Mother of the Church

In Roman Catholic Mariology, Mother of the Church (Latin: Mater Ecclesiae) is a title officially given to Mary by Pope Paul VI. The title was first used in the 4th century by Saint Ambrose of Milan, as rediscovered by Hugo Rahner.[1] It was also used by Pope Benedict XIV in 1748[2] and then by Pope Leo XIII in 1885.[3] Pope John Paul II placed it in the Catechism of the Catholic Church[4] and Pope Francis added a feast by this title into the Roman Calendar.[5]

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  2. ^ Bullarium Romanum,series 2, t. 2, n. 61, p. 428
  3. ^ Acta Leonis XIII, 15, 302
  4. ^ "Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church." Catechism item 963 at the Vatican web site
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