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Tomb of John Paul II is opened on eve of beatification

His casket is placed before the tomb of St Peter Pope John Paul II’s tomb was opened yesterday and his casket removed in preparation for veneration after his b…

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Archbishop tells Canada: accepting refugees won’t help Syria

Seeing refugees being resettled in Canada 'hurts us a lot', says Archbishop of Aleppo Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart, Melkite Catholic archbishop of Aleppo, …

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Francis has catch-up lunch with refugees he brought to Rome

The Pope gave toys and gifts to the children, while they showed him a collection of their drawings Pope Francis had a reunion lunch with 21 Syrian refugees at …

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Pope Francis in video link with US groups

Pope Francis spoke with American audiences in three different locations on August 31, in a video-link event hosted by the ABC television network. The Pontiff…

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20 Sep 2014 Q&A Comments (63)

What is the Church's position on tithing?

Full Question I was born and raised in the Mormon Church, went on a mission, and did everything a good Mormon should do, including tithing. Since my wife a…

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What are patriarchs?

Full Question What are patriarchs? Answer The term means the father and ruler of a family or tribe--literally, "rule of the father." It's use…

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Who was St. Valentine, and how did his feast day of February 14 come to be regarded as a day…

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10 Oct 2014 Articles Comments (23)

Are Catholics Born Again?

At least every mainstream Christian knows that to be saved one must be born again. Jesus says: "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot …

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Apart from Easter's significance, is there a reason the Church initiates new catechumens then?

Full Question The significance of Easter aside, why is it a common practice to initiate new catechumens at Easter? Answer How can the significance …

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Do our beliefs and traditions come from God or are they of human origin?

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Is it correct to say that the traditions and beliefs we as Catholics hold are not manmade but originated from Jesus, who gave the “guidelines” of the Church to the apostles?

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Catholics believe that those doctrinal and moral teachings taught by the Church since the beginning of Christian history were given by Jesus to the apostles and handed on by them to their successors through the centuries (2 Tim. 2:1–2). These teachings are known as Sacred Tradition.

Other Catholic traditions, more aptly called disciplines (e.g., priestly celibacy) and customs (e.g., Advent wreaths), are “manmade” in the sense that they were developed over the centuries by Christians who created them as means to better live out their Christian faith.











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