Follow usTwitterFacebook


31 Dec 2015 Q&A Comments (2)

Was I wrong to take the host back to my pew?

Full Question I sit in the first row at Mass because I am hearing-impaired. When visiting a church recently, the usher gestured for me to go up for Communi…

Read more

31 Aug 2016 Uncategorized No comments

Baghdad patriarch urges international community to do more to stop ISIS

Patriarch Sako said Christians are waiting for governments and religious authorities to work together to 'confront and dismantle terrorism' A Patriarch of the …

Read more

23 Oct 2014 USA Comments (1)

We're 'just touching the surface' of St John Paul II's teachings

Washington D.C., Oct 23, 2014 / 05:02 pm .- St. John Paul II's life and teachings offer a witness to love that is so profound it is only beginning to be be mine…

Read more

08 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (5)

Does the Sunday observance begin on Saturday evening, in imitation of the Jewish sabbath?

Full Question In ancient Judaism the sabbath was from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. If Sunday is the Christian sabbath, should we celebrate it …

Read more

10 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Church’s mission is not political, says Coptic pope

As Egypt prepares for parliamentary elections, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, to which most of the nation’s Christians belong, emphasized that the “Cop…

Read more

27 Jan 2015 Articles Comments (2)

Catholics! Keep Your Trees Up!

New Year’s Day promises two certainties: college football bowl games and Christmas trees on the curb. To Catholics, of course, January 1 is the Solemnity …

Read more

17 Sep 2014 Vatican No comments

Pope Asks for Prayers for Upcoming Trip to Albania

At the end of today's general audience, Pope Francis greeted those present in various languages. In his greetings in Arabic, he addressed the faithful of the Ho…

Read more

08 Apr 2015 Q&A Comments (1)

Why was it necessary for Jesus to have been born of a woman?

Full Question Why was it necessary for Jesus to have been born of a woman? Answer Vatican II responds: The Father of mercies willed that the Inc…

Read more

16 Sep 2014 Vatican No comments

2015 World Meeting of Families Will Help Synod on the Family

The 8th World Day of Families, to be held in Philadelphia from September 22-27, 2015, was presented today in the Holy See Press Office. The theme of the event w…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Why Catholics Kiss the Ring of Pope, Cardinals or Bishops

Since the early days of the catholic Church, the faithful have always kneeled and kissed the ring of the Church authorities. This traditional courtesy reflects the beliefs that:

i. the Pope who is the apostolic successor of the Church instituted by Jesus on earth;

ii. the Cardinals who are Princes of the Church; and

iii. the Bishops who are the local Shepherds of the Church, appointed by the Pope himself,

are all priests through who Jesus Christ manifest Himself to lead His Church. By kneeling before these Christ chosen representives and kissing their rings, (the symbol of authority), one acknowledges their appointments by Christ Himself and show respect to Jesus who dwells in them. This symbolic gesture of respect toward an authority is no different than when Americans rise when their President enter a room, or when the British rise when the Queen of England enters a room, or when those present rise when a Judge enters the Court Room, or when the Head of any State enters a room.




  1. Franklin P. Uroda Reply

    IMO, ring-kissing is a symbol of subserviance and subjugation. Throughout the world-with some exceptions-the common way of greeting a person is by a handshake. The symbolism is that of openness and acceptance. I’ve noticed that bishops are increasingly not extending their ring to be kissed. Foot-kissing (thank God) as a symbol of obeisance has gotten the boot (except on Holy Thursday).

  2. Mary Reply

    Kissing the ring of the Pope, bishop or a priest is not a sign of subservience Franklin. It is a sign of respect! Respect for Jesus Christ, the Anointed One. in Luke 5:8, when Peter first encountered Christ, he fell to his knees, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

  3. Carmela Reply

    Wonder people ask these silly questions. these symbols are related with Religious point, who we are to questions. in all the religions some or the other symbols are there to pay respect to God, Almighty. why we
    don’t leave the world to follow their own religion. May God help these kinds of idiots.

  4. Keith Reply

    We can’t just “leave the world to follow their own religion” unless we think it is perfectly fine to kill minorities, to subjugate women and children, and, in some cases, destroy anyone whose religion is different from ours. By your logic, you would be fine with Muslims killing you for your religious views. Carmela, don’t call anyone else an idiot until you look in the mirror and learn to think!

  5. Robert K. Reply

    Rings of bishops as well as boots of pope in past times used to have relics of the Saints and that’s another reason people used to kiss them and not as a sign of mere submission to the authority.

  6. Agyenim Boateng Abraham Reply

    l am proud as Catholic

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories