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Special collection for Retirement Fund for Religious is Dec. 8-9

The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 8-9 in the Diocese of Evansville. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office in Washington, D.C., the appeal benefits 31,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests. The Diocese of Evansville d...
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Words for distributing Communion/Confirmation required for marriage?

Words for distributing Communion/Confirmation required for marriage? Q. As an extraordinary minister of holy Communion, I have something bothering me. As we give out Communion, we say "body of Christ" for the host and "blood of Christ" for the chalice. But aren't we actually offering the "complete Christ" -- body, blood, soul and divinity -- under each species? (Oga...
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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Pakistani priest now in U.S. recalls his own persecution in home country

Pakistani priest now in U.S. recalls his own persecution in home country PHILADELPHIA (CNS) – A Pakistani Catholic priest living in Philadelphia is grateful to learn that Asia Bibi, a Catholic convicted of violating Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws, has had her death sentence overturned.             Father Tar...
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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Pope's World Day of the Poor message: Listen to those in need

Editor’s note: World Day of Poor is Nov. 18. The Vatican originally released Pope Francis’ message in June. VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis asked, How is it that God in heaven can hear the cries of the poor, but so many people watching or standing nearby either cannot or just do...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Judas and his fate - Divorce and friendship

Judas and his fate - Divorce and friendship Q. There's a question that has occurred to me from time to time, and I would appreciate your answer. I was always led to believe that suicide is a mortal sin, so someone who takes his own life cannot go to heaven. It makes me wonder what fate awaited Judas when he hanged himself after turning Jesu...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Bishops, sisters discuss declining numbers of U.S. women religious

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CNS) – The precipitous decline in the number of women in religious life and what it means to the church has people thinking about how to prepare for the future.             Their actions stem from data gathered by the Na...
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Canon of the Gospels, and 'Secret' church archives

Canon of the Gospels, and 'Secret' church archives Q. Luke's Gospel begins, "Several biographies of Christ have already been written." Why, then, are there only four Gospels in the New Testament, and how were they chosen? (Charlottesville, Virginia) A. First, just a comment on your quote from the opening verse of Luke. The text you offer comes from...
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Saints risk all for love of Jesus, pope says at canonization Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Carrying Pope Paul VI's pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, Pope Francis formally recognized them and five others as saints of the Catholic Church.            ...
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Thoughts while praying the rosary/ Should Sunday Mass be obligatory?

Thoughts while praying the rosary/ Should Sunday Mass be obligatory? Q. I would appreciate your help with a question I've had for a long time. When I am saying the rosary, should I be thinking of the words to the Hail Mary or about the particular mystery I am then on? (Morrilton, Arkansas) A. I think it's a matter of personal choice. Whatever best helps to make thes...
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Divorced and Communion/ Missing Mass and mortal sin

Divorced and Communion/ Missing Mass and mortal sin Q. I am in my 50s and have now been divorced for three years. I was married in the Catholic Church and have always attended Sunday Mass regularly and received Communion. But I have begun to wonder whether I should still take Communion.  I asked a priest recently in confession, and he said that...
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018