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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
THE SYMBOLIC MEANING
OF THE DOVE.

Q. 1. What is the meaning of the Dove that is frequently found in Catholic liturgy, on the ornaments, in pictures, etc..?

A. 1. In the Catholic Church, the Dove is the universal symbol of the Holy Spirit as described in all four Gospels. (See Matthew 3:15, Mark 1:10, Luke 3:21-22 and John 1:32.) The Dove frequently represents the Sacrament of Baptism.

In truth, it can be said that God sent His Spirit in the form of a Dove to gather mankind into His Church.

While a white Dove is the symbol of the Holy Ghost, a Dove with an olive branch is a symbol of peace all over the world. It also symbolizes God's grace.

In the story of Noah, the return of the Dove with an olive branch is a symbol of God's forgiveness.



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