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Funeral Mass on Sunday?/Say rosary during Mass?

Funeral Mass on Sunday?/Say rosary during Mass? Q. Recently a funeral Mass was offered on a Sunday afternoon in our parish for a longtime parishioner. I believe I remember as a child being taught by the sisters in our Catholic school that funerals were never held on Sundays (except possibly in time of war or during the Middle Ages when the plagu...
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Thursday, March 07, 2019

Pope: Time for 'all-out battle' against crime of abuse

Pope: Time for 'all-out battle' against crime of abuse VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The time has come for an "all-out battle" against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis said, closing a global four-day summit on child protection in the Catholic Church.         ...
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

USCCB President issues statement on child-protection summit

ROME—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following statement on Feb. 24, the final day of a four-day meeting attended by Presidents of Bishops’ Conferences from across the globe. &#...
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

How excommunication works/10-minute limit on homilies?

How excommunication works/10-minute limit on homilies? Q. From what we are seeing on social media here in New York state, there seems to be some misunderstanding about what excommunication is and how it happens. Does the pope excommunicate someone, or can a bishop? Is there a process? What is the pastoral approach to something like this? What are the c...
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Properties of the Eucharist

Properties of the Eucharist Q. I firmly believe that at Mass the Eucharist becomes Christ's body and blood. But here's what I don't understand: Why then do the properties of the bread and wine still affect people --- for example, those with wheat allergies or alcoholics? (Danville, Indiana) A. Not surprisingly, this is a bit...
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Rite of betrothal/Praying for Pope Benedict

Rite of betrothal/Praying for Pope Benedict Q. I have heard that the "rite of betrothal" is becoming popular in certain young Catholic circles. What does this rite entail? Was it more common prior to the Second Vatican Council? Would you recommend that an engaged couple seek out this rite? (Washington) A. The rite of betrothal was a little-k...
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Bishops call Catholics to fight for the unborn  

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has issued the following statement in response to several states moving forward with legislation that would permit a baby to be aborted at nine...
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Pope urges Arabian Catholics to witness to Christ with love

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CNS) –  Meeting with tens of thousands of Catholics living in the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis urged them to be meek, peaceful and express their Christian identity by loving others.            ...
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Holy days of obligation/Disposing of relics

Holy days of obligation/Disposing of relics Q. Here in Columbus, the solemnity of Mary (Jan. 1) is a holy day of obligation. I have sisters, though, who live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in Los Angeles, and Jan. 1 is not a holy day of obligation in either place. Why would it not be the same everywhere? It seems this is such a serious ma...
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Adventure by Catholic terms: 'You were made for greatness'

Adventure by Catholic terms: 'You were made for greatness' All afternoon I had been hunkered over my MacBook, perched above a frozen lake and watching the sun cast pink into the clouds. I was thinking about what lie dormant and all the possibility below, waiting to thaw. My task at hand: editing a cover story about three Catholic families who had taken rad...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019