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The Immaculate Conception refers to the preservation of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the stain of Original Sin from the first moment of her conception...

"The Immaculate Conception means the Blessed Virgin's own exclusive privilege of coming into existence, through the merits of Jesus Christ, without the stain of original sin. It does not mean, therefore, her sinless life, perpetual virginity or the miraculous conception of Our Divine Lord by the power of the Holy Ghost." (Baltimore Catechism)

Note that Catholics are required to believe in the Immaculate Conception of Mary as it is a defined dogma of the faith. According to the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus...

"[The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception] must be firmly and constantly held by all the faithful. If, therefore, any shall obstinately maintain a contrary opinion to that which We have defined (God forbid that they do so), let them fully realize that they stand condemned by their own judgment, that they have made a shipwreck of their faith, that they have departed from union with the Church."

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is on December 8, which is a Holy Day Of Obligation.

Note: The dogma of the Immaculate Conception was defined by Pope Pius IX in the above referenced document (Ineffabilis Deus) on 12/8/1854. To read this document, click here.


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