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What do they (the Deacons) do that a Priest woud never do?

In the Latin rite of the Catholic Church we have permanent Deacons. What do they do that a Priest woud never do? I know they cannot say Mass and hear Confessions. There must be a good reason why we ...
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When does Transubstantiation during Holy Mass become absolute?

In some oriental Catholic rites, for example, the Syro Malabar rite of Holy Eucharistic, the prayers of Transubstantiation are followed by the Epiklesis, which is that part of the Anaphora (...
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How does a fellow Christian introduce his new family w/child to know and follow Jesus Christ? [closed]

I have a new family, which my fiancé and I married and have a 2.5 year old son. I now have the convictions and spouse to engage into our community church. We’ve finally settled into our house and ...
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What did St. Theresa of Àvila mean by the “Prayer of Recollection”?

From The Way of Perfection, chapter 28 It is a prayer that brings with it many blessings. This prayer is called "recollection," because the soul collects its faculties together and enters ...
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What was the origin of the practice of adding a halo around the pictures of Jesus and the saints? [duplicate]

We see at Ex 34:29: "Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone ...
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How do Catholic marriage laws differ by region?

(I'm asking for roman catholicism, but you can answer eastern or other full communion's if you want.) Example: You can see some of my questions on marriage law in the Philippines (for example, Q1 and ...
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Which regional rules of lent fasting or holy days of obligation should a Catholic follow?

If I'm Catholic Argentinian by birth and citizenship and reside in Argentina, then the only thing to check is if I'm Eastern Catholic or Roman Catholic. If I'm Roman Catholic, French in nationality ...
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Google calendar for catholic holdiays/holy days of obligation?

The one I've been subscribing to for almost 2 years is this one en-gb.christian#holiday@group.v.calendar.google.com This can be accessed here or here I guess (re region: I have not seen any ...
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Imaginary or legendary saints associated with Catholicism?

Imaginary or legendary saints associated with Catholicism? I am doing a little research on so called imaginary or completely legendary saints that have been associated with Catholicism in one way or ...
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How are the Communion wafers handled?

I'd like to understand the logistics of the Communion in the Roman Catholic Church. Let's suppose there's a Mass with around 100 people attending Eucharist. Does this mean that the priest has a stack ...
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Can a lay person or a group of lay faithful petition the Pope (Vatican) to de-canonize a Saint in light of new findings?

To be specific, I am talking about numerous views recently circulated in different articles saying the Sainthood of Pope St. John Paul II is questionable in light of the findings stated in the ...
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Why was Jesus angry with the money-changers at the Temple?

At Mtt 22:19-21 we see Jesus outwitting the Pharisees who inquired of him whether it was right to pay tax to Caesar: "Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and ...
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What keyboard hymnals do beginner piano accompanists use to learn the Catholic Mass?

I'm actually looking for a gift for my wife to buy me for Christmas, but in trying to make this an objective questions for this site, I'd like to know, assuming there is some sort of common ...
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What are the early Church Fathers' views on the veneration/honoring of Saints

I recently watched a video from the youtube channel Ascension Presents and Fr. Mike Schmitz on whether or not Catholics worship the saints. He quoted St. Augustine who said that we give the saints ...
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According to the Catholicism, what exactly is the meaning of “overshadowed” by the power of the most High in Luke 1:35?

According to the Catholic Church, what exactly is the meaning of “overshadowed” by the power of the most High in Luke 1:35? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, ...
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Should Catholics ignore Hebrews 13:3 if a Prisoner is excommunicated?

After researching "Excommunication", I discovered this publication regarding the Catholic Church : The Catholic Church cannot, nor does it wish to, oppose any obstacle to the internal ...
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Are priests who committed a sin together able to validly administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to each other?

The Vatican recently released a report about the Holy See's knowledge and involvement in former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's rise to prominence despite allegations of sexual misconduct. The report ...
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According to Catholicism, did Jesus whip the people selling cattle in the Temple?

We read at Jn 2:13-15 (KJV) And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: ...
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From a Catholic perspective what does it mean for all creatures to fulfill God's will whether they know and want to or not?

In the Diary of Saint Faustina, entry (586), Our Lord says--- And know this, too, My daughter: all creatures, whether they know it or not, and whether they want to or not, always fulfill My will. I ...
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What was the origin of the phrase “Abraham's Bosom” as used by Jesus?

We read at Luke 16:22-23 (KJV) " And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his ...
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Can '15 Prayers of St. Bridget of Sweden' be divided and prayed through the day?

Can '15 Prayers of St. Bridget of Sweden' be divided and prayed through the day? What about '7 Prayers of St. Bridget of Sweden', can they be likewise divided? Prayers mentioned are full of content, ...
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Is it only Roman Catholicism that teaches the possibility of universal vulnerability of demon possession?

An answer to this question, According to Catholicism, does reception of the gift of the Holy Spirit protect against demon possession?, indicates that the Catholic Church holds that everyone is liable ...
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According to Catholicism, how was Mary born without original sin?

I am slowly converting to Catholicism and am confused on the doctrine of Immaculate Conception. I do understand that it is Mary's conception that she was free from original sin. According to St. ...
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According to Catholicism, is there a place of reverence for Hagar in Christianity?

Genesis Chapters 16 and 21 give an account of Hagar, the Egyptian handmaid who was given in marriage to Abraham, bore him a son, Ishmael, and was later turned away so as not to stake claim of ...
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Does Any Connection Between St. Jeanne Jugan and St. John Vianney Exist?

In Francois Trochu's definitive biography of St. John Vianney, ``The Cure of Ars,'' the Little Sisters of the Poor is mentioned by the Saint to a young girl who wishes to enter that Order at Lyons. ...
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According to Catholicism, can someone sin in Heaven?

I know that Christians who die still imperfectly purified must, according to Catholic teaching, pass through a state of purification known as purgatory before entering heaven. But does this ...
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According to Catholicism, does reception of the gift of the Holy Spirit protect against demon possession?

A Catholic answer to this question regarding instances of animal-like behaviors in spiritual movements in history included reference to the Loudon possessions in 1634 in France in which a group of ...
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Was Jesus a man of few words, according to Catholic Church?

We read at Mtt 5:1-2(KJV): And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,... The phrase '...
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According to Catholicism, is are there any teachings or traditions about who was the host of the house where Jesus celebrated his Last Supper?

According to Catholicism, is are there any teachings or traditions that may shed light on who was the host of the house where Jesus celebrated his Last Supper and how such a host may have known how to ...
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Are Catholic Trunk-or-Treat parties considered Halloween or All-Saint's-Day parties?

Many Catholic churches in the U.S. consider Trunk-or-Treat as a "Christ-centered, safe, family celebration". With expectations that volunteer workers' costumes & stations allude to ...
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According to the Catholic Tradition, Are People in Heaven Waiting for Other People to Die?

According to the Catholic Tradition, are people in Heaven waiting for other people to die? Or are they very busy chatting with God, the angels, and other people who have already died and gone to ...
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Did any saint pray '15 Prayers of Saint Bridget of Sweden'?

Was there any saint (or blessed, or venerable) that prayed '15 Prayers of Saint Bridget of Sweden'? Does any saint (or blessed, or venerable) recommend that prayer? Did the St. Bridget pray them?
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How much of the deuterocanonical books are true?

I found this book on Christian Doctrine in my class (I go to a private Christian school) and you could clearly tell it was of protestant bias. It stated that the deuterocanonical books contradict what ...
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Is the sequencing of three tests of Jesus at Matthew 22 in chronological order?

We read of three different tests of Jesus `taken'by the Pharisees and the Sadducees at Matthew 22: ""Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their ...
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What is the Catholic Church's view on curses and their after-effects?

We see at Exodus 20:232-24 (NRSVCE): "You shall not abuse any widow or orphan. If you do abuse them, when they cry out to me, I will surely heed their cry; my wrath will burn, and I will kill ...
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What is the official Catholic position on same-sex marriage and same-sex civil partnerships?

The reason I ask is because a documentary of Pope Francis' papacy was shown at the Rome Film Festival on October 21st. Some of the newspaper headlines I've seen seem rather inflammatory and so I am ...
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According to Catholicism must we all suffer in life?

In the Catholic Church there is a certain mystic aspect regarding to the suffering of Jesus Christ in which often faithful who go trough sufferings, especially for the faith, see their suffering as ...
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Reference request about St. John Vianney and the Miraculous Medal?

I have come across on a couple of websites (one a blog), but never in a book, the following conversation between the Cure d'Ars and one of his penitents: ``Do you remember that you went to a ball on ...
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How does the Catholic Church explain the juxtaposition of two tenets of faith with two different pre-conditions at Roman 10:9?

We read in Roman 10:9: Romans 10:9 (NRSVCE): “because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” On wonders why ...
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Does the Catholic Church have a policy on how altars are to be destroyed?

Recently, I saw some articles about how a Catholic priest got defrocked following his arrest for performing indecent activities in a public place, after a bystander walking past his church one night ...
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If your the cathedral parish of your diocese has burned down, is the feast day of the patron saint still a solemnity?

I was listening to the latest episode of the Catholic Man Show where they were saying that in your diocese the feast day for the patron saint of your cathedral parish is a solemnity. He told us that ...
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Is using medication derived from tissue of aborted fetuses compatible with Catholic teaching?

Obviously no one should take any medical advice from StackExchange, but from a purely theological/canon-law perspective: What does Catholic teaching or canon law say about using medicine developed ...
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How does Catholic Church explain the reference to Christ at 1 Cor. 10?

We read at 1 Corinthians 10: 1 Corinthians 10:1-5, 9 (NRSVCE): I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and ...
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Was St. Joseph always a righteous man?

We read at Mtt 1:18-19 (NRSVCE): Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with ...
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Was there a paradigm shift in Jesus' interaction with women between the beginning and end of his public life [closed]

While reading Chapter 4 of John, one gets the impression that in the beginning of his public life, Jesus was a shy person in so far as interacting with women was concerned : Just then his disciples ...
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Is Panentheism a heresy?

I’ve been exploring Panentheism (not to be confused with Pantheism) and certain elements speak to my own experience of God. I also understand that this theology is embraced by some contemporary ...
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Are people who light those candles (votive candles) supposed to take a vow?

In Catholic Churches we light votive candles. I have never really understood what "votive" refers to. Are people who light those candles supposed to take a vow?
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Historically, what would happen if a church could not afford or provide wine for the sake of the Eucharist?

I assume that at some point in the 2000 year history, there were churches that found it hard to obtain wine at some point. What did the church teach could or should be done in these situations?
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Catholic remembrance services for a death elsewhere?

If a person dies and is given a Catholic funeral and service, but that person has a lot of family in a location that was too far away to attend the service, is there an official Roman Catholic service ...
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Does the phrase “in good standing” have a definition in Catholicism?

I'm helping draft a some statutes for a Catholic Lay Organization and we want to come up with a fairly exclusive group for our leadership and thought. The phrase, "Catholic in good standing" ...

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