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This chapter considers the nature and development of Mariology—the theology of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God—within the context of the Church understood as the communion of saints. The chapter begins by detailing the gradual unfolding of Marian theology and devotion in the Church from the New Testament until the sixteenth century. The development and proclamation of the dogmas of the immaculate conception and of the assumption are then studied. Treatment of Mary and the Church is followed by discussion of the theology of sainthood. The chapter ends with reference to Vatican II’s emphasis on Mary’s role within the Church.
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