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Instruction Ad Resurgendum cum Christo

Instruction Ad Resurgendum cum Christo regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation   The following is the full text of the Instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Ad resurgendum cum...

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Happy Birthday, Mother Mary

For centuries, Catholics have celebrated Mother Mary's birthday on September 8, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. September 8 marks exactly nine months after December 8—the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. December 8 is not the day on...

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Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa was born, 1910, in Skopje, capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Little is known about her early life, but at a young age she felt a calling to be a nun and serve through helping the poor. At the age of 18 she was given permission to join a group of nuns...

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Corporal Acts of Mercy

During this Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis calls us to become more merciful in our own lives and to bring God's mercy to others.  Through Works of Mercy, we extend God’s compassion and love to those in need, and show compassion for, and make efforts to alleviate,...

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Spiritual Acts of Mercy

During this Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis calls us to become more merciful in our own lives and to bring God's mercy to others.  Through Works of Mercy, we extend God’s compassion and love to those in need, and show compassion for, and make efforts to alleviate,...

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To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo?

Q: Hello, I have been trying to find an answer regarding what the church teaches about tattoos. But I wanted to ask a reliable source, and thought my parish church would be a good start I have been thinking about getting a tattoo, but I feel it isn't positively looked...

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The Assumption of Mary

August 15 is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. Here are 5 things to know... 1) What is the Assumption of Mary? The Assumption of Mary is the teaching that: “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was...

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order. The first Carmelites were Christian hermits living on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land during the late 12th and early to mid 13th century. They built...

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The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Veneration of the two great Apostles, Peter and Paul, has its roots in the very foundations of the Church. They are the solid rock on which the Church is built. St. Peter suffered martyrdom under Nero, in A.D. 66 or 67. He was buried on the hill of the Vatican where...

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The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sacratissimi Cordis Iesu, in Latin) is one of the most widely practiced and well-known Roman Catholic devotions, with a feast day occurring on the Friday nineteen days after Pentecost. It began in Paray-le-Monial, a small...

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Cardinal Collins about Euthanasia

Statement from Cardinal Thomas Collins concerning Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide “I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel...” The Hippocratic Oath   “You shall not kill.” Exodus 20:13   “Contemplating Suicide? We Can...

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