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19 Oct 2015 Middle East - Africa News Vatican No comments

Program announced for papal trip to Africa

The Holy See Press Office has announced the program of Pope Francis’s upcoming apostolic journey to Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic. The Pont…

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10 Oct 2014 Vatican No comments

Teen Malala's Nobel prize sparks pride in Pakistani bishop

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2014 / 05:04 pm .- Malala Yousafzai has received the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 – making her the youngest ever recipient of t…

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25 Oct 2016 News No comments

Papal summer residence opens to the public for the first time

Visitors can now tour rooms in the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo, including the Pope's bedroom and private study Pope Francis is throwing open the doors …

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22 Aug 2016 Middle East - Africa News USA Vatican No comments

Christians tied and Hacked to Death for their Faith

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has seen a dramatic rise in Christian persecution, leaving at least 36 Christians hacked to death. According to the Ca…

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11 Jan 2016 Q&A No comments

Does the Church condemn those who disagree with its teachings?

Full Question Why does the Catholic Church pronounce anathemas upon those who disagree with its teachings? This was done, for example, at the Council of Tr…

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08 Nov 2016 News No comments

ISIS calls for 'slaughter' as voters cast ballots on election day

ISIS has released new threats and plans to attack voters as they cast their ballots this Tuesday. According to the Mirror, ISIS has called its followers to r…

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22 Jun 2016 News No comments

Philippine bishops call for an end to police brutality

Bishops have pleaded with law enforcers to treat suspected criminals with respect and compassion after a sharp rise in police violence in the Philippines In li…

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18 Sep 2014 USA No comments

Cardinal O'Malley 'Community and Solidarity' Are Antidote to Threats Against Life

n a statement to mark Respect Life Month, October 2014, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, called for “community and solidarity" as an antidote to th…

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18 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (2)

Does the Church approve of the Bayside apparitions?

Full Question Some people in my parish follow the Bayside apparitions and are encouraging me to do the same. What does the Church say about this group? …

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What does it mean that God is the “creator of heaven and earth”?

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In the Apostles’ Creed we profess that God is the “creator of heaven and earth.” What does this mean?

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains it in this way:

The Scriptural expression heaven and earth means all that exists, creation in its entirety. It also indicates the bond, deep within creation, that both unites heaven and earth and distinguishes the one from the other: "the earth" is the world of men, while "heaven" or "the heavens" can designate both the firmament and God’s own "place"—"our Father in heaven" and consequently "the heaven" too which is eschatological glory. Finally, "heaven" refers to the saints and the "place" of the spiritual creatures, the angels, who surround God. (CCC 326)










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