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03 Dec 2015 News USA No comments

Bishop Gerald Barnes offers prayers for the San Bernardino’s mass shooting

In the wake of yet another mass shooting on Wednesday in San Bernardino California, that left at least 14 people dead and more than a dozen wounded, Bishop of t…

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24 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

Iraqi Christians who fled Islamic State share their story

The plight of Christians in the Middle East was the focus of an educational and fundraising event in Denver on Friday, in which two Christian refugees from a ci…

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30 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

Pope appeals for life of Georgia death row inmate, but parole board rejects

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has declined to commute the death sentence of a local woman scheduled to be executed tonight, despite a plea from Pope …

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03 Sep 2015 News Vatican Comments (1)

Alliance between families and God can change the world, Pope Francis says

Encouraging families to hear God's word and to put it into practice, Pope Francis said Wednesday that the family, by being allied with God, is called to counter…

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18 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Luxembourg's premier meets with Pontiff

Pope Francis met on September 17 with Prime Minister Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg, for conversations that focused on bilateral relations, religious freedom, and …

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05 Oct 2015 Articles No comments

Why Catholics use votive candles

Before addressing the use of votive candles in particular, we have to appreciate the symbolism of light and the general usage of candles in religious practice. …

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27 Mar 2015 Q&A No comments

Can you explain to a Buddhist the role of the Crucifixion in the Church before the 10th century?

  Full Question I am a Buddhist wondering what role the Crucifixion played in the Church prior to the 10th century. Answer Please allo…

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20 Oct 2015 Australia News No comments

New pastoral approach does not change doctrine, Australian archbishop says

Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called for 'a new kind of pastoral creativity' While Church doctrine must stay unchanged, an Australian archbishop has expresse…

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19 Jul 2016 News No comments

Egypt’s wave of persecution continues as mob stabs Christian to death

Sectarian violence against Christians has recently peaked in the south of the country A Muslim mob in southern Egypt stabbed a Coptic Christian to death over…

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What’s the best way to prepare for a general confession?

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I’d like to make a general confession. How do I prepare? Should I go during scheduled confession times and tell the priest when I enter the confessional, or should I make an appointment? Should I make a list or will the priest ask me questions?


It would be good to make an appointment. During a regularly scheduled time for confessions, people might have to wait an inordinately long time in line. By all means, make a list. It is difficult to remember most sins from such a long period of time. The priest will help you if you have trouble. Be sure to destroy the list when you are done.


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