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What is Pentecost?

Last edited 27th May 2012

Pentecost Sunday is celebrated 50 days after the Resurrection. It is the last day of Easter and commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the Virgin Mary.


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Pope Blesses Cross to Prepare for 2000th Anniversary of Jesus' Resurrection

Last edited 25th May 2012

This cross will make its way around the world. It was given to the Pope by a group of Ukrainians, as a way to mark 2,000 years since Jesus' death and Resurrection. The cross will travel to all major capitals, as a way to prepare for the anniversary and celebration in the year 2033.

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150 Titles of Christ from the Scriptures

Last edited 25th May 2012

There are many, many titles of Christ in both the New and Old Testaments - for example, Emmanuel, Last Adam, the Nazarene, and the Word of God. As one prays and studies them, they amount to a mini-Catechesis of the Lord Jesus.


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Vatican Publishes Rules on How to Prove if Apparitions are Legitimate

Last edited 25th May 2012

How does the Church determine if an apparition is genuine? The process is quite complex, so now, the Vatican's website lists the norms for understanding the alleged apparitions and revelations.


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Prayer for 'A Year of Grace'

Last edited 4th October 2012

On Pentecost Sunday, the Church in Australia begins a Year of Grace. Here is the official prayer!


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Pentecost in 2 Minutes

Last edited 16th May 2013

Can't remember what or when Pentecost is? Well for starters, it's this Sunday, and if you want a little more info on this celebration of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church, take a look at Busted Halo's two minute video.


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Silence and Word

Last edited 20th May 2012

Sunday 20th May marked the 46th World Communications Day, and for the occasion, Pope Benedict XVI has written a message call "Silence and Word". Watch this video to reflect on this message, which explores why silence is an important part of communications.


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How Prayer Can Help Us Overcome Weaknesses

Last edited 17th May 2012

On Wednesday 16 May, the Pope began a new chapter on catechesis. With roughly 11,000 people in St. Peter's Square, the Pope talked about St. Paul and his strong connection with prayer and the Holy Spirit. The Pope went on to say that with prayer, the Holy Spirit helps people overcome their weaknesses. He added that prayer is a way to give thanks, and also a means to request.

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U.S. Bishops Launch Prayer for Babies in Womb

Last edited 14th May 2012

It's official. Right on time for mother's day, there's a new prayer to bless both expectant parents and their child, while it's still in the mother's womb. The prayer is a way to highlight the dignity and sanctity of human life from the moment of conception. In fact, it will be read, for the first time, in several U.S parishes next Sunday to celebrate Mother's Day.


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Why are there Four Sets of Mysteries of the Rosary?

Last edited 10th May 2012

In recent years Pope John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary as a way of extending our meditation on the Gospel as the rosary is prayed - giving us four mysteries of the Rosary in total. But why has the Church chosen these four, i.e. the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries, for reflection? Is there any chance that the Church might add another series of mysteries in the future?


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