Can deacons perform the rite of exorcism or be appointed by their bishops to serve as exorcists? Father Edward McNamara answers this quesion in this article from Zenit.
Question: In the last 10 years I have attended a number of Catholic marriages and in none of them does the priest ever say, "I now declare you man and wife." What happened to that simple declarative statement and why has it been excised from the marriage vows? Father Edward McNamara looks at the Roman Catholic rite of matrimony in this article.
Here is John Paul II's apostolic letter 'Rosarium Virginis Mariae' on the Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which looks at the history of prayer, and the importance of the Holy Rosary in our Catholic faith.
It is very common today that moral assessments seem to center quite a lot around the intentions and feelings of the person involved. What is actually being done seems less significant and as long as a person “means well” or feels something is right then it is OK for them and we should make no further moral discernment... But, as Msgr Charles Pope explains, the fact is such criteria are not enough!
A revised translation of the New American Bible, which aims to be more accurate, will be released March 9. This revision, the most extensive in the past 20 years, reflects advances in linguistics of the biblical languages, new discoveries of ancient manuscripts, and changes in the English language.
It was the most important event in the history of Christianity since the Reformation and the Council of Trent. Forty-five years ago, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (8 December), Pope Paul VI closed the Second Vatican Council in St. Peter’s Basilica along with 2,300 bishops gathered from the entire world, solemnly invoked Mary under a new title: Mother of the Church. Read more about this history event in the Church's history in this article.
On Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8 Dec 2010, Pope Benedict XVI said that this day honoring Mary should give Christians “comfort” and remind them that God's mercy “is more powerful than evil.” Read more of the Pope's words in this article.
The Pope made this reflection today when he addressed members of the International Theological Commission at the close of the commission's plenary assembly.
While one can only have deep sympathy for Christopher Hitchens as he fights cancer, a recent interview on Australian television, shows that Hitchens retains illogical views on religion.
While reflecting on the example of St. Catherine of Sienna this week, Pope Benedict XVI said that in order to learn to love like Christ, we have to allow our hearts to be transformed... and that frequent, devoted reception of the Eucharist is key. Read more in this article...
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