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Pope discusses family issues, calls on spouses to be missionaries

Pope Francis received members of the Équipes Notre-Dame (Teams of Our Lady) in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on September 10 and emphasized the “m…

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Cardinal Pell consults lawyers after Vatican adviser calls him ‘almost sociopathic’

Cardinal George Pell is seeking legal advice after a member of the Vatican’s child protection commission called him “almost sociopathic” and appealed for his di…

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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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Does the Catholic Church believe in the devil?

Full Question Does the Catholic Church believe in the devil? I saw on television a priest who said this isn't official Catholic teaching. Answer …

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Renowned author, uncompromisingly Catholic: Flannery O’Connor chosen for new postage stamp

Award-winning American author and devout Roman Catholic Flannery O’Connor will appear on a new postage stamp this summer, the U.S. postal service announced last…

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05 Dec 2015 News Vatican No comments

Preacher of the Pontifical Household delivers first Advent Homily for 2015

  Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher of the Pontifical Household said the first Advent Homily for 2015 on Dec 4. He was preaching to Pope Fr…

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04 Mar 2015 Q&A Comments (3)

Question: At an ordination i saw a priest snap photos during mass, is this okay?

Q: At an ordination I saw a priest, vested and concelebrating, step away from the altar. He took out a camera and took photos (not once, but several times). The…

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01 Aug 2015 Q&A No comments

Was the Holy Family really poor?

Full Question I've always thought that the Holy Family was poor and that in their poverty and humility Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are models for all families.…

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06 Oct 2015 News USA No comments

100 New Catholic Adult Converts to Affirm Catholic Teaching

Over 100 adult converts to the Catholic faith, most of them Americans, have signed an open letter calling upon the Synod of Bishops to affirm Catholic teaching …

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How can we offer Jesus’ body, blood, soul, and divinity in the Divine Mercy chaplet?

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I am perplexed by the phrase in the Divine Mercy chaplet, “I offer you the body and blood, soul and divinity, of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.” I thought that was something only a priest could do during the sacrifice of the Mass. Surely the offering made in the Mass is different in some way than what is offered in praying this chaplet. What am I missing?


Saying that prayer is not the same as offering Mass. At Mass we participate in the one sacrifice that Jesus made for us. But because he made that sacrifice, that perfect prayer is now ours. Therefore we can always make reference to it. It is a most powerful prayer because it is his prayer. Basically, what we are saying to the Father is: “By the merits of his Passion, we ask for your mercy!”


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