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The art Pope Francis loves

What is Pope Francis’ idea of art? A new documentary titled ‘Pope Francis – My idea of art,’ delves into the Roman Pontiff’s artistic side and explore what art personally means to the Pope through a series of his favorite works. “The art of mercy is truly Pope Francis’ idea of art," stated Barbara Jatta,

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A Message from Doubting Thomas on Freedom

An encounter with the Lord frees us from sin and fear, and frees us for mission and evangelization, said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in his homily at the closing Mass for the USCCB’s Fortnight for Freedom. The July 3 Mass was held during the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, Florida, and concluded the

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2 Ways we get Prayer “Wrong"

Perhaps we think the offer of God to us is too good to be true… Are we sure that we’re praying right? Me neither. Let’s consider praying “right" by first looking at praying “wrong." We get prayer wrong by praying either as an employee or as an orphan. As an “employee," we adopt the attitude

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Seven Great Reasons to Go to Confession Tomorrow (and Often)

Confession is a gift that keeps on giving. Go early, go often and bring the kids. At the Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College, we believe it is time for Catholics to imaginatively and vigorously promote confession. But don’t take our word for it. “The renewal of the Church in America depends on the renewal of

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God’s Holy Weapons against Satan

God’s holy weapons against Satan, Part 1: The gift of prophecy Fourth in a series on spiritual warfare: Elijah and the power of obedience “Consider well the seed that gave you birth: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge" (Dante, ‘Inferno,’ Canto 26). The spiritual life is a constant

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The Strategies of Satan

The strategies of Satan, Part 1: The “Jezebel" tactic First in a series on spiritual warfare: The satanic attack that exploits our fear, lust, wounds and lukewarmness “But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel…" (Rev. 2:20) “Jezebel" is a name that is reviled throughout Scripture and Christian history. Parents would

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Photos of the Most Unusual Churches in the World

Christians do not lack imagination when it comes to worshiping in the most inaccessible places, or the most improbable buildings. Be it because of the chosen materials or locations to build them, whether underground, in a cave, under ice or on almost inaccessible cliff sides, in all latitudes, and in all ages, there are churches

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Never receive the Eucharist if:

You’re not sure about your last confession: If your last confession wasn’t very good, you might want to be careful about receiving the Holy Eucharist. When i say “wasn’t good”, i mean, if you willfully withheld a mortal sin, you’ve not been restored in grace. You need to see a priest, rectify the problem then

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How to Love the Parent who Loves us Imperfectly

Blessed Laura Vicuña is a beautiful witness for those who have trouble forgiving the broken and flawed who fail at loving us. The history of the Church is filled with Saints whose love of Christ set them in direct opposition to their parents. Again and again we see the children of pagans threatened or even

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3 Powerful Sacramentals to have in your Home

These small religious items pack a big spiritual punch that can protect your family. The use of sacramentals is one of the most misunderstood practices in the Catholic Church. They have been part of the Church’s life from the very beginning, but are commonly viewed as some sort of superstition. This is largely due to

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