What Catholics and Muslims have in common

Today is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Interesting fact: four years after this dogma was formally defined, Bernadette Soubirous claimed to see an apparition at Lourdes: a beautiful woman who said, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” It was unlikely the 14-year-old Bernadette had heard of the term, which helped her credibility. If our Lady did say this at Lourdes – and the Church has declared the apparition worthy of belief – we have a heavenly vindication not only of this dogma, but of papal authority. The dogma of the Immaculate Conception was an old one, and Our Lady...

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