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An illustration to guide you through the Triduum

The illustration below will is good guide to help you get a good overview of what to expect and how to get the most out of the three holiest days (The Triduum) …

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30 Sep 2014 Articles No comments

Any Friend of God is a Friend of Mine

Patrick Madrid was the vice president of Catholic Answers and a contributing editor of This Rock until 1995. This article originally appeared on the cover of th…

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20 Oct 2015 Europe News No comments

The international community must protect the dignity of migrants, says Vatican official

Fr Gabriele Bentoglio spoke at the Eighth Global Forum on Migration and Development in Istanbul last week The international community must help protect the h…

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28 Oct 2016 News Comments (1)

Burial slab of Jesus Christ uncovered for first time in five centuries

Scientists have uncovered the burial slab that the body of Jesus Christ was laid on. It is the first time in nearly 500 years the slab has been seen by anyone. …

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27 Jan 2015 Q&A Comments (2)

Would killing a human conceived in a test tube still be considered murder?

Full Question If a human is created or designed in a test tube and carried in a womb to birth, then the creation was not from God, but by man from material…

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11 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (2)

Could a non-Catholic be canonized by the Catholic Church?

Full Question Could a non-Catholic be canonized by the Catholic Church? Answer It is theoretically possible that the Church could canonize a non-…

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24 Oct 2014 USA No comments

Two flawed candidates? Catholics mull over voting options

Providence, R.I., Oct 24, 2014 / 01:55 pm .- In an election where all political candidates hold problematic positions, Catholic voters may choose “the lesser of…

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12 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

9/11: When John Paul II grieved with America

As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, Joaquín N…

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28 Sep 2014 Vatican Comments (1)

Pope Francis calls Benedict XVI the ultimate 'grandfather'

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2014 / 10:10 am .- Retired pontiff Benedict XVI joined some 50,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a meeting betw…

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Is it required that the bodily remains or cremains be present at a Catholic funeral?

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Is it required that the bodily remains or cremains be present at a Catholic funeral?

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No, but it is good for the remains to be at the funeral if possible, because they can then be blessed. If the remains are not present at a funeral Mass, then the Mass that is offered is a memorial Mass.









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