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08 Sep 2015 Articles Comments (59)

Why Catholics Have Statues in Their Churches

Catholics do not worship idols, but have a long tradition of using statues in our churches, because thousands of years ago, people were not able to read and wri…

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20 Sep 2016 News Comments (1)

Pope Francis tells new bishops: the world is tired of ‘trendy’ priests

The Pope said people can 'sniff out' priests or bishops who are 'lying spellbinders' and 'narcissists' Today’s bishops need to be good Samaritans who let the…

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22 Oct 2016 Uncategorized No comments

Hundreds attend Mass in memory of renowned Polish filmmaker

The honorary Oscar-winner Andrzej Wajda died in hospital at the age of 90 earlier this month Hundreds of Warsaw residents and public figures packed a church on…

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28 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

Pope Francis hailed for transcending liberal/conservative divide

Pope Francis rose above party politics and challenged lawmakers to a higher standard in his Thursday address to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, Catholic m…

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04 Mar 2016 Australia News No comments

95-year-old priest along with hundreds of Catholic faithful on foot for dozens of kilometers for Penitential Walk

Despite his slight hunchback attributed his old age, this 95-year-old priest named Friar Roberto was on foot for dozens of kilometers while hearing confessions …

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30 Dec 2015 Q&A No comments

Is the Vatican really a country?

Full Question Is the Vatican really a country? Answer Yes. The history of the Vatican City State is colorful, controversial, and complex. The world…

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22 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

Pope Francis: Do you believe that Christ can transform you?

Pope Francis Monday celebrated his second public Mass during his papal visit to Cuba, reflecting that an encounter with Christ has the power to transform even t…

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15 Jun 2015 Articles Resources Comments (12)

Where is hell? What is the location of hell?

Question: "Where is hell? What is the location of hell?" Answer: Various theories on the location of hell have been put forward. A traditional view is that …

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21 Oct 2015 News USA No comments

Pope’s approval rating in the US rises following September visit

90 per cent of American Catholics now say they view Pope Francis favourably A Marist Poll survey commissioned by the Knights of Columbus found Pope Francis’ …

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Why is the rosary referred to as “the poor man’s psalter”?

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A priest once referred to the rosary as a “poor man’s psalter.” What did he mean?

Answer

A psalter is a book which contains the 150 psalms. Before printing was invented books were fabulously expensive. Most of the world was illiterate and poor, and poor men did not own books. Monastic communities and churches had books, and their members could read. The psalm book was used for the daily recitation of prayers (something that continues today).

The common folk, the poor, wanted to pray daily like the monks, but had no books to read the psalms from. Unable to memorize all 150 psalms (not many are up to such a feat), they recited an Our Father or Hail Mary in the place of each psalm.

They strung 150 beads together, one for each psalm, so they could keep count. Other prayers and meditations were added to this beaded string of fifteen decades, until we arrived at the rosary we have today.











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