Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

BAMBINO

A figure of the Infant Jesus, usually of wax, represented as in the Crib at Bethlehem. It is exposed in Catholic churches from Christmas to epiphany. This devotion owes its origin in the thirteenth century to St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226). A jeweled wooden figure of the Divine Infant, "Santissimo Bambino," is in the Franciscan Church of Ara Coeli in Rome. Brought from the Holy Land, it is carried in procession on Christmas and Epiphany and is reputed to have miraculous powers.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Politics and Religion 13 hours ago
Why secular liberals can't tolerate Kim Davis 15 hours ago
Our votes belong to God. 16 hours ago
Hey! Pope Francis just dropped a strong hint about the Kasper proposal. 16 hours ago
The dispensations of the Jubilee Year are a two-edged sword. 18 hours ago

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: SSPX priests will licitly and validly absolve sins during Jubilee of Mercy CWN - September 1