What is the process of the Church approving a Marian apparition?
The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published it guidelines for Marian apparitions in the document entitled : Norms regarding the manner of proceeding in the discernment of presumed apparitions or revelations
The Vatican's "Norms regarding the manner of proceedings in the ...
The traditional answer is that Luke gives Mary's ancestry, while Matthew gives Joseph's.
Traditional Christian scholars (starting with Africanus and Eusebius) have put forward various theories that seek to explain why the lineages are so different, such as that Matthew's account follows the lineage of Joseph, while Luke's follows the lineage of Mary.
Is Luke 3 the genealogy of Joseph? In a word, no.
That Matthew's Gospel gives an account of Joseph's genealogy as is clear:
And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ (Matthew 1:16).
The Old Testament tells us that the Messiah will be a descendant of David:
I will set up your seed after you, who will ...
We know for sure that the criminal crucified next to Jesus is in heaven, as Jesus himself told him:
Jesus answered him, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise."
We should be sure St. Paul is in heaven too, as he declared:
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on ...
Is then, according to Catholicism, heaven filled, besides angels, with the saints and the Virgin Mary?
There is still room in heaven for many more saints. I will let Blessed Catherine Emmerich answer for me through her revelations.
Man was created to fill the choirs of the fallen angels. Were it not for the Fall of Adam, the human race would have ...
Yes, there are people in heaven.
Some, who were born before Christ's resurrection are:
2 Kings 2:1-12
“And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind…And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan….And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked,...