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Purgatory. The Law of Prayer

Le purgatoire. La loi de la prière
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NRT 140/3 (2018) p. 406-421
The prayer for the faithful departed and the penitential discipline are at the foundation of the Church's statement of faith on purgatory. Recalling the history of the dogmatic formulation, the article calls to prayer and mystical figures (Catherine of Genoa, Mary of the Incarnation, Therese of Lisieux) to explain how purgatory is a privileged expression of Christian hope as it is mentioned in Benedict XVI's encyclical Spe salvi.
Keywords : Lex orandi | sacrament of penance | purgatory | purifying suffering | heaven | communion of saints

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