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limbo,

in Roman Catholic theology, an afterlife realm between heaven and hell where there is no punishment but where souls are denied the presence of God. Never part of Catholic dogma, the concept of limbo was developed during the Middle Ages, and came to be seen as two places. One was the home of the souls of Old Testament patriarchs who were liberated by Jesus after the Resurrection; the other contained the souls of babies who never were baptized and freed from original sin. Considered unenlightened by many in the modern Church, the concept was dropped from the official catechism in 1992. In 2004 Pope John Paul II appointed a commission to study limbo, and in 2007 it issued its findings. Signed by Pope Benedict XVI, the report largely repudiated the idea of limbo, stating that it reflected a "restrictive view of salvation" and that it is reasonable to hope that the souls of unbaptized infants are admitted to heaven by a merciful God.

limbo

place or condition of neglect and inattention (from Dante). [Western Folklore: Espy, 124]

limbo

1
Christianity the supposed abode of infants dying without baptism and the just who died before Christ

limbo

2
a Caribbean dance in which dancers pass, while leaning backwards, under a bar
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Having taken his new live show, which is called Limboland, to Australia and New Zealand, he then put a tentative toe in the northern hemisphere with performances in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Commenting on the gig, the former Black Books star, 51, said: "I always have a great time in Dublin and had to bring my new Limboland show to the Olympia Theatre.
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uk Bill Bailey: Have a laugh with the come-| |dian as he brings his brand new Limboland tour to St David's Hall in Cardiff on October 28 and 29.
They are finding it difficult to progress because they are in limboland.
Norton Priory, today and tomorrow, 11am - 4pm Bill Bailey: Limboland Bill Bailey returns to Liverpool Philharmonic with his brand new live show, Limboland - the gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are.
He quickly worked out that the puzzling card that had been in postal limboland for more than 25 years and was intended for the previous householder's young granddaughter, Nia, who would now be an adult.
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