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I. IN ANCIENT TIMES

Many jurisconsults and Scriptural interpreters include imprisonment among the number of penalties recognized in Hebrew legislation, but the fact may well be questioned. However, on the coming of the Chaldeans under Nebuchadnezzar, there were at least three prisons at Jerusalem, and, about the same time, the names of the places of detention were expressive of the regime to which the culprits were subjected, such as Beth ha-keli (house of detention), Beth haasourim (house of those in chains), Beth ha-mah-pecheth (from the name of an instrument for chaining the hands and feet), and Bor (cistern, underground receptacle) [cf. Thonissen, "Etudes sur l'histoire du droit criminel des peuples anciens" (Brussels, 1869)].

At Athens imprisonment was imposed as a penalty, though this is doubted by many. It seems there was only one prison placed under the authority of the Eleven. The prisoners were not isolated and could be visited by their friends and the members of their family. Some were deprived of freedom of movement by having their feet attached to wooden blocks (Thonissen, "Le droit pénal de la république athénienne", 1875). At Rome there still remains at the foot of the Capitol the ancient Mamertine prison. It comprised an upper portion and a dungeon, the Tullianum. The prisoners were enclosed in the former which was lighted only by narrow loopholes, and, if they were condemned to death, they were thrown into the dungeon through an opening in its roof, to be strangled like Cataline's accomplices or starve to death like Jugurtha. Their naked corpses were then thrown out on the steps on the Gemonies. Imprisonment, which the laws did not usually pronounce, was of two kinds, simple detention or detention in chains. It was for life or for a time, according to the gravity of the offence. The supervision of the public prisons at Rome was entrusted to the triumviri capitales. Under the empire perpetual imprisonment was abolished theoretically, imprisonment being considered not so much a penalty as a means of supervising culprits. The care of the jails, up to the middle of the third century, was included among the duties of the triumviri capitales. In the provinces a more regular administration entirely under military control was then being instituted. At first the accused do not seem to have been separated from the convicted, nor were the sexes kept apart; though there are instances of solitary imprisonment (Humbert in Daremburg and Saglio, "Dict. des antiquités grecques et romaines", s.v. Career).

II. INFLUENCE OF CHRISTIANITY

It was natural that when Christians were being hunted down and cast into jail for their faith, the Church should recommend the faithful to visit the prisoners. The deacons and deaconesses were especially charged with the care of the incarcerated Christians, bringing them the comfort of religion, food, clothing, and especially money, which was needed to procure certain mitigations, even liberty. The deaconesses more particularly were appointed to this office, for in visiting the Christians they ran less risk of awakening the suspicion of the pagans. At an early period the bishops began to purchase the liberty of the prisoners. For this they made collections, and if the receipts were not sufficient, they sold the church property. Not only their own flock but the Christians in distant lands were objects of their charitable zeal. Debtors, towards whom Rome was so heartless, were not forgotten. Justinian granted private debtors the right of asylum in the house of God, but only if the creditors abused their rights ; this favour was not, however, extended to public or state debtors. The Church, the help of sinners, could not but extend her assistance and protection to criminals; for crime is primarily a sin. In the earliest times, as soon as more peaceful days had dawned, she endeavoured to free them from prison, to punish and correct them in another way. For this she employed three means.

  • The paschal indulgence. By virtue of an edict of Valentinian I in 367 all prisons were opened at Easter and the prisoners set free. This edict was called the indulgentia pascalis. The privilege was not extended to those arrested for sacrilege, poisoning, treason, adultery, rapine, or murder. Valentinian the Younger, Theodosius, and Theodoric issued similar edicts, but they excluded in addition recidivists.
  • The right of asylum. Under Constantine the Church had the right of asylum, which was granted also by his successors. Charlemagne ordained in a capitulary that no one taking refuge in a church should be taken from it by force, but should be unmolested till the court had pronounced its decision. This privilege in the course of time was abused and consequently was abolished. The right of asylum was not extended to adulterers, ravishers of young girls, or public debtors; it was confined to those who were unjustly pursued.
  • The right of intercession. The bishops had the right to ask the civil judge to pardon condemned prisoners, especially those sentenced to death ; frequently, however, they petitioned to have prisoners discharged.
In the course of time, through the influence of the Church, the lot of prisoners was greatly improved. The Council of Nicaea (325) ordered the procuratores pauperum to visit the jails and offer their services. The Synod of Orléans (549) obliged the archdeacon to see all the prisoners on Sundays. The active intervention of the Church began in the days of Constantine the Great and continued for a long period. The bishops and priests were invited and authorized to supervise the conduct of the judges, to visit prisoners on a certain weekday, Wednesdays or Fridays, and find out the reason of their imprisonment, to speak with them about their position and wants, to inform the proper authorities of any defects they noticed and to have changes made. During the Middle Ages this right and duty was enforced only here and there. St. Charles Borromeo was a great reformer and reorganized the whole prison system in his diocese, even to the smallest details, on an essentially humanitarian and Christian basis. The clergyman deputed by the bishop to look after the prisoners had to inquire constantly "quae illorum cura adhibeatur, cum in primis ad animae salutem, tum etiam ad corporis sustentationem", i.e. what care was taken of them, first in regard to their spiritual needs and then as to their physical welfare. Influence of the Papacy

The influence of the Papacy also was very great, and the prison system at Rome became a model. Popes Eugenius IV (1435), Paul V (1611), and Innocent X (1655) passed regulations improving the conditions of prisoners, until finally Clement XI (1703), by constructing St. Michael's prison, introduced the most essential change needed to ameliorate the penal system: the construction of a house of correction for youthful offenders, as is recorded in the inscription on the façade "Perditis adolescentibus corrigendis instituendisque ut qui inertes oberant instructi reipulicae serviant" (for the correction and education of abandoned youths; that they who, without training, were detrimental to the State, may, with training, be of service to it). The methods employed to reclaim culprits were separation, silence, work, and prayer. Each prisoner had his cell at night, but all worked in common during the day. A religious confraternity supervised them and undertook their education. Each one was taught a trade, and was encouraged by a system of rewards. The punishments consisted in bread and water diet, work in their cells, black holes, and flogging. In the large workshop of the jail was inscribed the motto: "Parum est coercere improbos poena nisi probos efficias disciplina" (It avails little to punish the wicked unless you reform them by discipline ). In 1735 Clement XII erected a prison for women on the model of St. Michael's. If Clement is considered the creator of the modern penitentiary system, it must be pointed out that at Amsterdam the principle of separation at night and work in common during the day had been introduced in 1603 (Von Hippel, "Beiträge zur Geschichte der Freiheitstrafe" in "Zeitschr. fur die Gesch. Straf.", 1897, p. 437, and Roux, "Revue pénitentiaire", 1898, p. 124 sqq.), and that the work of the Dutch inspired many imitators in Germany and Italy, where learned jurisconsults proclaimed that the reformation of the culprit was the object of punishment (Rivière, "Revue penitentiaire", 1895, p. 1152). A priest, Filippo Franci, after experimenting at Venice and Naples on the effect of separating prisoners according to sex, age, and social rank, succeeded in making his house of refuge at Florence ( casa pia di refulgio ), by the application of individual separation, a model establishment for the correctional education of children.

Influence of the Religious Orders

In the Middle Ages the Church founded religious orders which bound themselves by vow to the redemption of captives; the Trinitarians, or Mathurins, established in 1198 by St. John of Matha and Felix de Valois, and the Nolascans, founded in 1223. In Spain, France, and especially Italy, there were, moreover, associations or confraternities labouring to improve the condition of prisoners: the Confraternità della Misericordia and the Compagnia di Santa Maria della croce al Tempio detta de Neri at Florence, the Pia Casa di Misericordia at Pisa, the Casa della pietà at Venice, etc. Besides the prisons depending on the State, there were prisons under the control of the religious authorities. Each convent had one or at times two prisons in which religious were incarcerated. The term of imprisonment was temporal or perpetual. The culprit had to do penance and amend his ways. He was isolated and often chained. Generally the discipline was severe; not unfrequently corporal punishment was added to incarceration and the prisoner put on bread and water. The Church had the right to punish clerics for penal offences and had its own episcopal prisons, but from the middle of the sixteenth century, as a result of the changed relations of Church and State, the privilegium fori disappeared and the State resumed its right of punishing clerics in non-religious matters. In the episcopal prisons clerics were treated more gently than were the monks in convent prisons, nevertheless in certain cases the discipline was very rigorous. The Church had jurisdiction also over the laity in offences of a religious character. Finally, it created a new procedure, differing from the ordinary, viz. The inquisitorial procedure in cases of heresy. Imprisonment was the severest punishment the inquisitors could inflict directly. According to the inquisitional theory, it was not really a punishment, but a means for the culprit to obtain pardon for his crimes, and to amend and be converted, while close supervision prevented him from infecting the rest of the flock. The prisoners were subjected to two regimes: the severe and the milder; but, in either case, the captive was given only bread and water; he was confined to a cell, and forbidden all communication, though the latter provision was not strictly enforced. Those under the milder discipline could, if they behaved well, take a little exercise in the corridors, a privilege granted also to the aged and infirm. Those condemned to the severe regime were cast fettered into a narrow dark cell; sometimes they were chained to the walls. The prisons were constructed without any regard to the health or convenience of the inmates, and the condition of the latter was wretched. The Inquisition sometimes commuted or remitted the punishment. The remission was ad tempus , for a longer or shorter period, according to the case.

III. MODERN PRISON REFORMS

In spite of these efforts to better the prison system in earlier days there was much room for improvement in the buildings, diet, and discipline. Usually the main object of the authorities was to punish rather than to reform the culprit. Not unfrequently the greatest criminals and persons convicted of trifling offences were imprisoned together. Fortunately, after the construction of St. Michael's prison by Clement XI, the development of cellular imprisonment went on uninterruptedly. From Central Italy the movement spread towards Northern Italy, to Turin (erection of the House of Good Counsel, 1757), Venice (1760), Milan, where Empress Maria Theresa established in 1759 a house of correction containing 140 cells, 25 of which were for women and 20 for children. From Milan the system, as might be expected, was introduced almost immediately into the Austrian Low Countries where Maria Theresa's efforts were earnestly seconded by Viscount Jean Vilain XIV, Burgomaster of Ghent (Vicomte Vilain XIV, "Mémoires sur les moyens de corriger les malfaiteurs", Brussels, 1841). At his suggestion the celebrated prison of Ghent, finished in 1775, was erected (Holtzendorf, "Handbuch", I, pl. 3, gives the plan of this prison). The system adopted there was isolation by night and work in common by day. Moreover a division of the culprits according to juridical and moral classification was seriously undertaken.

A general change in prison discipline was effected through the efforts of John Howard the philanthropist, b. in 1726 at Hackney, London (Rivière, "Howard, sa vie, son oeuvre" in "Revue pénitentiaire", 1891, pp. 662 sqq.; Howard-Wines, "Punishment and Reformation ", 122 sqq.; Krohne, "Lehrbuch"; Cuche, "Traité de science et de législation pénitentiares", 304). Having visited the prisons of England, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and North America, he published in 1744 a remarkable work, "State of the prisons in England and Wales with preliminary observations and an account of some foreign prisons". Howard described the wretched conditions of the prisons: imprisonment in common without regard to age or sex, want of space, bad food, damp and vitiated air, want of light, filth, immorality, the use of spirituous liquors, gambling with cards and dice. After noting the evils, he proposes the remedies. It is on a religious training of the prisoners that he relies most for a reform; the second great means is work; he holds that society is bound by the ties of brotherhood and even by the hope of reclaiming the culprit, to provide him with proper food and subject him to a hygienic regime; he favoured the separation of prisoners, though he did not approve of the system of shutting them alone in cells both by day and night, except for certain classes of culprits; all others he would separate only during the night. Howard was the interpreter of the opinion of the civilized world. It is interesting to note the results of this change of opinion in the different countries, or, at least, to point out the original systems.

United States of America

(1) The Pennsylvania system is the work of the Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons, founded in 1776. The fundamental idea of this regime is rigorous and continued isolation to excite to repentance and lead the culprit to a better life. At first the system was carried to such an extreme that the cells were without light in order that the darkness might act more powerfully on the prisoner's mind and conscience. Some writers say that the culprits had no work to do, but that is uncertain. The Pennsylvania system, in its rigorous form as it was originally established, prevented, it is true, the mutual corruption of the prisoners and the planning of crimes to be committed on their release, which are the negative effects of individual separation; but it was not suited to produce positive results, that is, an awakening of the moral sense in man left to his own meditations; the cell can have an influence for moral good only when it enables the reflections of solitude to be guided and strengthened by outside influences (Cuche, op. cit., 312 sqq.).

(2) The system of Auburn or silence (Chestel, "Avantages du Système d'Auburn", 1900), introduced in the State of New York, consists in isolating the prisoners only at night, in making them work together in strict silence during the day, and in separating them according to age and morality. This is, in general, the same as the regime of the prisons of Amsterdam, St. Michael, and Ghent. The principal objection urged against it is the difficulty of enforcing silence, and of preventing the inmates from communicating with one another. Moreover, such unnatural life makes the culprits irascible.

(3) In the so-called system of classification, the prisoners are divided not only according to sex, age, degree of guilt, aptitude for work, but also according to their moral character and the possibility of amendment; in each division work is in common. Such a system depending entirely on the judgment of the governor of the jail seems difficult to carry out in practice.

(4) In the mitigated Pennsylvania system, the inmates are isolated in cells day and night; they are separated also in church, in school, and on the grounds, but they work at a lucrative trade, read books, are visited by members of the prison staff, are allowed to received their relations from time to time, and may write to them.

(5) The state reformatories are intended to provide rigorous training for prisoners between the ages of sixteen and thirty who give hope of being corrected; the indeterminate sentence is the basis and the paroling of prisoners the completion of this system. The model established is the Reformatory at Elmira (Aschrott, "Aus dem Strafen u. Gefängnisswesen Nordamerikas", 1889; Winter, "Die New-Yorker staatliche Besserungsanstalten zu Elmira", 1890; Yoon, "Rapport sur l'organisation pénitentiare aux Etats-Unis" in "Revue pénitentiare", 1895; Barrows, "The Reformatory System in the United States ";, Washington, Govt. Printing Office, 1900; Sanborn, "Rapport sur le Reformatory d'Elmira"; Cuche, op. cit., 358 sqq.). The committee of directors release, before the end of their term, those who deserve this favour. The convicts are isolated at night; and in the daytime receive a professional, physical, and intellectual training. Every opportunity is taken to provide for the moral and religious improvement of the culprits. It is not the object of the system to train the prisoners only at specified hours but rather to do so continually, by bringing them into constant contact with an intelligent and devoted staff of instructors, and thus gradually inspire better resolutions. A last characteristic of the system is the multiplication of classifications and gradations. The reward consists in being promoted from trade to grade, which results in an increase of comfort and a greater remuneration for manual work; the punishment in a corresponding descent. When he has been promoted to the first class or category, the convict, if his conduct during the preceding six months has been satisfactory, may be let out on parole. Generally a situation is found for him, and his employer sends in regularly an account of his conduct to the administration of the reformatory; certain officers are, moreover, appointed to watch over the paroled convicts and are authorized to arrest them and bring them back to the reformatory if their conduct is not satisfactory. This last stage of freedom on parole lasts six months, after which the prisoners are discharged from prison for good. (For treatment of juvenile offenders see JUVENILE COURTS.)

Great Britain

Captain Maconochie introduced about 1840 a special system called the progressive into the convict settlement of Norfolk Island. This system consisted in proportioning the duration of the punishment to the work done and the good conduct of the convict. The duration was represented by a certain figure or number of good marks settled according to the gravity of the crime. The culprit had to merit these good marks before being liberated; each day he was awarded one or more, according to his work; if his conduct was unsatisfactory a slight penalty was imposed. Maconochie thus gave the convict the control of his own lot. The results were marvellous. When transportation was abolished, England remained faithful to the idea of making imprisonment in a cell only a small part of the penalty, and of gradually preparing the convict to return to society when he had gained his complete freedom. This system comprises the following stages:

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  • The prisoner is at first confined to the cells for nine months.
  • He is then sent to one of the central public works prisons, Chatham, Dover, or Plymouth, where the Auburn regime is in force -- separation at night, work in common during the day. The culprits are divided into four classes, according to their work and conduct, by means of a system of marks, enabling them to reach a higher grade. Violation of discipline relegates them to a lower grade and even to the cells.
  • The third period is one of conditional liberty, the prisoner being liberated on a ticket-of-leave. In Ireland Walter Crofton devised an intermediate stage between the public jail and conditional liberty. To test the moral character of the convict and to see if he was fit for liberty, he was compelled to reside six months in the prison at Lusk, a prison without walls, bars, or bolts, where the culprits were employed as free workmen in agriculture or a trade. This intermediate state was abolished when Crofton's connection with the Irish prisons ceased.
  • The progressive system has been adopted in Hungary ; during the intermediate stage the prisoners are employed on farms. What characterizes the regime of penal servitude, in addition to its progressive organization, is the nature of the work imposed on the prisoners. In the second stage the prisoners are engaged only in public works. The jail at Wormwood-Scrubs was built entirely by convicts, as were the breakwater at Portsmouth and part of the docks at Chatham, etc. Prins (Science penale et droit positif, p. 445 sq. believes that the progressive regime, while not perfect, offers perhaps more scope than the purely cellular system, as it approaches more closely the normal conditions of life. The successive stages bring the convict nearer to liberty, and enable him to appreciate the advantages, the dangers, the meaning, and significance of freedom. The shops, where groups of prisoners work under the control of the authorities, accustom them to the conditions of free work. Riviere and Cuche, viewing the question from another standpoint, hold that if the common prison is only a preparatory school for recidivists, it still retains that character when it is imposed on a criminal who has just completed his stay in the cells. Persons who have caught a cold are not placed in a draught to fortify them against the draughts they must be exposed to later. At all events, what may have succeeded in one country or in the case of a particular race might produce evil results if applied elsewhere (Cuche, op. cit., 325). Belgium

    When a discussion arises among prison experts as to the merits and demerits of the cell, the typical example is always the Belgian cell says Cuche (cf. "Notice sur l'organisation des prisons en Belgique", Brussels, 1910). It is necessary, therefore, to study it in detail. The cellular regime is due to Ducpetiaux, Inspector-General of Prisons, who, in 1830, determined to put an end to the abuses of the penitentiary system in vogue in Belgium, and to place the criminal in a cell, compensating for the severity of the punishment by curtailing its duration. Although he soon had the satisfaction of seeing his plan succeed so far as to have cellular jail erected, it was only on 4 March, 1870, that cellular imprisonment was adopted by law. All penalties of deprivation of liberty are undergone under the regime of cellular isolation by day and night. The rule, however, admits of exceptions. The physical or mental condition of some prisoners will not allow the application or continuance of cellular discipline. Again the crowding of the cellular jails sometimes makes it necessary to allow the prisoners to be put together. Finally, those who are condemned to hard labour or perpetual imprisonment are isolated only during the first ten years in prison. At the expiration of that time, those condemned to a life sentence are allowed to choose either to continue their form of imprisonment or to be placed under ordinary discipline. From 1870 to 1909, 170 (76 per cent) selected to continue their cellular life, and 55 (24 per cent) choose the ordinary discipline.

    The cellular system as it exists in Belgium is considered at present the most practical, though criminologists and practical experts are far from agreeing on the advantages and inconveniences of the cell, except in the cases of short terms, when there is unanimity. "The real value of a penitential institution is in no way absolute", says Cuche (op. cit., p. 331); "we have merely to see if its advantages are considerably greater than its inconveniences; it must be remembered, too, that its merit is greatly increased when intelligent and devoted men are in charge of the establishment. If it be laid down as a principle that the prisoners shall be subjected to the cellular regime only as long as is judged proper by the physician who shall examine them on their admission and visit them regularly afterwards during the course of their punishment; if there be an official staff and a sufficient number of visitors to preserve the social element in each prisoner; finally if, in confining prisoners to their cells, due discrimination as to sex, age, and race is made, the evil results of prolonged isolation will in large measure disappear". M. Henri Joly ("Problèmes de science criminellel", Paris, 1910, pp. 195, 211), who visited the central prison of Louvain on three occasions, was very favourably impressed by the system; he recognized that an excellent programme is being carried out: the prisoner is separated as much as possible from his fellows, and brought into contact as far as possible with society properly so-called, with which he maintains the best relations; his only regrets are that there are so many prisoners and that conditional liberations are granted so rarely.

    Proportional and progressive reductions of the term of incarceration are granted. The rule in force reduces a sentence of 6 months to 4 months and 23 days; a year to 9 months and 12 days; 3 years to 2 years, 1 month, and 8 days; 5 years to 3 years, 5 months, and 10 days; 10 years to 6 years, 3 months, and 9 days; 20 years to 9 years, 9 months, and 12 days. The legislature not having provided cases in which the original sentence is between 20 and 25 years, a conditional liberation is granted to the prisoner when he would have been definitely liberated if he had been granted a reduction of 10-12 of the years over 20. Experience shows that a mathematical reduction, uniform in every case, ignoring the principle of the individualization of the penalty, does not meet the necessity of repression. The only result of the system is to weaken the effect of prison restraint and to liberate much too rapidly criminals unworthy of the favour (Prins, op. cit., 523 sqq.).

    The prisons are divided into two classes: central prisons, two in number, Louvain and Ghent ; secondary prisons, numbering twenty- seven. The central prison of Louvain, and all the secondary prisons, except two which are to be changed, are arranged with a view to complete separation night and day. The central prison of Ghent, erected towards the close of the eighteenth century, has eight divisions, only one of which has been arranged for cellular imprisonment by day and night; the others contain only night cells, the prisoners being assembled during the day. The central prisons receive only male convicts. There is no central prison for women, on account of the few crimes committed by women ; they are incarcerated in the secondary prisons. The central prison of Louvain receives those condemned to hard labour and seclusion, as well as prisoners sentenced to correctional imprisonment for more than five years. There is a special quarter in the central prison at Ghent for youthful convicts. The inmates are isolated in cells at night and work in common during the day. The law allows the courts and tribunals in sentencing an individual under the age of eighteen years completed to order him to remain at the disposal of the Government after the end of his term till he attains his majority : such persons are also sent to Ghent. However, those who on account of their youth, the moral conditions in which they are situated, or their previous conduct, do not deserve to be subjected to the more rigid discipline of the special quarters till their majority are sent to a philanthropic school. The secondary prisons, which with one exception have two distinct sections, one for men and one for women, are principally prisons for punishment; accused persons are detained there; they contain, moreover, different classes of inmates, such as those detained only temporarily, beggars and vagabonds awaiting transference to the mendicity institutions.

    The central administration of the prisons is under the control of the minister of justice. Connected with the central administration is the inspection department, divided into three sections: the first includes everything, except the accounting and construction departments; the second is engaged on the accounts; the third attends to buildings, improvements, and repairs. Besides the supervision of the inspectors, which embraces the prisons as a whole, there is permanent local supervision which, in each establishment, is confided to a commission, called the administrative commission. The members of this body, numbering three, six, or nine, according to the importance of the prison, are appointed by the king and selected preferably from the ranks of the clergy, physicians, manufacturers or merchants, engineers or architects. The royal procurator of the arrondissement , the burgomaster of the commune, and the military auditor, if there be one in the locality, are ex officio members. The commission participates in the work of reforming the lives of the condemned by visiting the cells as often as possible. It advises pardons and conditional liberation, and is consulted on the suggestions made by the governor. It is not a mere organ of control and consulting council; it participates in the working of the establishment, at least in the cases provided for by law, such as granting holidays to the staff, approving contracts, regulating the conditions relating to the work of the prisoners. The members of the staff of the central prison of Louvain may be taken as an example: a governor, two assistant governors, three Catholic chaplains, two Protestant chaplains, a Jewish chaplain, two teachers, two doctors, a druggist, two accountants, two store-keepers, five clerks, a head-warder, fifty guards, five assistant warders, and four inspectors of work. As the central Prison of Louvain contains about 600 ordinary cells, there are about twelve prisoners for each warder. The inspectors of work are employed exclusively to give professional instruction to the prisoners, and to supervise the work of the principal trades, shoemaking, tailoring, etc., as well as the repairing of the furniture and buildings. In five jails where the small number of female inmates requires only one wardress, the latter is a lay person. In all the others the supervision of the female prisoners is confined to nuns.

    The duty of the chaplains consists in presiding at religious exercises, and fulfilling the obligations of their ministry; religious instruction, administration of the sacraments, assistance to the dying. They go to the cells of their co-religionists unless the latter decline to receive them. The exercise of Catholic worship includes Mass and Benediction and also a moral and religious instruction on Sundays and feast days in the prison chapel. In the more important jails a spiritual retreat is given every year by an outside clergyman. Attendance at religious exercises is optional. Cuche remarks quite correctly that "for adults as for children, experience proves that religion is the best method of inculcating morality". This incontestable truth has been admitted by every prison expert in the neighbouring countries. Krohne declares that it is only by means of religion that we can hope through punishment to reform the criminal, which is the principal object of imprisonment. Kraus, in the "Handbuch d'Holtzendorff", gives an excellent refutation of the objection drawn from the liberty of conscience of the culprit. "Besides the moral influence of religion there is," adds Cuche, "the Divine service with its ceremonies, a fact often forgotten. In a prison, especially if it is cellular, assistance at Divine worship and singing of hymns, are excellent distractions, while they offer the prisoner an occasion for salutary reflection. In Germany choruses in four parts are sung in the evening. Krohne gives a simple and touching description of this ceremony. The same author recommends that each culprit should be given a hymn-book, as well as a New Testament, a Bible history, and a psalter. He even expresses the desire that the prisoner should be induced to purchase the hymn-book and the New Testament with his own money in order that he might keep them after his liberation."

    Conditional Liberation

    Prins remarks: "As the system of conditional condemnation allows the judges to exercise their discretion, and remit the penalty in the case of offenders for whom a warning seems sufficient, conditional liberation allows the administration to act similarly towards those in prison, and to decide who should remain in prison till the end of their term and who should be prepared for definitive liberation by a conditional liberation. This plan acts as a stimulus, since it holds out to well-conducted prisoners the possibility of having their term shortened; it acts too as a restraint, as the liberated convict recognizes that the favour may be withdrawn; it is a stage of the punishment since it prepares the prisoner for his definitive liberation." Conditional liberation has become an essential part of the penal system throughout the world. As there is anticipated liberation, when the culprit seems reformed before the end of the term to which he was sentenced, so it logically follows there should be a supplementary detention when the criminal at the expiration of his term does not appear to be reformed. Under such circumstances an indeterminate sentence is advocated (Cuche, "Traité de science et de législation pénitentiaires", 356-9). Some see in this theory the logical result of a repressive system having as its sole aim the moral reformation of the criminal; others consider it the logical result of the theory which considers the punishment as an act of social defence, the intensity of which is proportioned to the danger personified in the delinquent (cf. Prins, "Science penale et droit positif", 455). This writer (op. cit., 459 sqq.) does not favour the indeterminate sentence as a penalty properly so called imposed on a normal responsible culprit, because it is not in harmony with the principles of our public law, which endeavours in the matter of punishment to safeguard the liberty of every individual against arbitrary use of power, and because it is very complicated in practice; he admits, however, that it is different when there is question of subjecting to government control youthful offenders, beggars, and vagabonds, or in the case of degenerates, lunatics or weak-minded persons.

    Care of Liberated Criminals

    It is a duty of society to come to the aid of deserving liberated prisoners; for oftentimes they are not in a position to support themselves, and so fall again easily. Many societies have been established everywhere to assist and encourage liberated prisoners; their efforts should be directed especially towards youthful offenders. A new Central Association for the Aid of Discharged Prisoners was established in England early in 1911. While the association is an official body it combines and co-ordinates all the private philanthropic societies which in a disconnected way endeavoured to assist convicts on their discharge. Besides aiming to help the prisoner on his release more effectively than formerly, it aims to do away in most cases with the ticket-of-leave system. Persons discharged from penal servitude come under the cognizance and control of the central body. Representatives of the different societies are admitted to the convict prisons, and are thus enabled to divide the ground among the different agencies and to make a study of individual cases in time to deal with them on the release of the prisoners. On discharge from prison the convict keeps in touch with the society to which he belongs. Except in unsuitable cases police supervision is suspended so long as the convict behaves well and obeys the conditions imposed upon him by the central association, working through the particular society. If he misbehaves, or if, in the opinion of the authorities charged with his care, he is not sincere in his efforts to abstain from criminal courses, he may be returned to police control. But so long as he makes an honest endeavour to regain his position, guided and aided by the association, he is freed from direct contact with the police or from anything likely to obtrude his past upon the notice of his neighbors or employers.

    Prison-Reform Associations

    The international prison congresses have played an important part in prison reform. The first was held at Frankfort-on-the Main in 1846. The Congress of London (1872), in which twenty-two countries were represented by 100 delegates, led to the creation of an international prison commission. The last, the ninth quinquennial session of the International Prison Congress, was held in Washington in 1910. Twenty-two countries belonging to the association were represented by delegates as well as a number of countries not yet officially members, among them China, Japan, and Egypt. One of the principal achievements of the congress was the formal approval of the indeterminate sentence, a product of American developments. The congress also approved the centralization of control of all penal institutions, including local jails, and the useful employment of all inmates, whether merely detained for trial or sentenced for long terms; and it favoured the discreet use of the probation system, advocating central supervision of probation in each state. Considerable attention was paid also to the methods of criminal procedure suitable for children and minors. The Prisons' Society of Rhenish Prussia and Westphalia (founded in 1826); the Society of Officers of the German Prisons (founded in 1864); the German Juristentag (founded in 1867); the International union of Penal Law (founded in 1889); the Société générale des prisons in France, and the National Prison Congress of the United States , have likewise materially aided the work of prison reform.

    The following reforms among others have been warmly advocated:

    • The uniform repressive system should be differentiated into a system of education, a system of repression, and a system of preservation, and each of these should be in turn subdivided according to the various classes of delinquents. In particular there should be a good division of the culprits, and a social effort made to reform those who are susceptible of it.
    • Short sentences are undesirable, as they are likely neither to intimidate nor to educate.
    • The cellular system is by far the most preferable, so long as danger to the physical and mental well-being of the culprit is averted.
    • The prisoner's work should be both useful and productive; it should not be monotonous or wearisome; the criminal should be applied to work in which he will easily find occupation on his liberation; the kinds of work should be sufficiently varied to suit the natural aptitude of the various prisoners. State public work is preferable.
    • While enforcing as far as possible the individualization of the penalty, the progressive system should be introduced, as it leads up gradually to liberty, and prepares the culprit to enter again into society.
    • In the case of youthful offenders it is more than ever necessary to substitute education and protection for punishment (see Collard, "L' education protectrice de l'enfance en Prusse, La loi du 2 Juillet 1900 et son application", Louvain, 1908).
    • The treatment of women in prisons should be based on different principles from those applied to men.
    • In the case of conditional liberation the time of probation should be sufficiently prolonged.

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    Paschasius Radbertus, Saint

    Saint Paschasius Radbertus

    Theologian, b. at Soissons, 786; d. in the Monastery of Corbie, c. 860 (the date 865 is ...
    Paschasius, Saint

    St. Paschasius

    A deacon of the Roman Church about 500; died after 511. Almost all that is known of Paschasius ...
    Passaglia, Carlo

    Carlo Passaglia

    Born at Lucca, 9 May, 1812; died at Turin, 12 March, 1887. He entered the Society of Jesus in ...
    Passau

    Passau

    (PASSAVIENSIS) Located in Bavaria, suffragan of Munich-Freising, including within its ...
    Passerat, Joseph, Venerable

    Ven. Joseph Passerat

    Born 30 April, 1772, at Joinville, France ; died 30 October, 1858. The difficulties he had to ...
    Passignano, Domenico

    Domenico Passignano

    (known as IL CRESTI, or IL PASSIGNANO, Cresti being his family name) A Venetian painter, ...
    Passion Music

    Passion Music

    Precisely when, in the development of the liturgy, the history of the Passion of Our Lord ...
    Passion of Christ, Commemoration of the

    Commemoration of the Passion of Christ

    A feast kept on the Tuesday after Sexagesima. Its object is the devout remembrance and honour ...
    Passion of Jesus Christ

    The Passion of Christ

    See also THE PASSION OF CHRIST IN THE GOSPELS . The sufferings of Our Lord, which culminated ...
    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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