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500. Against this doctrine the objection is sometimes raised that the Bible mentions brothers and sisters of Jesus. The Church has always understood these passages as not referring to other children of the Virgin Mary. In fact James and Joseph, “brothers of Jesus”, are the sons of another Mary, a disciple of Christ, whom St. Matthew significantly calls “the other Mary”. They are close relations of Jesus, according to an Old Testament expression.


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

353. What forms of popular piety accompany the sacramental life of the Church?

588. What does “Hallowed be thy Name” mean?

322. What is the sacrament of Holy Orders?

69. How do the soul and body form a unity in the human being?

305. When is a person obliged to confess mortal sins?

362. What is eternal happiness?

269. Who can receive this sacrament?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

What is the importance of persevering in the faith, according to 2 John 1:8?

How important is courage and boldness according to Proverbs 28:1?

What does the Bible say about the need to forgive, according to Colossians 3:13?

What is the main message of Jonah’s story and how does it reveal God’s grace?

What is the role of God’s people in promoting social justice, according to Amos 5:24?

What is the message behind the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican?

What lessons can we learn from Haman’s fall in Esther 7:7-8?