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Jacob - The son of Isaac and Rebecca, third great patriarch of the chosen people, and the immediate ancestor of the twelve tribes of Israel
Jacopone da Todi - More properly called Jacopo Benedetti. Biographical article on the lawyer, widower, Franciscan poet sympathetic to the Spirituals, who died about 1306
Jainism - A form of religion intermediate between Brahminism and Buddhism, originated in India in pre-Christian times
Jamaica - The largest of the British West Indian islands, situated in the Caribbean Sea
James, Epistle of Saint - The author is commonly identified with the Lord's brother, the Bishop of Jerusalem; the view that the Lord's brother must be identified with James, the son of Alpheus, is by far the most probable
James the Greater, Saint - What can be known of St. James, son of Zebedee and brother of John, from Scripture. Also discusses the tradition that St. James preached in Spain and that his body was translated to Compostela
James the Less, Saint - Identifies James the Less with James the Apostle, son of Alpheus, and with James the brother of the Lord
James Thompson, Blessed - Also called James Hudson. Priest who was imprisoned and then martyred at York in 1582
Jane Frances de Chantal, Saint - Biography of the widowed baroness, mother, founder of the Congregation of the Visitation, who died in 1641
Jansenius and Jansenism - The subject of this article lived three-quarters of a century later than his namesake. He was born 28 October, 1585, of a Catholic family, in the village of Accoi, near Leerdam, Holland; died at Ypres, 6 May, 1638
Janssen, Arnold - Short biography of the founder of the Society of the Divine Word
Januarius, Saint - Bishop of Beneventum, martyr, believed to have died in the Diocletian persecution, c. 305. Article has a lengthy discussion of the liquefaction of the saint's blood
Japan - Called in the language of the country Nihon or Nippon (Land of the Rising Sun), and Dai Nihon or Dai Nippon (Great Japan), situated north-west of the Pacific Ocean and east of the Asiatic continent
Japanese Martyrs - The most famous of the Japanese martyrs are the twenty-six who were crucified in Nagasaki in 1597, but thousands of other Japanese died for the faith between 1560 and 1860
Jealousy - Taken to be synonymous with envy
Jean Eudes, Blessed - French missionary, religious founder, writer, d. 1680
Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, Saint - The Cure of Ars, d. 1869
Jeanne de Valois, Saint - Biography of St. Jeanne, also known as Jehanne de France or Jane of Valois, queen, founder of the Annonciades. She died in 1505
Jehoshaphat, Valley of - Mentioned in only one passage of the Bible (Joel, iii-Heb. text, iv)
Jehovah - Proper name of God in the Old Testament
Jeremiah the Prophet - Background information on his era. His life and mission. Analysis of the Biblical book which bears his name
Jeroboam - Name of two Israelitish kings
Jerome, Saint - Lengthy article on the life and works of St. Jerome
Jerome Emiliani, Saint - Soldier, priest, founder of the Order of Somascha, d. 1537
Jerusalem (Before A.D. 71) - This article deals with the destruction by the Romans after it had become the scene of the Redemption
Jerusalem (71-1099) - History in several periods to the first crusade
Jerusalem, Latin Kingdom of (1099-1291) - Founded as a result of the First Crusade, in 1099. Destroyed a first time by Saladin in 1187, it was re-established around Saint-Jean d'Acre and maintained until the capture of that city in 1291
Jerusalem (After 1291) - The Latin dominion over Jerusalem really came to an end on 2 October, 1187, when the city opened its gates to Saladin (Yusuf ibn Ayyub, Salah-ed-din, Emir of Egypt, 1169-93); although fragments of the Latin kingdom in Palestine lasted into another century
Jesuits, The - Comprehensive information about the past of the Jesuit order
Jesuit Apologetic - The accusations brought against the Society have been exceptional for their frequency and fierceness
Jesuits, Distinguished - A list without details of the Jesuits. Does include links to articles when there is one about the person
Jesuits, History of the (pre-1750) - Includes details of activities in various countries
Jesuits, Suppression of the (1750-1773) - The most difficult part of the history of the Society
Jesuits, History of the (1814-1912) - Pius VII had resolved to restore the Society during his captivity in France; and after his return to Rome he did so with little delay
Jesuit's Bark - On account of its alkaloids, is the most celebrated specific remedy for all forms of malaria
Jesus Christ - The incarnate Son of God and the redeemer of the human race
Jesus Christ, Character of - The surpassing eminence of the character of Jesus has been acknowledged by men of the most varied type
Jesus Christ, Chronology of the Life of - Includes absolute and relative chronologies
Jesus Christ, Devotion to the Heart of - Description, spiritual significance, and historical background of devotion to the Sacred Heart
Jesus Christ, Early Historical Documents on - Divided into three classes: pagan sources, Jewish sources, and Christian sources
Jesus Christ, Genealogy of - Offers the genealogy according to Saint Matthew and Saint Luke
Jesus Christ, Holy Name of - Reverence for the name of Jesus is not optional for believers. Article highlights the Scriptural reasons, and describes some customary ways of showing reverence
Jesus Christ, Knowledge of - 'Knowledge of Jesus Christ,' as used in this article, does not mean a summary of what we know about Jesus Christ, but a survey of the intellectual endowment of Christ
Jesus Christ, Origin of the Name of - Article examines the name Jesus and Christ separately
Jesus Christ, Resurrection of - Resurrection is the rising again from the dead, the resumption of life
Jesus, The Society of - Comprehensive information about the past of the Jesuit order
Jewish Calendar - Details include days, weeks, months, years, and eras
Jewish Tribe - The earlier Hebrew term rendered in English versions by the word 'tribe' is shebet, while the term matteh, prevails in the post-exilic writings
Jews (as a Religion) - Judaism designates the religious communion which survived the destruction of the Jewish nation by the Assyrians and the Babylonians
Jews, History of the - Of the two terms, Jews and Judaism, the former denotes usually the Israelites or descendants of Jacob (Israel) in contrast to Gentile races; the latter, the creed and worship of the Jews in contrast to Christianity and others
Jezabel - Wife of Achab, King of Israel
Joachim, Saint - According to apocryphal literature, the father of Mary
Joachim of Flora - Article on this Cistercian abbot, mystic, regarded as a prophet, d. 1202
Joan, Popess - The fable about a female pope, who afterwards bore the name of Johanna (Joan), is first noticed in the middle of the thirteenth century
Joan of Arc, Saint - Her brief life, her trial and death, swift rehabilitation, and her beatification in 1909
Job - One of the books of the Old Testament, and the chief personage in it
Joel - Profile of the Old Testament prophet and analysis of the book bearing his name
Jogues, Saint Isaac - French Jesuit missionary to Canada, martyred in 1646
John I, Pope Saint - A Tuscan, was warmly received in Constantinople, but upon his return to Rome, was imprisoned by King Theodoric. Pope John died in prison in 526
John II, Pope - A Roman and the son of Projectus; if not born in the second region (Coelimontium) he had at least been a priest of St. Clement's Basilica
John III, Pope - A Roman surnamed Catelinus, d. 13 July, 574
John IV, Pope - A native of Dalmatia, and the son of the scholasticus (advocate) Venantius
John V, Pope - A Syrian whose father was one Cyriacus; when he was born is not known; d. 2 August, 686
John VI, Pope - A Greek, the date of whose birth is unknown; d. 11 January, 705
John VII, Pope - Reigned 705-707
John VIII, Pope - Reigned 872-82
John IX, Pope - Reigned 898-900
John X, Pope - Born at Tossignano, Romagna; enthroned, 914; died at Rome, 928
John XI, Pope - Reigned 931-935
John XII, Pope - Date of birth unknown; reigned 955-64
John XIII, Pope - Date of birth unknown; enthroned on 1 Oct., 965; d. 6 Sept., 972
John XIV, Pope - After the death of Benedict VII, Bishop Peter Campanora of Pavia, earlier imperial chancellor of Italy, was elected pope with the consent of Emperor Otto II, and took the name of John
John XV (XVI), Pope - Enthroned 985; d. April, 996
John XVI (XVII) - Antipope 997-998; d. probably in 1013
John XVII (XVIII), Pope - Date of birth unknown; d. 6 Nov., 1003
John XVIII (XIX), Pope - Successor of John XVII, consecrated Christmas, 1003; d. June, 1009
John XIX (XX), Pope - Enthroned in 1024; d. 1032
John XXI (XX), Pope - Born at Lisbon between 1210 and 1220; enthroned, 1276; died at Viterbo, 20 May, 1277
John XXII, Pope - Born at Cahors in 1249; enthroned, 5 September, 1316; died at Avignon, 4 December, 1334
John XXIII - Antipope (1370-1419)
John, Epistles of - Three canonical books of the New Testament written by the Apostle St. John
John, Gospel of - According to the traditional order, the Gospel of St. John occupies the last place among the four canonical Gospels
John and Paul, Saints - Roman martyrs, c. 362
John Baptist de la Salle, Saint - Essay on the founder of the Christian Brothers
John Berchmans, Saint - Biography of this Jesuit, always pious, who died in 1621 at the age of 22
John Bosco, Saint - Commonly called Don Bosco or John Bosco. Founder of the Salesians, d. 1888
John Capistran, Saint - Lawyer, governor, ambassador, became a Franciscan priest and a renowned preacher, died in 1456
John Chrysostom, Saint - Long biographical article on this bishop and Doctor of the Church
John Damascene, Saint - Lengthy biographical article on the last of the Greek Fathers
John Fisher, Saint - Cardinal, Bishop of Rochester, martyr, d. 1535
John Francis Regis, Saint - Jesuit priest and missionary, d. 1640
John Nepomucene, Saint - Biography of the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Prague, who was tortured and then thrown into the Moldau and drowned, by order of King Wenceslaus IV, in 1393
John of God, Saint - Portuguese shepherd, soldier, bookseller, finally found his niche caring for the health of the poor in Granada, became de facto founder of a religious order, d. 1550
John of the Cross, Saint - Article on the life and teaching of this Discalced Carmelite associated with St. Teresa of Avila. Mystic, Doctor of the Church, d. 1591
John the Baptist, Saint - Lengthy article on the Precursor
John the Evangelist, Saint - Brother of James and son of Zebedee
John the Faster - Patriarch of Constantinople (John IV, 582-595), famous chiefly through his assumption of the title 'ecumenical patriarch'; d. 2 September, 595
Joliet, Louis - A discoverer and the son of a wagon-maker, was born at Quebec, Canada, on 21 September 1645; d. in Canada, May 1700
Jonah - The fifth of the Minor Prophets. Article takes a look at the Book of Jonah
Jonas - The fifth of the Minor Prophets. Article takes a look at the Book of Jonah
Jordan, The - Formed at a point about five and a half miles below Banias, by the junction of three streams, the Jordan enters Lake Huleh about nine and a third miles lower down
Josaphat and Barlaam - Main characters of a seventh-century Christian legend. Barlaam, a hermit, converted the prince Josaphat to Christianity, despite the efforts of Josaphat's father Abenner to prevent such a thing. Although Barlaam and Josaphat are included in the Roman Martyrology and in the Greek calendar, the story is actually a Christianized version of a legend about Buddha
Josaphat Kuncevyc, Saint - Lithuanian-born Basilian monk and Ruthenian Rite archbishop of Polotsk, writer. He loved to make profound bows while reciting the Jesus Prayer. Martyred in 1623
Joseph, Saint - Information on the entire life of St. Joseph
Joseph - The eleventh son of Jacob, the firstborn of Rachel, and the immediate ancestor of the tribes of Manasses and Ephraim
Joseph Calasanctius, Saint - Priest, founder of the Piarists, d. 1648
Joseph of Arimathea - All that is known for certain concerning him is derived from the canonical Gospels
Joseph of Cupertino, Saint - Mystic from a very young age, priest, d. 1663. Biographical article
Joseph II - German Emperor (reigned 1765-90), of the House of Hapsburg-Lorraine, son and successor of Maria Theresa and Francis I
Joseph, Sisters of Saint - Founded at Le Puy, in Velay, France, by the Rev. Jean-Paul Medaille of the Society of Jesus
Josephus, Flavius - Jewish historian, born A.D. 37, at Jerusalem; died about 101
Joshua - The name of eight persons in the Old Testament, and of one of the Sacred Books
Josias - A pious King of Juda (639-608 B.C.), who ascended the throne when he was only eight years of age. He was the son of Amon and the grandson of Manasses
Josue - The name of eight persons in the Old Testament, and of one of the Sacred Books
Jovianus, Flavius Claudius - Roman Emperor, 363-4
Jubilee, Holy Year of - Background information relating to the Jubilee
Jubilee, Year of (Hebrew) - According to the Pentateuchal legislation contained in Leviticus, a Jubilee year is the year that follows immediately seven successive Sabbatic years (the Sabbatic year being the seventh year of a seven-year cycle)
Jubilees, Book of - An apocryphal writing, so called from the fact that the narratives and stories contained in it are arranged throughout in a fanciful chronological system of jubilee-periods of forty-nine years each; each event is recorded as having taken place in such a week of such a month of such a Jubilee year
Juda - The name of one of the Patriarchs, the name of the tribe reputed to be descended from him, the name of the territory occupied by the same, and also the name of several persons mentioned in the Old Testament
Judaism - Judaism designates the religious communion which survived the destruction of the Jewish nation by the Assyrians and the Babylonians
Judaizers - A party of Jewish Christians in the Early Church, who either held that circumcision and the observance of the Mosaic Law were necessary for salvation and in consequence wished to impose them on the Gentile converts, or who at least considered them as still obligatory on the Jewish Christians
Judas Iscariot - The Apostle who betrayed Jesus
Judas Machabeus - Third son of the priest Mathathias who with his family was the centre and soul of the patriotic and religious revolt of the Jews against the King of Syria (I Mach., ii, 4)
Jude, Epistle of Saint - One of the so-called antilegomena; but, although its canonicity has been questioned in several Churches, its genuineness has never been denied
Judea - It designates the part of Palestine adjacent to Jerusalem and inhabited by the Jewish community after their return from captivity
Judges, The Book of - The seventh book of the Old Testament, second of the Early Prophets of the Hebrew canon
Judgment, Divine - Divine judgment (judicium divinum), as an immanent act of God, denotes the action of God's retributive justice by which the destiny of rational creatures is decided according to their merits and demerits
Judgment, General - To it the prophets of the Old Testament refer when they speak of the 'Day of the Lord' (Joel 2:31; Ezekiel 13:5; Isaiah 2:12), in which the nations will be summoned to judgment. In the New Testament the second Parusia, or coming of Christ as Judge of the world, is an oft-repeated doctrine
Judgment, Last - To it the prophets of the Old Testament refer when they speak of the 'Day of the Lord' (Joel 2:31; Ezekiel 13:5; Isaiah 2:12), in which the nations will be summoned to judgment. In the New Testament the second Parusia, or coming of Christ as Judge of the world, is an oft-repeated doctrine
Judgment, Particular - The Catholic doctrine of the particular judgment is this: that immediately after death the eternal destiny of each separated soul is decided by the just judgment of God
Judith, Book of - The book exists in distinct Greek and Latin versions, of which the former contains at least eighty-four verses more than the later
Juliana, Saint - Martyred in the Diocletian persecution. The oldest notice says that she died near Naples; the notion that she lived in Nicomedia is strictly legendary
Juliana Falconieri, Saint - Niece of St. Alexis Falconieri. She founded the Servite Third Order, and died in 1341
Juliana of Norwich - Biographical article on this fourteenth-century English anchoress, mystic, author. By Edmund Gardner
Julian the Apostate - Roman emperor 361-63, b. at Constantinople in 331, d. 26 June, 363, son of Julius Constantius, the half-brother of Constantine the Great
Julia Billiart, Saint - Biographical article on the founder of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She died in 1816
Julie Billiart, Saint - Biographical article on the founder of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She died in 1816
Julius I, Pope Saint - A Roman, anti-Arian, supporter of St. Athanasius. Julius died in 352
Julius II, Pope - Born on 5 December, 1443, at Albissola near Savona; crowned on 28 November, 1503; died at Rome, in the night of 20-21 February, 1513
Julius III, Pope - Born at Rome, 10 September, 1487; died there, 23 March, 1555
Julius Africanus - The father of Christian chronography
Junípero Serra - Biography of the famed Franciscan priest, missionary to Mexico and California, who died in 1784
Jurisdiction, Ecclesiastical - The right to guide and rule the Church of God
Justice - In its ordinary and proper sense, signifiies the most important of the cardinal virtues
Justification - A biblio-ecclesiastical term; which denotes the transforming of the sinner from the state of unrighteousness to the state of holiness and sonship of God
Justinian I - Roman Emperor (527-65)
Justin Martyr, Saint - Lengthy article on the life and teachings of the apologist
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