Episode 147

In 1846, eight years before the dogma was solemnly defined by Pope Pius IX, the bishops of the United States declared the Immaculate Conception to be the Patroness of the United States of America. Since the earliest days of the Church, Catholics have believed that Mary was preserved from Original Sin from the moment of her conception. When Christopher Columbus came over, his flagship was named in honor of the Immaculate Conception. A few American bishops had devotions to the Immaculate Conception. And since that time, many cathedrals and parish churches, plus the massive shrine in Washington, DC, have been dedicated in honor of the Immaculate Conception.

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