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Most American Catholics learn to receive Holy Communion in an orderly fashion, lining up pew by pew. This widespread custom differs markedly from the practices of many other Catholic countries. In … more
Santa Claus is real. More precisely commemorated as St. Nicholas (in Dutch, “Sinterklass,” later anglicized to “Santa”), the Church celebrates this 4th century bishop every … more
We’ve all heard the expression, “He’s only human.” Many of us (probably most of us) have used it in casual conversation at some point in the past. It’s very often said when someone makes an … more
“Neglect” is not a word we normally associate with the liturgical season of Advent, but we should! Advent is supposed to be a time of “hope” and “preparation” and “joyful expectation” … more
In the United States, on every fourth Thursday in November, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest, which is what … more
On December 11, 1925, Pope Pius XI signed and published his enlightening encyclical “Quas Primas,” which reaffirmed the Kingship of Jesus Christ. Prior to the Vatican II Council, the kingship of … more
As the country braces for another election cycle, it’s worth considering the role social media plays in the body politic. Like most instruments, tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the … more
Since 1990, the Church in the United States has celebrated Black Catholic history during the month of November. Following the example of saints from the African continent, countless African American … more
A bi-partisan bill, which makes certain acts of animal cruelty felonies, was passed unanimously in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives — a rare occurrence in Washington, D.C., … more
As Catholics, we say we believe in the “communion of saints.” We make that affirmation whenever we say the Apostles’ Creed. The Catechism tells us that the communion of saints is “the … more
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