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Catholics celebrate All Saints’ Day this Wednesday (November 1st). The date was established to honor those who, according to Catholic doctrine, had a holy life and were canonized by the church. There are around 20 thousand men and women who have been recognized as saints by the Catholic Church.
The celebration of the Solemnity of All Saints takes place after the Halloween Day (October 31st) and before All Souls’ Day, remembered this Thursday (2 November). In the Archdiocese of Belo Horizonte, celebrations will follow the mass schedule of each parish. Celebrations are intensified on All Souls’ Daywith religious rites performed in cemeteries.
The Solemnity will also be celebrated next Sunday (November 5). For greater participation by the faithful, Catholic religious celebrations that take place during weekdays are transferred to the following Sunday.
“Regardless of the date, the Church preserves this tradition that also celebrates the communion of saints and their connection with humans who are still on earth”, explains the catechism of the Catholic Church, a document that brings together doctrine guidelines.
The celebration of All Saints’ Day was established by Pope Boniface IV, on May 13, 609. According to the catechism of the Catholic Church, the date was established as a way of “commemorating all men and women who have already achieved the eternal glory.” In 1475, the celebration was transferred to November 1st, by Pope Schisto IV.
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