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As Jecko comments, true Catholic tradition is more than its catechism. I am unaware of a novena that fits this description, but traditions do change and it may, for example, have been a Catholic tradition with Church approval when your priest was a young man. It is hard to imagine an ordained priest inventing something like this. Also, perhaps the claims ...


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Yes; Catholicism teaches that Joseph and Mary had a true marriage. In the first place, consummation is not required for a marriage to be valid in the Catholic Church. What is necessary is (more or less) that the man and woman vow to be with each other, as one, forever; and that they intend to be together for the purpose of having and raising children. In ...


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They would be considered at least in the first stages of marriage. Which is not like an engagement, but the first part of a two step process to become fully married (but just the first step means that you're married). To directly answer your question, they were married - a true marriage. However I assume that the Catholic church believes that the second ...


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Mary's blessedness is not from her being but from her belief (cf. Luke 1:45; Luke 1:48). 45And blessed is she who believed that there would beg a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” 46And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has looked on the humble estate of his ...



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