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Pope Francis hails Armenia as a ‘herald of Christ among the nations’

Pope Francis has praised Armenia for being a “herald of Christ among the nations", saying it had kept alive the “light of faith" even in the darkest times. T…

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In a recent articleposted here at the Catholic Answers blog, I showed why the hallucination and vision theories fail as explanations of Jesus’ resurrection. One…

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21 Aug 2015 Uncategorized No comments

Italian cardinal: Laudato Si’ comparable in importance to Rerum Novarum

In a front-page article in L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Città della Pieve said that Pope Francis’s new encyclical on care for ou…

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20 May 2016 News No comments

In the midst of secularisation, Christians are called to martyrdom, says Cardinal Burke

The cardinal said Christians might have to face 'loss of goods, government harassment and imprisonment' Cardinal Raymond Burke has said that the secularisation…

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02 Feb 2016 Europe News USA No comments

Modification of Human Embryo condemned by Pro-Life Charity

The decision of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to permit a British scientist to genetically modify human embryos has been highly decrie…

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03 Nov 2014 Q&A No comments

Why did some books mentioned in the Bible perish and not make it into the canon?

Full Question Why did some books mentioned in the Bible perish and not make it into the canon? Were they not inspired? Answer Some books the Bibl…

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29 Sep 2014 Articles No comments

Extraordinary Form 101

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How can God be merciful if he punishes people?

Full Question How can Christian theologians say that God is perfectly merciful if he still punishes some people? Wouldn't he be more perfectly merciful if …

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Why is the monstrance sometimes held with bare hands and at other time with covered hands?

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I don’t know why sometimes the monstrance is held with bare hands and at Benediction they are covered. Isn’t it sacred at all times?


The humeral veil simply draws attention to the sacredness of the Blessed Sacrament. No one is worthy to hold the Blessed Sacrament even with several humeral veils. The use of the veil is symbolic. Our Lord handed the Eucharist to his apostles without such things.


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