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Catholic funerals invoke powerful prayers for the dead. Other funerals may do so as well, and are potent inasmuch as they incorporate prayer to the Lord Most High. Prayer is profitable for the souls of the dead in Purgatory, but to say that it 'shortens the time' one spends there is misleading at best. Medieval Catholicism would be rightly understood as ...


Some background: what Purgatory is, and what it is not Before answering the question, it is necessary to understand exactly what the Church means by “Purgatory.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) says the following: 1030. All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; ...

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