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Why is the rosary referred to as "the poor man's psalter"?

Full Question A priest once referred to the rosary as a "poor man's psalter." What did he mean? Answer A psalter is a book which contains the 150…

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08 Oct 2015 Middle East - Africa News No comments

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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13 Jul 2016 Articles Comments (15)

'Our Lady has already crushed his head': Our Lady of Fatima visionary predicted marriage and family 'final battle'

Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima, died in 2005. But before her death, she predicted t…

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09 Sep 2016 News No comments

Chinese authorities arrest Vatican-appointed bishop

Coadjutor bishop arrested before he could take control of Wenzhou diocese, reports claim Chinese authorities have arrested the coadjutor bishop of Wenzhou, Chi…

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01 Apr 2015 Q&A Comments (2)

Did the Church change the Mass so it would be more acceptable to Protestants?

Full Question Did the Church change the Mass so it would be more acceptable to Protestants? Answer The Church’s primary concern in the reform of th…

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01 Jul 2015 Articles Resources No comments

The Ultimate Bucket List: 20 things to do before joining God in Heaven

Bucket listing has become a popular trend within social media sites and all over the world, ranging from reading best-selling books, to traveling to exotic plac…

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The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham gets £4 million pounds from donation

The National Shrine of Walsingham has announced that it has received a £4 million donation to fund major redevelopment of the shrine's buildings and to expand i…

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04 Jun 2015 Articles Q&A No comments

What do the terms “Canon of Scripture,” “protocanon,” “deuterocanon” and “apocrypha” refer to?

RESPONSE: “Canon of Scripture” refers to the whole of inspired Scripture; the books that are accepted as inspired by God. There are three classes of ancient …

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18 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

How marriage prep is failing Catholics, and what we can do about it

The Church needs to seriously consider changing the way it approaches marriage preparation say John and Claire Grabowski, a couple who serve on the Pontifical C…

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Is the current rite of episcopal ordination invalid?

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A Traditionalist friend claims that the current form for the rite of ordaining bishops, promulgated by Pope Paul VI, is invalid and does not provide the grace of the sacrament of episcopal ordination. Is this true?


No. For any sacrament to be validly conferred, the proper matter and form must be observed. Since Jesus did not mandate a specific formula to be used for the consecration of bishops, the Church assumes authority over this. Therefore, when the Church officially authorizes a specific formula to be used, we can be certain of its efficacy. Those who argue that other particular words or phrases are absolutely necessary for this apparently do not fully recognize or understand the authority that Jesus conferred on the apostles.


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