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Will We See Our Family in Heaven?

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Full Question Does the Catholic Church believe that Catholics will be reunited with family members when they die and go to heaven? Answer The prayers of the Rites of Christian Burial often refer to awaiting the day we are reunited with the deceased through Jesus Christ.  As the Final Commendation prayers say: “May we comfort






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Why did God change Saul’s name to Paul?

Full Question Why did God change Saul’s name to Paul? Answer He didn’t. Many mistakenly assume the Lord changed Saul’s name to Paul sometime after Saul converted from Judaism to Christianity, which happened during his encounter with Christ on the Road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-19). Unlike the instance of Jesus changing Simon’s name to Kepha






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Did St. Peter know St. Paul?

Full Question Did St. Peter know St. Paul? We can assume they were both present at the Council of Jerusalem, but is there any record of exchanges between them? I don’t recall Paul referring to Peter in any of his epistles. Answer Yes, they knew each other. Peter said of Paul: “So also our beloved






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Did St Paul Have the Stigmata?

Full Question Did St Paul have the Stigmata? Galatians 6:17 “I bear the brand marks of Jesus in my body.” Answer It is certainly possible that St. Paul had what we today would call the stigmata.  However, tradition has not handed this down to us as the meaning of these words so it would appear






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What Did Pope Paul VI Predict Would Be the Effects of Contraception?

Full Question What did Pope Paul VI say when he predicted the detrimental effects contraception would have on marriage? Answer In section 17 of his encyclical Humanae Vitae Pope Paul VI wrote that contraception would have the following consequences: 1. open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards 2. the






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What can you tell me about the Assemblies of God?

Full Question What can you tell me about the Assemblies of God? Answer It’s a Pentecostal denomination–the largest Pentecostal church, in fact, in the United States and one of the fastest growing religious groups in the world. The denomination has some 16 million members worldwide. As an organized Christian denomination, the Assemblies of God goes






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Is It Sinful to Neuter Animals?

Full Question Is it sinful to neuter animals? Answer Animals are not made in the image and likeness of God. Our treatment of them is guided by the principle of being a good steward of God’s creation. Neutering is therefore not a moral issue for animals. By Fr. Charles Grondin






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Did the Catholic Church Forbid People from Reading the Bible?

Full Question When the popes were treated as more powerful than kings why was the common man not allowed to read the bible? Answer For starters, up until the relative modern era the “common man” would not have been literate enough to read the Bible even in the vernacular.  There would have been no reason






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