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+Father René Laurentin, 99

September 12, 2017

Father René Laurentin, a prominent Mariologist who served as a peritus at the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), died on September 10 at the age of 99.

A student of neo-Thomist philosopher Jacques Maritain, Father Laurentin studied at the Sorbonne and was ordained to the priesthood in 1946. His works include The Meaning of Consecration Today: A Marian Model for a Secularized Age and biographies of St. Bernadette Soubirous and St. Catherine Labouré.


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Sep. 21, 2017 6:00 AM ET USA

    One of the best writers of all time on the subject of Mary, the mother of Christ. His "A Short Treatise on the Virgin Mary" is a masterpiece. May he rest in the peace of God's mercy.