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Taking Korvin Starmast's comment re. you question as my guide, I will answer within the general time-frame he points out: "The Modern Age (radio communications and the rampant rise of secularism in the 20th century) posed a much different scope and scale of challenge to the Faith than the Enlightenment era skepticism/attacks on the faith that preceded ...


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Strictly speaking, a religious order is a Church-approved congregation vowing poverty, chastity, and obedience that follows one of the four approved religious rules: Rule of St. Basil (356 AD) Rule of St. Benedict (530 AD) Rule of St. Augustine (423 AD) Rule of St. Francis of Assisi (1223 AD) The Church has guaranteed that anyone abiding by these rules ...


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Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14, NIV) Evangelisation the next generation is very difficult in every age. We are naturally inclined to sin and away from God. But ...


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How common have reports of paranormal activity and ghost or spirit apparitions been among Christians throughout history? Such phenomena are and have always been quite common throughout the history of the Church. Did not the Angel help St. Peter escape from prison in the Acts of the Apostles. Peter Freed from Prison 5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but ...


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Why was "lay investiture" condemned? The Concordat of Worms in 1122 finally ended the strife between the emperors and the Holy See That is to say it more or less granted autonomy of the Church from secular leaders (lack of autonomy within the Church was known as lay investiture). Prior to the Concordat of Worms in 1122, emperors and princes name ...


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The secular powers had too much power over the church, making the church an extension of the state. Individuals lacking proper spiritual training ran the affairs of monasteries and churches. The state used this arrangement to turn monasteries into revenue sources, diverting funds away from charitable purposes, depriving the poor of the help they needed. The ...


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Unique Catholic Blessings of local Churches? La benedizione deglie serpe In Aragona in southern Sicily on June 29, the Feast of St. Paul, they used to have a blessing for snakes. This benediction is no longer in use, but it reflects devotion to St. Paul as he was bitten by a viper while at Malta. This ritual was done away with just a few years ago. If you ...


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An Act of Parliament of 1563 required the Welsh bishops and the Bishop of Hereford to produce a Welsh translation of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer, and stipulated such should be used in areas where Welsh was the commonly spoken language (which then included parts of Herefordshire in England). Although the New Testament and Prayer Book appeared in ...


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It looks like "Fig. 128. Mitre, XII Century" in Herbert Norris, Church Vestments: Their Origin and Development (1950), ch. 9 "The Mitre": ibid. "Fig. 133. Diagram of Triangular Mitre" and "Fig. 134. The Mitre more fully Developed" gives a pattern which could perhaps be adapted to a 12th cen. mitre:


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What is Penance and what has been its traditional role in the Catholic Church? The term penance have several different meaning within Catholicism. Here follows as modern definition of the term: Penance The virtue or disposition of heart by which one repents of one's own sins and is converted to God. Also the punishment by which one atones for sins committed,...


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