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Pope canonises Junipero Serra

The Pope said faith is alive only when shared Canonising the 18th-century Spanish missionary, Blessed Junipero Serra, Pope Francis insisted a person’s faith …

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Do I have to confess to receive a plenary indulgence?

Full Question I understand that the requirements for a plenary indulgence include confession. Is the requirement for confession contingent on having seriou…

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23 Oct 2014 Vatican No comments

How do we praise God? Pray like Saint Paul, Pope Francis says

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06 Aug 2016 Articles Comments (11)

Why God Can't Command Us to Do Evil

Theists and atheists wield many weapons in the battle over the truth of God’s existence. One such weapon for theists is the moral argument, which asserts moral …

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08 Jul 2015 Articles No comments

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09 Dec 2015 News Vatican Comments (1)

Cardinal Peter Turkson: "A great deal is at stake for every country"

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22 Jul 2016 Articles Comments (2)

Receiving the Sacraments After Divorce and Remarriage

I recently got a call at Catholic Answers from a woman who had fallen away from the Church many years ago but had come back home after watching EWTN and listeni…

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Founder of the EWTN Global Catholic Network remains in "delicate" condition says fellow Nuns

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11 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (3)

Is the sign of the cross on the forehead, lips, and heart before the Gospel reading for the priest only?

Full Question Is the sign of the cross on the forehead, lips, and heart before the Gospel reading for the priest only? Answer Everyone is instruc…

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I don’t like the Novus Ordo but don’t have weekly access to the Old Mass. Is it a sin not to go every week?

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I am not happy with the Novus Ordo Mass and no longer wish to attend it. I would like to attend the Tridentine Mass every week, but the bishop will not allow my priest to celebrate it more than twice a month. Would I commit a mortal sin by attending Mass only twice a month?


Attending Mass is not all about us and what we like or dislike. It’s about what happened on Golgotha on Good Friday when God the Son shed his blood for us. It’s all about him! At Mass, it is his body and blood that is offered on the altar—regardless of what language is spoken, what rite is used, or what words are sung. Certainly, we all have our own tastes. But the light of his sacrifice must blind us to all else at such a moment.

To miss Sunday Mass through one’s own fault can indeed be a mortal sin. But to rank one’s preferred liturgical style higher than the Mass itself is to deliberately ignore God’s gesture of love as he hung for three hours, preferring our good to his life and all of his preferences.



  1. Maria spano Reply

    I go to Church almost every day ,your answer its perfect ,I love to Receive the Body and Blood of Jesus ,that is mass is all about ,Jesus Sacrifice ,we go To Jesus ,that is all the most important ,And Blessing ,gift ,From Him ,!!Don’t take for granted ,

  2. cheboy Reply

    if you understood what the altar means, you would gladly attend the mass everyday. it’s about Jesus, the begotten son being sacrificed for the atonement of our sins. In the old testament, the hebrews use animals as an offering on the altar for the atonement of their sins. The greatest sacrifice that is wholly accepted by the Father is the sacrifice of his only begotten son Jesus, His body and blood.

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