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Nigerian priest kidnapped

A Nigerian priest was abducted in Kogi State on September 7 after armed men stopped his car on a rural road, according to a newspaper based in Abuja, the nation…

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02 Oct 2015 Articles Comments (1)

The Eucharistic Miracle that inspired the Feast of Corpus Christi

Q: I recently learned that the feast of Corpus Christi was inspired by a Eucharistic miracle. Can you please give more details about this? — A reader in Springf…

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21 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (3)

Question concerning Stealing; Can it ever be justified to steal something to feed starving family?

Question from D. Lopez on 03-15-2001: Fr. Torraco, when asked if it would be moral to steal to feed a starving family who had noone to help them, you wrote (…

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23 May 2016 Americas Europe News USA Vatican Comments (1)

Pope asks Catholics to pray for Turkey humanitarian summit

Pope Francis has asked for prayers so that participants at a humanitarian summit in Turkey fully commit to achieve what he defines as their main aim: saving the…

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15 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

Teen Arrested for Planning Alleged ISIS-Inspired Attack on Pope

The FBI quietly arrested a 15-year-old boy outside of Philadelphia last month for allegedly threatening to launch an ISIS-inspired assault on Pope Franciswhile …

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23 Jul 2015 Q&A Comments (3)

What does Hosanna mean?

Full Question At Mass we proclaim, “Hosanna in the highest.” What does Hosanna mean? Answer "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in th…

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16 Jun 2016 News No comments

Cafod to keep Tina Beattie as adviser despite views on abortion

The theologian had signed a letter to Polish bishops calling for 'early, safe and legal abortion' Aid agency Cafod is to keep Catholic academic Tina Beattie as…

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16 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Pope Francis: family more important than ever in technological, profit-centered world

Concluding his series of Wednesday general audiences on the family, Pope Francis said that the role of the family is more critical now than ever. “Today we c…

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07 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Was the last synod 'rigged'? Tell-all book lets the reader decide

A new book about the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family alleges evidence of a hidden agenda pushed by a handful of bishops in positions of influence. “I …

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When does gossip become a mortal sin?

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When does gossip become grave enough to be considered a mortal sin?


Unless the matter under discussion is a common news item, when someone’s gossip negatively alters the opinion another has regarding a third person, one has committed a grave action. If it is done with full knowledge and deliberate consent, the grave action then becomes a mortal sin. Gossip is a far more serious matter than most of us like to consider.



  1. Jacqueline Harvey Reply

    I have been told when you spread true hurting facts that is called detraction. But when you spread false accusations that is gossip, which can be very serious. Am I correct?

  2. Cherub Reply

    How valid is the mass when a priest does this continuously even after making him see his actions? Also, a priest gossiped to me something about another person without me asking for it. When the person opened up to me the same thing, I could only say then that i am so sorry if you were expecting me to be surprised but fr.____ already told me. The person was shocked and said it felt like having gone thru an ice bucket challenge hearing those words from me because the person only told fr.____ about it during confession. Of course, fr._____ could learn about it throu the person’s neighbor and co-worker. But still it was gossip. I felt I couldnt believe the priest anymore and moreover trust him. Is the priest committing any violation? Is it grave?

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