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"MITIS IUDEX DOMINUS IESUS" The Newly Reformed Guide to the Canonical Process for Declaration of Nullity of Marriage in the…


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Marriage – between a man and a woman – is under attack, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis told couples to defend God's design for the family as the union of a man and woman for the procreation of children, and urged them to be merciful t…

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Pope sends letter of condolence to family of James Foley

Vatican City, Aug 25, 2014 / 07:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter sent to the family of a U.S. journalist killed by ISIS last week, Pope Francis assured his c…

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On Mother Teresa’s feast day, cardinal praises her defence of the unborn

Cardinal Pietro Parolin said St Teresa would not bow before 'the fashions or idols of the moment' Love for those society considers “useless” or even a bother l…

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03 Jun 2015 Articles Q&A Comments (1)

What are the Church’s guidelines concerning genuflecting during Mass?

ISSUE: What are the Church’s guidelines concerning genuflecting during Mass? What other guidelines does the Church provide regarding reverence toward the Blesse…

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05 Oct 2015 News Vatican No comments

Pope opens Synod of Bishops with call to blend tradition with mercy

Pope Francis opened this year’s Synod of Bishops on the family Sunday with a stirring defense of traditional marriage coupled with an insistence that the Church…

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10 May 2016 Articles No comments

If You Want Justice, Work for Chastity

At the height of the counterculture of the late 1960s and the flower-power desire for peace, Pope Paul VI said "If you want peace, work for justice." It remains…

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19 Jan 2016 News Vatican No comments

Pope Francis met with Royals of Monaco

The Holy Father on monday met with Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco. A brief Vatican statement released after the meeting indicated that the …

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30 Dec 2015 Q&A No comments

Who were the Church Fathers?

Full Question Your magazine frequently refers to the "Fathers of the Church." Who were these men, and what did they do to earn the title? Answer…

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Can I receive a plenary indulgence for reading the Bible?

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Can I receive a plenary indulgence for reading the Bible?


The Handbook of Indulgences states, “A partial indulgence is granted the Christian faithful who read sacred Scripture with the veneration due God’s word and as a form of spiritual reading. The indulgence will be a plenary one when such reading is for at least one-half hour” (80).

Keep in mind that there are several requirements for acquiring a plenary indulgence. The Apostolic Constitution on Indulgencesexplains,

To acquire a plenary indulgence it is necessary to perform the work to which the indulgence is attached and to fulfill three conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff. It is further required that all attachment to sin, even to venial sin, be absent. If this disposition is in any way less than complete, or if the prescribed three conditions are not fulfilled, the indulgence will be only partial. . . .


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