Religion: Immaculate Conception Church

Because the first Archbishop of New York witnessed the public definition 76 years ago of the Roman Catholic dogma of the Immaculate Conception, the present Archbishop of New York last week presided over a solemn high mass of thanksgiving.

Archbishop John Hughes (1797-1864)* was in Rome on Dec. 8, 1854 when Pope Pius IX proclaimed the new dogma and instructed Catholics to believe ''that the Blessed Virgin Mary, from the first instant of her conception, was, by a most singular grace and privilege of Almighty God,...

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