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Ugandan bishops ask Catholics to prepare spiritually for the Pope’s visit

Faithful urged to do penance and undertake charity for the poor The Ugandan bishops have called on Catholics to prepare spiritually for Pope Francis’s Novemb…

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Bishop dedicates memorial to deported immigrants

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May my girlfriend and I be intimate with one another before marriage?

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Benedict XVI: Pope Francis for his focus on mercy at unprecedented Vatican ceremony

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I don't see why Mary had to be sinless to pass on a sinless human nature to Christ.

Full Question I don't see why Mary had to be sinless to pass on a sinless human nature to Christ. Answer Mary's sinlessness derives from the fact…

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Visible Reminders of Invisible Light

West portal and nave of Chartres Cathedral (1194-1260), Chartres, France. For most practical purposes, the glorious windows of Chartres are failures. N…

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Vatican says 'no' to transsexual godparents amid Spain controversy

A media firestorm arose in Spain after a transsexual woman, who considers herself a man, asked to be the godfather of her nephew – leading a diocese's bishop to…

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Pope Francis' Address at Celebration of Vespers at the Cathedral of St. Paul

Here is the translation of the Holy Father's words at the celebration of Vespers in the Cathedral of St. Paul this evening in Albania. The Pope departed from hi…

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Is it required that Catholics be devoted to Mary?

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Is it required that Catholics be devoted to Mary?


Devotion is an emotional attachment, which cannot be required of anyone. All that is required is assent to those doctrines that the Church has declared to be true and binding upon Catholic consciences. As long as a Catholic gives assent of the will to the Marian doctrines, it is not required that he have any particular emotional attachment to the Blessed Mother.

That said, devotion can be developed just like emotional attachment to any person can be developed, and it is a pious action for a Catholic to develop a devotion to his spiritual Mother. One means of developing such an attachment is to learn more about the Blessed Mother through reading Marian apologetic and devotional literature.


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