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Lessons from South America: How to greet and understand Pope Francis

People make special preparations for welcoming a special guest, and watching what worked and did not work in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay may help people prepa…

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17 Oct 2014 Q&A Comments (2)

Did the Church move the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday?

Catholics do not worship on the Sabbath which is the last day of the week according to Jewish teaching, when God rested from work after creation (Gen. 2:2-3). W…

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29 Jul 2016 Q&A Comments (4)

When Jesus mentioned the "one flock, one shepherd," was he referring to the Catholic Church alone?

Full Question In John 10:16 Jesus says "I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must lead them too, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be …

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18 Jul 2015 Articles Comments (2)

Grief: Does It Ever End?

“It is suffering, more than anything else, which clears the way for the grace which transforms human souls.” —St. John Paul II In August 2009 my two older s…

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05 Aug 2016 News Comments (1)

New claimant to Boko Haram leadership has pledged to ‘blow up every church we can’

New Boko Haram leader announced, with new threats aimed at Christians An Islamist named by ISIS as the new leader of Boko Haram has pledged to blow up every ch…

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19 Nov 2014 Q&A No comments

What are the pains of purgatory?

Full Question What are the pains of purgatory? Answer While the nature of the punishment of the cleansing fire of purgatory is not a defined doct…

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30 Aug 2016 Uncategorized No comments

Prosecutor undecided on death penalty after killing of nuns

The nuns' order has said it opposes the death penalty and said the sisters' murders do 'not demand revenge' A Mississippi prosecutor said she hasn’t decided wh…

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17 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (2)

If I married a non-baptized person in a civil wedding, do I need an annulment to remarry?

Full Question My first wife and I were married by the justice of the peace. I was baptized in a Baptist church, but she was not baptized at all. Do I have …

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24 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

Be shepherds concerned only for God and others, Pope tells US bishops

Pope Francis met the US bishops in Washington's Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle Acknowledging the real challenges and burdens the US bishops face in thei…

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Can I do anything to stop parishes offices being built in a church narthex?

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Our new pastor wants to put the parish offices next to the narthex of the Church. It seems to me that business will be done within the church. Is there anything that I can do to stop this?


The narthex, or vestibule, is not in the church proper. I don’t think you have much of an argument, certainly not as far as Church directives are concerned. I gave a mission in Canada, where it rains a lot. The vestibule is quite large and opens into the parish hall and kitchen, meeting rooms, the parish office and the priests’ offices. People can also just wait there until their ride arrives—all this without getting soaked. It was great!


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