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On Sunday, June 5, most dioceses will celebrate the feast of the Ascension, when Jesus returned to the Father. Why couldn’t the risen Christ simply have stayed on earth, guiding the Church for all time?
The Catholic Church loves saints–so much, in fact, that it has designated particular saints as special advocates for individuals, countries and occupations. There is even a patron saint of the Internet: St. Isidore of Seville. How can patron saints help us?
What does it take to be declared a saint in the Catholic Church? How many saints does the Church recognize? Can anyone become a saint? Here’s a short, step by step guide to the process.
Do Catholics “worship” Mary? What are some of the Church’s key beliefs about Mary? Read more about the first and greatest disciple of Jesus.
If you attend a Catholic Mass during the Easter season, you’ll hear a reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Why is this New Testament book unique and how does it speak to Christians today?
During the Easter Season, many liturgical readings focus on the activities of the Apostles and Disciples. Who are they and is there a difference?
For Catholics, Easter isn’t just one day, it’s a season. Why do we have 50 days to celebrate?
Why is the celebration of the Easter Vigil even more important than Easter Sunday?
During Lent, especially during Holy Week, priests in each diocese come together to celebrate the annual Chrism Mass. What is chrism and how is it used?
How does an adult convert enter the Catholic Church? Most go through a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Read what this involves.
Easter’s just around the corner–a good time to think about going to confession. Haven’t been for a while? Don’t worry! Here are some resources that can help.
Perhaps you’ve heard it before when you faced suffering in your life: “Offer it up.” It’s a hard saying, but what does it mean? How can “offering it up” help us to find meaning–and even joy–in our suffering?
Does your parish offer Stations of the Cross? Many parishes do, especially during Lent. What is this popular devotion that continues to attract so many people?
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Lent begins on March 9. Traditionally, the 40 days of Lent are a time of fasting, prayer and almsgiving (good works). Read more about these Lenten practices.
Lent begins on Wednesday, March 9. The Church calls this a “joyful season” and invites its members to think about and deepen their relationship with God. Read more about this wonderful opportunity to prepare for Easter–and for eternal life.
Scripture is not the only way in which God’s revelation has been passed down to humans. Read what the Catholic Church believes about Scripture and Tradition.
Do you have questions about what the Catholic Church teaches or believes? Perhaps you’re puzzled by Catholic devotional practices and rituals. Whether you’re a cradle Catholic or a convert, a person from another faith tradition or a spiritual seeker, we hope this new series will help to answer your questions. First topic: How do we find meaning in the Bible today?
You might not think of the Bible as a source for inspiring and enduring love stories. Check out these ten and see if you change your mind.
This blessing is an adaptation of a beannacht, an ancient Hebrew form of blessing used to communicate the power of the Divine within families and later within believing communities. This beannacht is dedicated to married couples.
Finding time for prayer can seem impossible. Amid the busyness of family life, how can one respond to God’s ongoing invitation to speak with and listen to Him? Here are ten pointers to help you do just that.
When John Paul II was elevated to the papacy, he unveiled a series of reflections on which he had worked for some time. These talks became known as “The Theology of the Body” and have had a growing impact on Christian thinking about what it means to be embodied as male or female.
In the theology of the body, Pope John Paul shows no embarrassment for his repeated appeal to the two accounts of creation in Genesis. He admits the accounts are myth, but not in the rationalist sense of fable. Instead, the fable is the modern approach to the human person and marriage.
When the Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a Christian vocation it is saying that the couple’s relationship is more than simply their choice to enter a union which is a social and legal institution.
When the Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a covenant, it is using an ancient and rich biblical concept to describe how God’s steadfast and exclusive love for his people is a model for the loving union of a married couple.