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A world awash with weapons – there’s a better way

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If someone’s house was on fire would you pour gasoline on it? Well the answer is obvious: Of course you wouldn’t. Yet that is very similar to what the United States and many other more economically developed nations are doing. Despite the tragic fact that approximately 40 current armed conflicts worldwide are causing over 150,000

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Early Depictions Of Jesus Christ you’ve probably never seen

We are familiar with the images of the baby Jesus in the arms of Mary, the Jesus who died for our sins and the resurrection. The representations of Christ always fall within these or other familiar types. However, these images below derive from an earlier period before the codification of those representations of Christ. 10.

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Top 10 Items of Papal Regalia

We are all familiar with the special trappings worn by royalty, but we are not so familiar with the regalia of the Papacy. This is a list of the top 10 items of papal regalia, most of which are still in use today. 10. Mantum The mantum or papal mantle differs little from an ordinary

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10 Most Stunning Catholic Basilicas

The following is a list of basilicas (generally speaking a basilica is a large Church of special importance – prior to Christianity they were usually Roman civic buildings) recognized by the Roman Catholic Church that I found to be the most architecturally appealing. Exterior design was predominately considered and the list was made by only

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The Secret to Praying Better

Do we truly understand what we are asking? “Father, would you teach me how to pray better?” People are always surprised when I answer, “No,” so I have to offer an explanation.  I tell them that, “Jesus never said, ‘Pray better.’  He never said, ‘Pray well.’  He didn’t even say, ‘Pray often.’  He did say,

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What humans can do that angels can’t

Hint: Our very vulnerability gives us something angels can only admire but never achieve “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread,” said Alexander Pope, thereby proving that he understood more about men than he did about angels. Angels cannot fear anything because they cannot be harmed by anything. They are not vulnerable; that is to say, angels

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The Mysterious “Holy Icons – Preserving” Bees

In Greece, a pious beekeeper has a habit of putting icons in his beehives. The icons bless the bees … and the bees protect the icons. For a decade, a beekeeper named Sidoros Ţiminis, living in the region of Kapandriti, near Athens, has kept a tradition: every spring, he slips icons of Christ, the Holy

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The way ahead for gay Catholics

Two years ago Cardinal Vincent Nichols asked me to be his liaison and chaplain to the Farm Street LGBT group in central London Two years ago Cardinal Vincent Nichols asked me to be his liaison and chaplain to the Farm Street LGBT group in central London. That same week I was invited to be chaplain

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The art Pope Francis loves

What is Pope Francis’ idea of art? A new documentary titled ‘Pope Francis – My idea of art,’ delves into the Roman Pontiff’s artistic side and explore what art personally means to the Pope through a series of his favorite works. “The art of mercy is truly Pope Francis’ idea of art,” stated Barbara Jatta,

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A Message from Doubting Thomas on Freedom

An encounter with the Lord frees us from sin and fear, and frees us for mission and evangelization, said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in his homily at the closing Mass for the USCCB’s Fortnight for Freedom. The July 3 Mass was held during the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, Florida, and concluded the

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