francis, instituted for charitable ...
Poor Catholics

Poor Catholics

( Pauperes Catholici ) A religious mendicant order, organized in 1208, to reunite the ...
Poor Child Jesus, Sisters of the

Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus

A congregation founded at Aachen in 1844 for the support and education of poor, orphan, and ...
Poor Clares

Poor Clares

(POOR LADIES, SISTERS OF ST. CLARE) The Second Order of St. Francis. The subject will be treated ...
Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ

A community founded by Catherine Kasper, a native of Dernbach, Germany. She was born 26 May, 1820, ...
Poor Handmaids of the Mother of God

Poor Servants of the Mother of God

A religious congregation founded in 1808 by Mother Mary Magdalen Taylor in conjunction with ...
Poor Laws

Poor Laws

Poor Laws are those legal enactments which have been made at various periods of the world's ...
Poor, Care of, by the Church

Care of the Poor by the Church

I. OBJECTS, HISTORY, AND ORGANIZATION A. The care of the poor is a branch of charity. In the ...
Poor, Little Sisters of the

Little Sisters of the Poor

An active, unenclosed religious congregation founded at St Servan, Brittany, 1839, through the ...
Poor, Sisters of the, of St. Francis

Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis

A Congregation, founded by the Venerable Mother Frances Schervier at Aachen in the year 1845, ...
Popayán

Popayan

(POPAYANENSIS) Popayán lies approximately between 1º 20' and 3º 2' north ...
Pope, Alexander

Alexander Pope

Poet, son of Alexander Pope and his second wife, Edith Turner, b. in London, England, 22 May, ...
Pope, The

The Pope

( Ecclesiastical Latin papa from Greek papas , a variant of pappas father, in classical ...
Popes, Chronological Lists of the

Chronological Lists of Popes

See also POPE, LIST OF POPES, PAPAL ELECTIONS, ELECTION OF THE POPE. The historical lists ...
Popes, Election of the

Election of the Popes

For current procedures regarding the election of the pope, see Pope John Paul II's 1996 Apostolic ...
Popes, List of

List of Popes

See also POPE, PAPAL ELECTIONS, ELECTION OF THE POPE. St. Peter (32-67) St. Linus (67-76) ...
Poppo, Saint

St. Poppo

Abbot, born 977; died at Marchiennes, 25 January, 1048. He belonged to a noble family of ...
Popular Devotions

Popular Devotions

Devotion, in the language of ascetical writers, denotes a certain ardour of affection in the ...
Population, Theories of

Overpopulation Theories

Down to the end of the eighteenth century, very little attention was given to the relation between ...
Porch (or Vestibule, in Architecture)

Vestibule (Porch)

A hall projecting in front of the façade of a church, found from the fifth century both ...
Pordenone, Giovanni Antonio

Giovanni Antonio Pordenone

Italian painter, b. at Pordenone, 1483; d. at Ferrara, January, 1539. He is occasionally referred ...
Pordenone, Ordric of

Odoric of Pordenone

A Franciscan missionary of a Czech family named Mattiussi, born at Villanova near Pordenone, ...
Pormort, Ven. Thomas

Ven. Thomas Pormort

English martyr, b. at Hull about 1559; d. at St. Paul's Churchyard, 20 Feb., 1592. He was probably ...
Porphyreon

Porphyreon

Titular see, suffragan of Tyre in Phoenicia Prima. It is described in the "Notitia Episcopatuum" ...
Porphyrius, Saint

St. Porphyrius

Bishop of Gaza in Palestine, b. at Thessalonica about 347; d. at Gaza, 26 February, 420. ...
Porrecta, Serafino

Serafino Porrecta

Family name Capponi, called a Porrecta from the place of birth, theologian, b. 1536; d. at Bologna, ...
Port Augusta

Port Augusta

(PORTAUGUSTANA) This diocese is a suffragan of Adelaide, South Australia, created in ...
Port Louis

Port Louis

(PORTUS LUDOVICI) This diocese comprises the islands of Mauritius, Rodriguez, Chagos, and ...
Port of Spain

Port of Spain

(PORTUS HISPANIÆ) An archiepiscopal and metropolitan see, including the Islands of ...
Port Victoria

Port Victoria

(PORTUS VICTORIÆ SEYCHELLARUM.) Port Victoria comprises the Seychelles Islands in the ...
Port-au-Prince

Port-Au-Prince

(PORTUS PRINCIPIS) This archdiocese comprises the western part of the Republic of Haiti. Its ...
Port-Royal

Port-Royal

A celebrated Benedictine abbey which profoundly influenced the religious and literary life of ...
Porta, Carlo

Carlo Porta

Poet, b. at Milan in 1775; d. there 5 January, 1821; educated by the Jesuits at Monza and ...
Porta, Giacomo della

Giacomo Della Porta

Architect and sculptor, b. at Porlizza on Lake Lugano 1541; d. 1604. He was a pupil of ...
Portable Altar

Portable Altar

A portable altar consists of a solid piece of natural stone which must be sufficiently hard to ...
Portalegre

Portalegre

Suffragan diocese of Lisbon, Portugal, established by Pope Julius III in 1550. Its first ...
Porter

Porter (Doorkeeper)

(Also called DOORKEEPER. From ostiarius , Latin ostium , a door.) Porter denoted among ...
Porter, George

George Porter

Archbishop of Bombay, b. 1825 at Exeter, England ; d. at Bombay, 28 September, 1889. Of ...
Portiuncula

Portiuncula

(PORZIONCULA or PORZIUNCOLA). A town and parish situated about three-quarters of a mile from ...
Portland

Portland, Maine

Diocese in the State of Maine ; suffragan of Boston ; established by Pius IX, 8 Dec., 1854. ...
Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre

(PORTALEGRENSIS) Located in Eastern Brazil. Porto Alegre, the capital and chief port of the ...
Porto Alegre

Port Alegre

(PORTALEGREN) Porto Alegre comprises the southern part of the State of Minas Geraes, and part ...
Porto and Santa-Rufina

Porto and Santa-Rufina

(PORTUENSIS ET SANCTÆ RUFINÆ) This diocese was formed from the union of two ...
Porto Rico

Puerto Rico

(PUERTO RICO) The smallest and most easterly of the Greater Antilles, rectangular in shape, ...
Portoviejo

Portoviejo

(PORTUS VETERIS). A suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Quito, Republic of Ecuador. It was ...
Portraits of the Apostles

Portraits of the Apostles

The earliest fresco representing Christ surrounded by the Apostles dates from the beginning of ...
Portsmouth

Portsmouth

(PORTUS MAGNUS, or PORTEMUTHENSIS) This diocese was created by a Brief of Leo XIII , ...
Portugal

Portugal

I. GEOGRAPHY AND PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS Portugal is situated on the west of the Iberian ...
Portuguese East Africa

Portugues East Africa

Portuguese East Africa consists of the Province of Mozambique. Portuguese activity on that ...
Portuguese Literature

Portuguese Literature

The Portuguese language was developed gradually from the lingua rustica spoken in the countries ...
Portuguese West Africa

Portuguese West Africa

The name usually given to the Province of Angola. It has a coast line of 1015 miles from the ...
Positivism

Positivism

Positivism is a system of philosophical and religious doctrines elaborated by Auguste Comte. As ...
Possenti, Blessed Gabriel

Bl. Gabriel Possenti

Passionist student; renowned for sanctity and miracles ; born at Assisi, 1 March, 1838; died ...
Possession, Demonical

Demonic Possession

( See also DEMONOLOGY, DEMONIACS, EXORCISM, EXORCIST.) Man is in various ways subject to the ...
Possevinus, Antonius

Antonius Possevinus

Theologian and papal envoy, b. at Mantua in 1533 or 1534; d. at Ferrara, 26 Feb., 1611. At ...
Possidius, Saint

St. Possidius

Bishop of Calama in Numidia, author of a short life of St. Augustine and of an indiculus or ...
Postcommunion

Postcommunion

The Communion act finishes the essential Eucharistic service. Justin Martyr (I Apol., lxv-lxvi) ...
Postgate, Nicholas

Ven. Nicholas Postgate

English martyr, b. at Kirkdale House, Egton, Yorkshire, in 1596 or 1597; d. at York, 7 August, ...
Postulant

Postulant

Postulancy is a preliminary stage to the novitiate existing from the institution of monasticism. ...
Postulation

Postulation

( Latin postulare, to request) A postulation is a petition presented to a competent ...
Potawatomi Indians

Potawatomi Indians

An important tribe of Algonquin linguistic stock, closely related dialectically to the Ojibwa ...
Pothier, Robert Joseph

Robert Joseph Pothier

A celebrated French lawyer, b. at Orléans, 9 January, 1699; d. there, 2 March, 1772. His ...
Pouget, Jean-François-Albert du

Jean-Francois-Albert du Pouget

Marquis de Nadaillac, b. in 1817; d. at Rougemont, Cloyes, 1 October, 1904; the scion of an old ...
Pounde, Thomas

Thomas Pounde

Lay brother, b. at Beaumond (or Belmony), Farlington, Hampshire, 29 May, 1538; d. there, 26 Feb., ...
Poussin, Nicolas

Nicolas Poussin

French painter, b. at Les Andelys near Rouen in 1594; d. at Rome, 19 November, 1666. His early ...
Poverty

Poverty

I. THE MORAL DOCTRINE OF POVERTY Jesus Christ did not condemn the possession of worldly goods, or ...
Poverty and Pauperism

Poverty and Pauperism

See also CARE OF THE POOR BY THE CHURCH In a legal and technical sense, pauperism denotes the ...
Powel, Philip

Philip Powel

( alias M ORGAN, alias P ROSSER ) Martyr, b. at Tralon, Brecknockshire, 2 Feb., 1594; d. ...
Powell, Blessed Edward

Blessed Edward Powell

With Blessed Thomas Abel there suffered Edward Powell, priest and martyr, b. in Wales about ...
Poynter, William

William Poynter

Born 20 May, 1762, at Petersfield, Hants; died 26 Nov., 1827, in London. He was educated at the ...
Pozzo, Andreas

Andreas Pozzo

(P UTEUS ) Italian painter and architect of the Baroque period, b. at Trent, 1642; d. at ...
Pozzuoli

Pozzuoli

(PUTEOLANA) The city of Pozzuoli in the province of Naples, southern Italy, on the gulf of ...
Prémare, Joseph Henri Marie de

Joseph Henri Marie de Premare

Joseph Henri Marie de Prémare, missionary and sinologist, born at Cherbourg, 17 July, 1666; ...
Prémontré, Abbey of

Premontre

Located about twelve miles west of Laon, Department of Aisne, France ; founded by St. Norbert. ...
Prüm

Prum

A former Benedictine abbey in Lorraine, now in the Diocese of Trier, founded by a Frankish ...
Prades, Jean-Martin de

Jean-Martin de Prades

A theologian, born about 1720 at Castelsarrasin ( Diocese of Montauban ), died in 1782 at ...
Prado, Jerome de

Jerome de Prado

Exegete, b. at Baeza in Spain, 1547; d. at Rome, 13 Jan., 1595. He entered the Society of ...
Praelatus Nullius

Praelatus Nullius

(i.e. Dioceseos) A prelate who exercises quasi-episcopal jurisdiction in a territory not ...
Pragmatic Sanction

Pragmatic Sanction

( pragmatica sanctio , lex , jussio , also pragmatica or pragmaticum ) Pragmatic ...
Pragmatism

Pragmatism

Pragmatism, as a tendency in philosophy, signifies the insistence on usefulness or practical ...
Prague

Prague

(PRAGENSIS). An archdiocese in Bohemia. From about the middle of the sixth century Slavonic ...
Prague, University of

University of Prague

The University of Prague was founded by Charles IV with the consent of the Estates on the model ...
Praxeas

Praxeas

An early anti- Montanist, is known to us only by Tertullian's book "Adversus Praxean". His name ...
Praxedes and Pudentiana

Praxedes and Pudentia

Martyrs of an unknown era. The seventh-century itineraries to the graves of the Roman martyrs ...
Pray Brethren

Orate Fratres

The exhortation (" Pray brethren that my sacrifice and yours be acceptable to God the Father ...
Pray, George

George Pray

Abbot, canon, librarian of the University library of Buda, and important Hungarian historian, b. ...
Prayer

Prayer

(Greek euchesthai , Latin precari , French prier , to plead, to beg, to ask earnestly). ...
Prayer of Christ, Feast of the

Feast of the Prayer of Christ

This feast occurs on the Tuesday after Septuagesima (double major). Its object is to ...
Prayer of Quiet

Prayer of Quiet

The Prayer of Quiet is regarded by all writers on mystical theology as one of the degrees of ...
Prayer, Lord's

Lord's Prayer

Although the Latin term oratio dominica is of early date, the phrase "Lord's Prayer" does not ...
Prayer-Books

Prayer-Books

By "prayer-books" usage generally understands a collection of forms of prayer intended for ...
Prayers for the Dead

Prayers For the Dead

This subject will be treated under the following three heads: I. General Statement and Proof of ...
Preacher Apostolic

Preacher Apostolic

A dignitary of the pontifical household. As a regular function, under special Regulations, this ...
Preachers, Order of

Order of Preachers

As the Order of the Friars Preachers is the principal part of the entire Order of St. Dominic, we ...
Preadamites

Preadamites

The supposed inhabitants of the earth prior to Adam. Strictly speaking, the expression ought to be ...
Prebend

Prebend

The right of a member of a chapter to his share in the revenues of the cathedral ; also the ...
Precaria

Precaria

( Preces , prayers ). A precaria is a contract granting to a petitioner the use and ...
Precedence

Precedence

( Latin præcedere , to go before another). Precedence signifies the right to enjoy ...
Precentor

Precentor

(Latin Præcentor , from præ , before- cantor singer). A word describing ...
Precept

Canonical Precept

( Precept: From the Latin præceptum from præcipere , to command). Precept , ...
Precious Blood

Precious Blood

The blood of our Divine Saviour. Jesus, at the Last Supper, ascribes to it the same life-giving ...
Precious Blood, Archconfraternity of the Most

Archconfraternity of the Most Precious Blood

Confraternities which made it their special object to venerate the Blood of Christ first arose in ...
Precious Blood, Congregation of the Most

Congregation of the Most Precious Blood

An association of secular priests living in community, whose principal aim is to give missions ...
Precious Blood, Congregations of the

Congregations of the Precious Blood

I. BERNADINES OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD A congregation of nuns, no longer in existence, founded by ...
Precious Blood, Feast of the Most

Feast of the Most Precious Blood

For many dioceses there are two days to which the Office of the Precious Blood has been ...
Precipiano, Humbert-Guillaume de, Count

Humbert-Guillaume de Precipiano

Born at Besançon, 1626; died at Brussels, 7 June, 1711. Having studied the classics at ...
Preconization

Preconization

(Latin præconizare , to publish, from præco , herald, public crier) This word ...
Predestinarianism

Predestinarianism

Predestinarianism is a heresy not unfrequently met with in the course of the centuries which ...
Predestination

Predestination

Predestination ( Latin prœ , destinare ), taken in its widest meaning, is every Divine ...
Preface

Preface

( Latin Præfatio ). The first part of the Eucharistic prayers ( Anaphora or Canon) in ...
Prefect Apostolic

Prefect Apostolic

( Latin prœfectus, one put over or in charge of something) During the last few ...
Prefecture Apostolic (Supplemental List)

Prefecture Apostolic

(SUPPLEMENTAL LIST) An account is here given of the prefectures Apostolic that have been ...
Prelate

Prelate

Real Prelate, the incumbent of a prelature, i.e., of an ecclesiastical office with special and ...
Premonstratensian Canons

Premonstratensian Canons

(C ANONICI R EGULARES P RÆMONSTRATENSES ). Founded in 1120 by St. Norbert at ...
Presbyterianism

Presbyterianism

Presbyterianism in a wide sense is the system of church government by representative assemblies ...
Presbytery

Presbytery

The part of the church reserved for the higher clergy was known in antiquity by various names, ...
Prescription

Prescription

(Latin prœ , before, and scribere , to write, in later legal Latin involving the idea ...
Prescription in Civil Jurisprudence

Prescription in Civil Jurisprudence

Prescription "in some form and under some name" is said to have existed as a part of the municipal ...
Presence of God

Presence of God

Doctrinal All solid devotion and devotional practices must be founded upon the truths of ...
Presence, Real

The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

In this article we shall consider: the fact of the Real Presence , which is, indeed, the central ...
Presentation Brothers

Presentation Brothers

In the early part of the nineteenth century when the Penal Laws were relaxed, and the ban which ...
Presentation of Mary, Congregation of the

Congregation of the Presentation of Mary

This congregation, devoted to the education of young girls, was founded in 1796 at Theuyts, ...
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feast of the

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Protoevangel of James, the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, the Gospel of the Nativity of Mary, and ...
Presentation, Feast of the

Candlemas

Also called: Purification of the Blessed Virgin (Greek Hypapante ), Feast of the Presentation of ...
Presentation, Order of the

Order of the Presentation

An Order founded at Cork, Ireland, by Nano (Honoria) Nagle (see below). In 1775 she entered with ...
Presentation, Religious Congregations of the

Religious Congregations of the Presentation

(1) Daughters of the Presentation , founded in 1627 by Nicolas Sanguin (b. 1580; d. 1653), ...
Presentation, Right of

Right of Presentation

Out of gratitude for the foundation or endowment of churches and benefices, the Church grants ...
Prester John

Prester John

Name of a legendary Eastern priest and king. FIRST STAGE The mythical journey to Rome of a ...
Preston, Thomas

Thomas Preston

( Alias R OGER W IDDRINGTON ). Benedictine, d. in the Clink prison, 5 April, 1640. He ...
Preston, Thomas Scott

Thomas Scott Preston

The Vicar-General of New York, prothonotary Apostolic, chancellor, distinguished convert, ...
Presumption

Presumption

(Latin praesumere , "to take before", "to take for granted"). Presumption is here ...
Presumption

Presumption

(IN CANON LAW) A term signifying a reasonable conjecture concerning something doubtful, drawn ...
Pretorium

Pretorium

This name is derived from the Latin prætorium, in later Greek tò ...
Pride

Pride

Pride is the excessive love of one's own excellence. It is ordinarily accounted one of the seven ...
Priene

Priene

A titular see of Asia Minor, suffragan of Ephesus. The foundation of the town of Priene dates ...
Priest

Priest

This word (etymologically "elder", from presbyteros , presbyter ) has taken the meaning of ...
Priest, Assistant

Assistant Priest

The assistant priest ( presbyter assistens , anciently called capellanus ) is the first and ...
Priest, High

The High Priest

The high-priest in the Old Testament is called by various names: the priest ( Numbers 3:6 ); ...
Priesthood

Priesthood

The word priest (Germ. Priester ; Fr. prêtre ; Ital. prete ) is derived from the ...
Priestly Perseverance, Association of

Association of Priestly Perseverance

A sacerdotal association founded in 1868 at Vienna, and at first confined to that Archdiocese. ...
Priests' Communion League

Priests' Communion League

An association of priests established at Rome on 20 July, 1906, in the Church of San ...
Priests' Eucharistic League

Priests' Eucharistic League

I. Object The Priests' Eucharistic League (Confraternitas sacerdotalis adorationis Sanctissimi ...
Priests, Confraternities of

Confraternities of Priests

Three confraternities of priests -- the Apostolic Union, the Priests' Eucharistic League, ...
Primacy

Primacy

(Latin primatus, primus , first). The supreme episcopal jurisdiction of the pope as ...
Primadicci, James

James Primadicci

(Or Primadizzi.) Born at Bologna; died in the same city in 1460. As early as the year 1426 he ...
Primate

Primate

(Lat. primas, from primus, "first"). In the Western Church a primate is a bishop ...
Prime

Prime

I. THE NAME The name Prime ( prima hora ) belongs with those of Terce, Sext, None, to the ...
Primer, The

The Primer

The common English name for a book of devotions which from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century ...
Primicerius

Primicerius

(Etymologically primus in cera , sc. in tabula cerata , the first in a list of a class of ...
Primus and Felician, Saints

Sts. Primus and Felician

Suffered martyrdom about 304 in the Diocletian persecution. The "Martyrologium Hieronymianum" ...
Prince Albert, Diocese of

Prince Albert

A suffragan see of St. Boniface, Manitoba, in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada. Originally ...
Prior

Prior

A monastic superior. In the Rule of St. Benedict the term prior occurs several times, but ...
Prioress

Prioress

(Priorissa, Praeposita). A superioress in a monastic community for women. The term prioress ...
Priory

Priory

A monastery whose superior is a prior. The Dominicans, Augustinian Hermits, Carthusians, ...
Prisca, Saint

St. Prisca

She was a martyr of the Roman Church, whose dates are unknown. The name Prisca or Priscilla ...
Priscianus

Priscianus

Latin grammarian, born at Caesarea (Mauretania) , taught at Constantinople under Anastatius I ...
Priscilla and Aquila

Aquila and Priscilla

( Or Prisca.) Jewish tentmakers, who left Rome (Aquila was a native of Pontus ) in the ...
Priscillianism

Priscillianism

This heresy originated in Spain in the fourth century and was derived from the Gnostic - ...
Prisons

Prisons

I. IN ANCIENT TIMES Many jurisconsults and Scriptural interpreters include imprisonment among ...
Prisons, Ecclesiastical

Ecclesiastical Prisons

It is plain from many decrees in the "Corpus Juris Canonici" that the Church has claimed and ...
Privilege

Privilege

( Latin, privilegium , like priva lex ) Privilege is a permanent concession made by a ...
Privileged Altar

Privileged Altar

An altar is said to be privileged when, in addition to the ordinary fruits of the Eucharistic ...
Privileges, Ecclesiastical

Ecclesiastical Privileges

Ecclesiastical privileges are exceptions to the Law made in favour of the clergy or in favour ...
Proba, Faltonia

Faltonia Proba

A Christian poetess of the fourth century. The name Faltonia is doubtful and is apparently due ...
Probabilism

Probabilism

Probabilism is the moral system which holds that, when there is question solely of the ...
Probus, Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius Probus

Roman Emperor, 276-82, raised to the throne by the army in Syria to succeed Tacitus. Of humble ...
Probus, Tarachus, and Andronicus, Saints

Sts. Tarachus, Probus, and Andronicus

Martyrs of the Diocletian persecution (about 304). The "Martyrologium Hieronymian." contains the ...
Processional Cross

Processional Cross

A processional cross is simply a crucifix which is carried at the head of a procession, and ...
Processional, Roman

Roman Processional

Strictly speaking it might be said that the Processional has no recognized place in the Roman ...
Processions

Processions

Processions, an element in all ceremonial, are to be found, as we should expect, in almost every ...
Processus and Martinian, Saints

Sts. Processus and Martinian

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

St. Proclus

Patriarch of Constantinople. Saint Proclus died in 446 or 447. Proclus came to the fore in the ...
Proconnesus

Proconnesus

(PRŒCONNESUS) A titular see in Hellespont. Proconnesus was the name of an island ...
Procopius of Caesarea

Procopius of Caesarea

Byzantine historian, b. in the latter years of the fifth century at Caesarea in Palestine , d. ...
Procter, Adelaide Anne

Adelaide Anne Procter

Poetess and philanthropist, b. in London, England, 30 October, 1825; d. in London, 2 February, ...
Procurator

Procurator

A person who manages the affairs of another by virtue of a charge received from him. There are ...
Profession, Religious

Religious Profession

HISTORICAL VIEW Profession may be considered either as a declaration openly made, or as a state ...
Promise, Divine

Divine Promise (In Scripture)

The term promise in Holy Writ both in its nominal and verbal form embraces not only promises ...
Promotor Fidei

Promotor Fidei

(P ROMOTER OF THE F AITH ). An official of the Roman Congregation of Rites. The office ...
Promulgation

Promulgation

( Latin promulgare, to make known, to post in public). I. PROMULGATION IN GENERAL This is the ...
Proof

Proof

Proof is the establishment of a disputed or controverted matter by lawful means or arguments. ...
Propaganda, Sacred Congregation of

Sacred Congregation of Propaganda

The Sacred Congregation de Propaganda Fide , whose official title is "sacra congregatio ...
Propagation of the Faith, The Society for the

Society for the Propagation of the Faith

This society is an international association for the assistance by prayers and alms of ...
Property

Property

I. NOTION OF PROPERTY The proprietor or owner of a thing, in the current acceptation of the word, ...
Property, Ecclesiastical

Church Property

Abstract Right of Ownership That the Church has the right to acquire and possess temporal ...
Property, Ecclesiastical, in the United States

Ecclesiastical Property in the United States

The Third Plenary Council of Baltimore decreed (tit. IX, cap. i, n. 264): "We must hold, ...
Prophecy

Prophecy

As the term is used in mystical theology , it applies both to the prophecies of canonical ...
Prophecy, Prophet, and Prophetess

Prophecy, Prophet, and Prophetess

I. IN THE OLD TESTAMENT A. Introduction Yahweh had forbidden Israel all kinds of oracles in ...
Proprium

Proprium

The Proprium de tempore and the Proprium Sanctorum form in the present liturgy the two ...
Proschko, Franz Isidor

Franz Isidor Proschko

A well-known Austrian author, born at Hohenfurt, Bohemia, 2 April, 1816; died at Vienna, 6 ...
Prose or Sequence

Prose or Sequence

I. DEFINITION AND GENERAL DESCRIPTION The Sequence ( Sequentia )–or, more accurately as ...
Proselyte

Proselyte

( proselytos , stranger or newcomer; Vulgate, advena ). The English term "proselyte" ...
Proske, Karl

Karl Proske

Born at Grobing in Upper Silesia, 11 Feb., 1794; died 20 Dec., 1861. He took his degree as Doctor ...
Prosper of Aquitaine, Tiro

Tiro Prosper of Aquitaine

The first sure date in the life of Prosper is that of his letter to St. Augustine written ...
Protasius and Gervasius, Saints

Sts. Gervasius and Protasius

Martyrs of Milan, probably in the second century, patrons of the city of Milan and of ...
Protector, Altar

Altar Protector

A cover made of cloth, baize or velvet which is placed on the table of the altar, during the ...
Protectorate of Missions

Protectorate of Missions

The right of protection exercised by a Christian power in an infidel country with regard to ...
Protectories

Protectories

The institutions for the shelter and training of the young, designed to afford neglected or ...
Protestant Episcopal Church

Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America

The history of this religious organization divides itself naturally into two portions: the period ...
Protestantism

Protestantism

The subject will be treated under the following heads, viz.: I. Origin of the Name. II. ...
Prothonotary Apostolic

Prothonotary Apostolic

A member of the highest college of prelates in the Roman Curia, and also of the honorary ...
Protocol

Protocol

The formula used at the beginning of public acts drawn up by notaries, e.g., mention of the reign, ...
Protopope

Protopope

A priest of higher rank in the Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic Churches, corresponding in ...
Protus and Hyacinth, Saints

Sts. Protus and Hyacinth

Martyrs during the persecution of Valerian (257-9). The day of their annual commemoration is ...
Prout, Father

Father Prout

The name by which the Rev. Francis Sylvester Mahony (O'Mahony), author of "The Bells of ...
Provancher, Léon Abel

Leon Abel Provancher

Naturalist, b. 10 March, 1820, in the parish of Béconcourt, Nicolet county, Province of ...
Proverbs, Book of

Proverbs

One of the Sapiential writings of the Old Testament placed in the Hebrew Bible among the ...
Providence, Congregations of (I)

Daughters of Providence

Founded at Paris, by Madame Polaillon (Marie de Lumague), a devout widow. In 1643 Madame ...
Providence, Congregations of (II)

Sisters of Providence

(St. Mary-of-the-Woods) Among the teaching religious orders that originated in France at ...
Providence, Congregations of (III)

Sisters of Charity of Providence

SISTERS OF CHARITY The Sisters of xxyyyk.htm">Providence, known also as Sisters of ...
Providence, Congregations of (IV)

Sisters of Sainte Anne of Providence

Founded at Turin in 1834 by the Marchesa Julia Falletti de Barolo for the care of children and ...
Providence, Congregations of (V)

Sisters of the Institute of Charity of Providence

SISTERS OF THE INSTITUTE OF CHARITY An offshoot from the Sisters of xxyyyk.htm">Providence, ...
Providence, Diocese of

Providence, Rhode Island

(PROVIDENTIENSIS) Co-extensive with the State of Rhode Island . When erected (17 Feb., 1872) ...
Providence, Divine

Divine Providence

( Latin, Providentia ; Greek, pronoia ). Providence in general, or foresight, is a ...
Province, Ecclesiastical

Ecclesiastical Province

The name given to an ecclesiastical administrative district under the jurisdiction of an ...
Provincial

Provincial

An officer acting under the superior general of a religious order, and exercising a general ...
Provincial Council

Provincial Council

A deliberative assembly of the bishops of an ecclesiastical province, summoned and presided ...
Provision, Canonical

Canonical Provincial

Canonical Provision is a term signifying regular induction into a benefice, comprising three ...
Provisors, Statute of

Statue of Provisors

The English statute usually so designated is the 25th of Edward III, St. 4 (1350-1), otherwise ...
Provost

Provost

(Latin, prœpositus; French, prévôt; German, Probst ) Anciently (St. ...
Prudence

Prudence

(Latin prudentia , contracted from providentia , seeing ahead). One of the four ...
Prudentius

Prudentius

(GALINDO) A Bishop of Troyes, born in Spain ; died at Troyes on 6 April, 861; celebrated ...
Prudentius, Aurelius Clemens

Aurelius Clemens Prudentius

A Christian poet, born in the Tarraconensis, Northern Spain, 348; died probably in Spain, ...
Prusias ad Hypium

Prusias Ad Hypium

Titular see, suffragan of Claudiopolis in the Honoriad. Memnon, the historian, says that Prusias ...
Prussia

Prussia

The Kingdom of Prussia at the present time covers 134,616 square miles and includes about 64.8 ...
Przemysl

Przemysl

(PREMISLIENSIS) Latin see in Galicia, suffragan of Lemberg. After conquering Halicz and ...
Przemysl, Sambor, and Sanok

Przemysl, Sambor, and Sanok

(PREMISLIENSIS, SAMBORIENSIS, ET SANOCHIENSIS) A Græco-Ruthenian Uniat diocese of ...
Psalms

Psalms

The Psalter, or Book of Psalms, is the first book of the "Writings" ( Kethubhim or Hagiographa ...
Psalms, Alphabetic

Alphabetic Psalms

Alphabetic psalms are so called because their successive verses, or successive parallel series, ...
Psalterium

Psalterium

The Psalterium, or Book of the Psalms, only concerns us here in so far as it was transcribed ...
Psaume, Nicholas

Nicholas Psaume

(also PSAULME, PREAUME, Latin PSALMÆUS) Bishop of Verdun, born at Chaumont-sur-Aire in ...
Psellus, Michael

Michael Psellus

( Michael ho Psellos ), Byzantine statesman, scholar, and author, born apparently at ...
Psychology

Psychology

(Greek psyche, logos ; Latin psychologia; French psychologie; German Seelenkunde ) In ...
Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy

(from the Greek psyche , "mind", and therapeuo , "I cure") Psychotherapy is that ...
Ptolemais

Ptolemais

Ptolemais, a titular see in Egypt, metropolis of Thebais Secunda. Ptolemais owes its name to ...
Ptolemais

Ptolemais

(SAINT-JEAN D'ACRE) Ptolemais, a titular metropolis in Phoenicia Prima, or Maritima. The ...
Ptolemy the Gnostic

Ptolemy the Gnostic

A heretic of the second century and personal disciple of Valentinus. He was probably still ...
Public Authority

Civil Authority

Civil Authority is the moral power of command, supported (when need be) by physical coercion, ...
Public Honesty (Decency)

Public Honesty (Decency)

A diriment matrimonial impediment consisting in a relationship, which arises from a valid ...
Publican

Publican

Publican , in the Gospels, is derived from the publicanus of the Vulgate, and signifies a ...
Pueblo Indians

Pueblo Indians

NAME From the Spanish word meaning "village" or "town". A term used collectively to designate ...
Puget, Pierre

Pierre Puget

A painter, sculptor, architect, and naval constructor, born at Marseilles, 31 Oct., 1622; died ...
Pugh, George Ellis

George Ellis Pugh

A jurist and statesman, born at Cincinnati, Ohio., 28 November, 1822; died there, 19 July, 1876. ...
Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin

Architect and archeologist, born in London, 1 March, 1812; died at Ramsgate, 14 September, 1852; ...
Puiseux, Victor-Alexandre

Victor-Alexandre Puiseux

French mathematician and astronomer, b. 16 April, 1820, at Argenteuil (Seine-et-Oise); d. 9 ...
Pulaski, Casimir

Casimir Pulaski

Patriot and soldier, b. at Winiary, Poland, 4 March, 1748; d. on the Wasp, in the harbour of ...
Pulati

Pulati

(The Diocese of Pulati: Pulatensis or Polatinensis ). The ancient Pulati in Albania no ...
Pulcheria, Saint

Saint Pulcheria

Empress of the Eastern Roman Empire, eldest daughter of the Emperor Arcadius, b. 19 Jan., 399; d. ...
Pulci, Luigi

Luigi Pulci

An Italian poet, born at Florence, 15 Aug., 1432; died at Padua in 1484. The Pulci gave many ...
Pullen, Robert

Robert Pullen

(POLENIUS, PULLAN, PULLEIN, PULLENUS, PULLY, LA POULE) See also ROBERT PULLEN. Died 1147 (?). ...
Pullus, Robert

Robert Pullus

(PULLEN, PULLAN, PULLY.) See also ROBERT PULLEN. Cardinal, English philosopher and ...
Pulpit

Pulpit

( Latin pulpitum , a stage or scaffold) An elevated stand to preach on. To elucidate the ...
Punishment, Capital

Capital Punishment (Death Penalty)

The infliction by due legal process of the penalty of death as a punishment for crime. The ...
Puno

Puno

DIOCESE OF PUNO (PUNIENSIS) Suffragan of the Archdiocese of Lima in Peru. Its jurisdiction ...
Purcell, John Baptist

John Baptist Purcell

Archbishop of Cincinnati, born at Mallow, Ireland, 26 Feb., 1800; died at the convent of the ...
Purgative Way

State Or Way (Purgative, Illuminative, Unitive)

The word state is used in various senses by theologians and spiritual writers. It may be ...
Purgatorial Societies

Purgatorial Societies

Pious associations or confraternities in the Catholic Church, which have as their purpose to ...
Purgatory

Purgatory

The subject is treated under these heads: I. Catholic Doctrine II. Errors III. Proofs IV. Duration ...
Purgatory, St. Patrick's

St. Patrick's Purgatory

Lough Derg, Ireland. This celebrated sanctuary in Donegal, in the Diocese of Clogher, dates ...
Purim

Purim

(P HURIM ). The origin of the name is disputed: some derive it from the Persian pure ...
Puritans

Puritans

One of the chief difficulties in studying the various movements loosely spoken of as Puritanism is ...
Pusey and Puseyism

Pusey and Puseyism

Edward Bouverie Pusey, born at Pusey House, Berkshire, 22 Aug., 1800; died at Ascot Priory, ...
Pustet

Pustet

The name of a family of well-known Catholic publishers. The original home of the Pustets was ...
Putative Marriage

Putative Marriage

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

Erycius Puteanus

(ERRIJCK DE PUT) Born at Venloo, in Dutch Limbourg, 4 Nov., 1574; died at Louvain, 17 Sept., ...
Putzer, Joseph

Joseph Putzer

Theologian and canonist, b. at Rodaneck, Tyrol, 4 March, 1836; d. at Ilchester, Md., 15 May, ...
Puvis de Chavannes, Pierre

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

French painter, b. at Lyons, 14 Dec., 1824; d. at Paris, 24 Oct., 1898. Through his father ...
Puyallup Indians

Puyallup Indians

An important tribe of Salishan linguistic stock, formerly holding the territory along the river of ...
Pyrker, Johann Ladislaus von Oberwart

Johann Ladislaus von Oberwart Pryker

(FELSÖ-EÖR) He was born at Langh near Stuhlweissenburg, Hungary, 2 Nov., 1772; died ...
Pyrrhonism

Pyrrhonism

Pyrrhonism is a system of scepticism, the founder of which was Pyrrho, a Greek philosopher, ...
Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism

Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism

Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher and mathematician and founder of the Pythagorean school, ...
Pyx

Pyx

The word pyx (Lat., pyxis , which transliterates the Greek, pyxis , box-wood receptacle, ...

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