Imaculada Conceição
: dogma e crença portuguesa

  • João Diogo Martins Mendes (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This work intends to present a research about the figure of Mary and the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. It also aims to relate and see the connection between Portugal and the Immaculate Conception.This work consists of three chapters: The first chapter presents the biblical passages that support the dogma, as well as the way in which the Eva-Mary parallelism has developed in the Church Fathers and as some writers, up to the XI century, exalted the idea of the purity and holiness of Mary. In this period, an implicit belief in the doctrine of the Immaculate One can be seen, and from the Council of Ephesus onwards, the first steps of an explicit belief began to be taken. In the second chapter, from the XII century on, we see the transition to an explicit faith in the immaculate conception of Mary. From this period onwards, the understanding of this truth was deepened, either through the teaching of theologians or through the teachings of the Popes and the Magisterium, until reaching the dogmatic proclamation by Pius IX, in 1854.In the last chapter, Portugal's relationship with the Immaculate Conception is presented. One begins by understanding how devotion to the Virgin Mary, especially to her Immaculate Conception, was taking root in the Portuguese nation, until reaching the election of Nossa Senhora da Conceição as Queen and Patroness of Portugal, in 1646. The last part of the chapter mentions the way in which the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception was received in Portugal and the commemorative monument that was built on the hill of Sameiro.
Date of Award29 Nov 2021
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorJosé Paulo Leite de Abreu (Supervisor)


  • Mary
  • Immaculate Conception
  • Dogma
  • History
  • Portugal


  • Mestrado Integrado em Teologia

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