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Why does the Catholic University of America have a collection of over 600 Ethiopian magic scrolls?

With a recent gift of more than 600 handmade leather manuscripts, the Catholic University of America is now home to one of the most important collections of Ethiopian religious manuscripts in the United States. The collection includes Christian, Islamic, and “magic” texts. It is the largest collection of Ethiopian Islamic manuscripts outside of Ethiopia. Dr.






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Are electric sanctuary candles acceptable?

Full Question Our church has an electric sanctuary candle. Is this permitted? Answer Canon 940 states only that “a special lamp is to burn continuously before the tabernacle in which the blessed Eucharist is reserved, to indicate and to honor the presence of Christ.” While the traditional lamp with a wax candle is normally used






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Can sanctuary lamps be some color other than red?

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Full Question A friend recently told me she was at a Catholic church whose sanctuary lamp was enclosed in glass that was not red. Is this OK? Answer Yes. While red is considered the traditional color of a sanctuary lamp, there is no liturgical law regulating the lamp color. What is required is that the






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Why do Catholics “go to rosaries” when someone dies?

Full Question I have heard of Catholics “going to rosaries” for people who have died. Could you tell me what is meant by this? Answer When a Catholic dies, his friends and family often gather together to pray the rosary for the repose of his soul. Saying that one is “going to a rosary” is






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Should Christians protest the Dakota Access Pipeline?

The Dakota Access Pipeline is being laid across Native American land in North Dakota. Native Americans have turned out by the thousands since May to oppose its construction on what they say is sacred land. For this reason and others, Christians should consider joining the protest in opposition to a project that violates Christ’s Golden






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