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Advent Wreath Prayer for the Fourth Week of Advent
In the Advent wreath prayer for the Fourth Week of Advent, we ask Christ to forgive us for our sins and to create us anew when He comes.

Advent Wreath Prayer for the First Week of Advent
In the First Week of Advent, we pray that Christ will come, to set us free from our sins and from the punishment that we deserve. He is our salvation.

Advent Wreath Prayer for the Second Week of Advent
In the Second Week of Advent, we ask Christ to move us to action, so that we can prepare ourselves for His coming at Christmas.

Advent Wreath Prayer for the Third Week of Advent
In the Advent wreath prayer for the Third Week of Advent, we ask Christ to grant us His grace that we may be prepared to welcome His Birth at Christmas.

O Good Jesus - A Prayer to the Most Holy Name of Jesus
This traditional prayer to the Most Holy Name of Jesus recognizes the power of Jesus' Name and invokes His Name in praying for His mercy.

Catholic Holy Days and Holidays
Learn about the holy days and holidays of the Catholic calendar and explore the richness of Catholicism through the history of the Church's feasts and seasons.

Proclamation of the Birth of Christ (Roman Martyrology)
This Proclamation of the Birth of Christ from the Roman Martyrology is read at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

The Season of Lent in the Catholic Church
What is the season of Lent in the Catholic Church? Learn more about the traditions and practices of Lent.

Good Friday - Good Friday in the Catholic Church
What is Good Friday? What do Catholics commemorate on Good Friday? How do Catholics celebrate Good Friday? Why is Good Friday called good? Find the answers to these and similar frequently asked questions about Good Friday here.

Why Is Good Friday Called Good Friday?
Since Good Friday is the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified, why is it called Good Friday?

Did Pope Benedict XVI Condemn Halloween?
The U.K. Daily Mail claims that Pope Benedict declared Halloween dangerous and anti-Christian. Did he really do so?

A Prayer for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This Prayer for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary makes a perfect novena in preparation for celebrating the Virgin Mary's birthday.

Catholicism and the Catholic Church (Articles and Resources)
Learn more about Catholicism and deepen your understanding of Christian life within the Catholic Church.

The Saints of the Catholic Church (Biographies and Prayers)
Learn about the saints of the Catholic Church and find prayers to and by these holy men and women.

The Evangelists - The Writers of the Gospels
The Four Evangelists—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—wrote the four Gospels. Learn more about each of the Four Evangelists.

Martyrs - Witnesses for Christ
Martyrs are saints who have given their lives in defense of the Christian Faith. Read about the lives of various martyrs.

Saint Mark - The Second Evangelist
Saint Mark is the second of the four evangelists and a companion of Saints Peter and Paul. Learn more about the life of Saint Mark.

Why Do Catholics Pray to Saints? (And Should They?)
Catholic prayer to the saints is a recognition that our union with the saints continues even though they are in Heaven and we are on earth.

What Is a Saint? (And How Do You Become One?)
Saints are men and women who lived extraordinary lives of virtue. Learn more about these holy men and women who have already entered Heaven.

The Eight Beatitudes: The Blessings of a Christian Life
Find the text of the Eight Beatitudes, the blessings promised by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount to those who live the Christian life.

The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on September 8, exactly nine months after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

What Is the Cardinal Virtue of Temperance?
Learn more about temperance, the fourth cardinal virtue, which is concerned with the control of the desire for pleasure, both physical and spiritual.

What Are the Sacraments of Initiation for Christians?
The sacraments of initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion—are the three primary sacraments on which our life as a Christian depends.

When Is the Virgin Mary's Birthday?
Catholics celebrate the Virgin Mary's birthday as the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When is the Virgin Mary's birthday?

The Novena of the Week (from About Catholicism)
Every week, find a new novena selected by Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism expert for About.com.

The Novena of the Week (from About Catholicism)
Every week, find a new novena selected by Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism expert for About.com.

The Novena of the Week (from About Catholicism)
Every week, find a new novena selected by Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism expert for About.com.

The Novena of the Week (from About Catholicism)
Every week, find a new novena selected by Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism expert for About.com.

The Novena of the Week (from About Catholicism)
Every week, find a new novena selected by Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism expert for About.com.

A Prayer of Saint Augustine to the Blessed Virgin Mary
In this prayer, Saint Augustine of Hippo illustrates both Christian reverence for the Mother of God and the proper understanding of intercessory prayer.

A Prayer to Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Confessor
This prayer to Saint Gregory the Great calls to mind the definitive role played by this pope in shaping the medieval Church.

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Feast of the Visitation celebrates the Virgin Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth shortly after the Annunciation. Learn about the Visitation of Mary.

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When is this holiday? When is that season? If you're looking for the answer to

Hail Holy Queen (The Salve Regina)
The Hail Holy Queen or Salve Regina is one of four special anthems to the Virgin Mary that are prayed as part of Catholic daily prayers.

The Feast of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Learn more about the Assumption of Mary, which commemorates the death of the Virgin Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven.

When Is the Assumption? (In This and Other Years)
The Assumption commemorates the bodily assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven. Find the date of the Assumption in this and other years.

In Honor of the Assumption (A Prayer of Pope Pius XII)
This beautiful prayer was written by Pope Pius XII, who defined the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Did the Virgin Mary Die Before Her Assumption?
Did the Blessed Virgin Mary die before she was assumed into Heaven? Find the traditional answer of the Christian Church, East and West.

Is Assumption a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary a Holy Day of Obligation? The answer is normally yes, but not always.

How Is the Date of Ash Wednesday Determined?
Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, falls on a different date each year. How is the date of Ash Wednesday determined?

What Does Ordinary Time Mean in the Catholic Church?
Ordinary Time makes up most of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church. What do Catholics mean when they refer to Ordinary Time?

How (and Why) Catholics Make the Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross is the most common of all Catholic prayers, expressing the most essential Christian beliefs. Learn how to make the Sign of the Cross.

Should Catholics Celebrate Halloween?
Is Halloween Catholic? It's as Catholic as the Pope! Learn about the Catholic origins of Halloween, and why Catholics should celebrate Halloween.

Is Transfiguration a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!

When Is the Transfiguration? (In This and Other Years)
The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord falls on a different day of the week each year. Find the date of the Transfiguration in this and other years.

August - The Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Find prayers for the month of August, dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which represents the desire of Mary to bring all people to her Son.

Ten Things to Know About the Traditional Latin Mass
Have you ever wanted to attend the Traditional Latin Mass but were afraid to do so? Here's everything you need to know before you go.

Living a Catholic Life (Tips and Techniques)
Learn more about Catholic spiritual practices that will help you put your faith into action.

Natural Family Planning: A Personal Perspective
How did a couple who wanted to have three children end up with eight? The answer is NFP—but not in the way you might think.

Natural Family Planning - An Introduction
Natural Family Planning is a scientific method for determining human fertility through the observation of a woman's biological cycles. Learn more about NFP.

NFP Works! Just Ask the Guttmacher Institute
How does Natural Family Planning compare with artificial forms of contraception? The answer may surprise you.

Natural Family Planning Resources Online
Natural Family Planning (NFP) covers a number of scientific methods for determining human fertility. Find information on different NFP methods.

Does Easter Have to Come After Passover? (And Why Not?)
Does the date of Easter depend on the date of Passover? And why do Eastern Christians usually celebrate Easter on a different date from Western ones?

The Litany of the Holy Spirit - A Prayer for Grace
This litany, also known as the Litany of the Holy Ghost, reminds us of the many attributes of the Holy Spirit, while asking for His guidance and grace.

Changes to the Catholic Mass (In the New Translation)
A complete list of the changes to the Catholic Mass, in the translation first used starting in Advent 2011.

Lent Recipes for Ash Wednesday and the Fridays in Lent
Lent recipes do not have to mean bland food. Try these delicious meatless recipes for Ash Wednesday and the Fridays in Lent!

Lent Recipes for Ash Wednesday and the Fridays in Lent
Lent recipes do not have to mean bland food. Try these delicious meatless recipes for Ash Wednesday and the Fridays in Lent!

When Does Lent End? (The Answer Might Surprise You)
Every year, debate rages about when Lent ends. There are two correct answers (and neither one is Palm Sunday). When does Lent end?

Holy Thursday - The Mass of the Last Supper
Holy Thursday is the day that Christ celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples. Learn more about the history and practice of Holy Thursday.

When Is Holy Week? (In This and Other Years)
Holy Week, the final week before Easter, covers different dates each year. Find Holy Week dates for this year, previous years, and future years.

When Is Palm Sunday? (In This and Other Years)
Palm Sunday, the final Sunday before Easter, falls on a different date each year. Find the date of Palm Sunday for this and future years.

When Is Holy Saturday? (In This and Other Years)
Holy Saturday is the final day of the Triduum, the three days during which Christians commemorate Christ's Passion. When is Holy Saturday?

The Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church
What does the Catholic Church teach about the Sacrament of Marriage, and how does the Sacrament of Marriage differ from a natural marriage?

Catholicism 101: An Introduction to the Catholic Church
Wondering what Catholics believe and do? Learn about the basic beliefs and practices of Catholicism.

Catholic Prayers for Children: Ten Your Child Should Know
These ten Catholic prayers are essential for children. Find links to all of the prayers, as well as tips on how to help your children learn them.

Catholic Holy Days of Obligation in the United States
There are ten Catholic Holy Days of Obligation, but only six are currently celebrated in the United States. Find the complete list.

Should I Give Up My Diet for Lent?
What should we do when our Lenten fasting conflicts with dieting? Find some tips on how to observe both.

Can You Break Lent on Sundays? Rules of Lenten Fasting
If you give up something for Lent, should you avoid that food or activity on Sundays? Or can you partake of it without breaking your Lenten fast?

The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ
The feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ celebrates the revelation of Christ's divine glory on Mount Tabor in Galilee.

Six Myths About NFP That Everyone Knows to Be True
Natural Family Planning is probably something different from what you think it is. Here are six reasons why the myths about NFP aren't true.

Humanae Vitae - A Summary of the Encyclical
Learn more about Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical reaffirming the Catholic Church's traditional teaching on birth control and abortion.

The Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the perfection of baptism in the Catholic Church. Learn about the history and practice of Catholic Confirmation.

The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16)
Learn more about the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which celebrates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to St. Simon Stock on July 16, 1251.

Summorum Pontificum - On the Traditional Latin Mass
A summary of Pope Benedict's Summorum Pontificum, which restored the ancient Traditional Latin Mass as one of the two approved forms of the Mass.

Prayers for July, the Month of the Precious Blood
Learn about the Precious Blood of Jesus, the Catholic devotion for the month of July, and find prayers to the Precious Blood.

The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ
The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ is known for the visitation of the Wise Men. Learn more about one of the oldest Christian feasts.

On What Day Did Jesus Christ Rise From the Dead?
Learn about the day of Jesus Christ's Resurrection in this lesson inspired by Question 89 of the Baltimore Catechism.

Saint Stephen - The First Deacon and the First Martyr
Saint Stephen was one of the first deacons and the first Christian martyr. Learn more about the life of Saint Stephen.

Confession and the Age of First Communion
Should the age of First Communion for children be raised because too few Catholics go to Confession?

What Is the Definition of a Sacrament in Catholicism?
Learn more about what a sacrament means in the Catholic Church in this lesson inspired by Question 136 of the Baltimore Catechism.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders in the Catholic Church
The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ's priesthood. Learn about the history and practice of ordination in the Catholic Church.

The Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church
Why is baptism necessary, and what does it mean to be baptized? Learn about the practice of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church.

The Sacraments of the Catholic Church
The Catholic Church recognizes seven sacraments, instituted by Christ. Learn more about these outward signs of inward grace.

Getting Married in the Catholic Church: What's Required?
Marriage is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. What are the requirements for having a Catholic wedding?

What Makes a Catholic Marriage Valid? (And Who Decides?)
Was Pope Francis correct in claiming that the great majority of Catholic marriages are invalid?

What Is Matrimony? | The Definition of Matrimony
Matrimony is often used as a synonym for marriage, but there are some important differences. What is matrimony, and how does it differ from marriage?

Blessing Your Advent Wreath (In Seven Simple Steps)
Find a step-by-step guide on how to bless your Advent wreath on or near the First Sunday of Advent.

The Virtue of Fortitude: A Gift of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about virtue of fortitude, a cardinal virtue and a gift of the Holy Spirit that allows us to overcome fear.

Justice: The Second Cardinal Virtue
Learn more about justice, the cardinal virtue that is concerned with giving each person what he or she is rightfully due.

How Do You Light an Advent Wreath? (Step by Step)
Find complete instructions on how to light your Advent wreath, along with links to Advent wreath prayers for each week of Advent.

Halloween
Learn more about Halloween, the eve of All Saints Day, and its roots in Catholic beliefs and practices.

The Christmas Season in the Catholic Church
Learn more about the feasts that fall during the Christmas season in the Catholic Church.

When Does the Christmas Season? (Catholic Christmas)
When does the Christmas season actually start? It's probably much later than you think it does.

Catholic Beliefs and Teachings
An in-depth examination of the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church.

The About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards
The About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards recognize the best Catholic organizations, people, and products in ten categories.

Catholic News
Catholic news from around the world, brought to you by About Catholicism.

Just War Doctrine: The Catholic Church's Just War Theory
What are the conditions that determine the justice of a war? Learn more about the just-war theory of the Catholic Church.

Confession and Communion: When Do I Have to Confess?
What is the difference between venial and mortal sin, and which require you to go to Confession before receiving Communion?

Who Was Born Without Original Sin?
Catholics believe that three people were born without Original Sin. Who were they, and why do Catholics believe each was born without Original Sin?

Rules for Fasting and Abstinence in the Catholic Church
Catholics are required to fast and abstain from meat at certain times. Find the rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent and on Fridays.

What Is the Biblical Basis for Purgatory?
Contrary to popular belief, the doctrine of Purgatory is based solidly on the Bible. Learn more about the biblical basis of Purgatory.

Quick Tips for Living a Sacramental Life
As summer begins and our thoughts turn to vacation, it's easy to lose sight of the importance of the sacraments in our lives.

A Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty
The Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty was composed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the Fortnight for Freedom.

Saint Anthony of Padua - Priest and Doctor of the Church
Saint Anthony of Padua is best known as the patron saint of lost items, but there's much more to the life of this great preacher and wonder-worker.

Saint Ephrem's Prayer of Praise to Blessed Virgin Mary
The beautiful prayer of praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary was written by Saint Ephrem the Syrian.

The Prayer of Saint Ephrem the Syrian (A Lenten Prayer)
The prayer of Saint Ephrem the Syrian is a common Lenten prayer used by both Eastern Rite Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. Find the text here.

Saint Ephrem the Syrian, Deacon and Doctor of the Church
Saint Ephrem the Syrian is best known for his hymn-writing and defense of orthodox trinitarianism against the Arians. Learn more about Saint Ephrem.

What Is the Tridentine Mass? (The Traditional Latin Mass)
The Traditional Latin Mass or Tridentine Mass is the ancient liturgy of the Catholic Church. Learn more about the history and form of the Latin Mass.

Questions and Answers From the Baltimore Catechism
The Baltimore Catechism is the most famous summary of Christian beliefs produced in America. Find the questions and answers from the Confirmation Edition.

The Papacy of the Catholic Church
The papacy is the term for the office and the authority of the pope of Rome, the successor to Saint Peter and head of the universal Church.

When Is Trinity Sunday? (In This and Other Years)
Trinity Sunday celebrates the Christian belief that God is Three Persons yet One God. Find the date of Trinity Sunday in this and other years.

Prayers for June - The Month of the Sacred Heart
The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart represents Christ's love for all mankind.

When Is the Feast of the Sacred Heart?
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus celebrates Christ's love for all mankind. When is the Feast of the Sacred Heart?

Mother Teresa's Daily Prayer - To Be a Light to Others
The Daily Prayer of Mother Teresa reminds us that the reason we care for the bodily needs of others is to help bring their souls to Christ.

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14) celebrates the instrument of our salvation. Learn more about this ancient feast.

What Are the Rules for Fasting Before Communion?
To receive Communion, you must fast for one hour from food and drink, except for water and medicine. Learn more about fasting before Communion.

When Should You Put Up Your Christmas Tree?
Do you know when to put up a Christmas tree? Find the traditional answer and some suggestions on when to put up your Christmas tree.

What Is a Novena? (Definition and Examples)
What do Catholics mean when they refer to a prayer as a novena? Find the definition of novena and examples.

A Novena to the Sacred Heart
In this Novena to the Sacred Heart, we pray for nine days in trust and confidence in the mercy and love of Christ, that He might grant our request.

Tantum Ergo Sacramentum - A Hymn by St. Thomas Aquinas
The Tantum Ergo Sacramentum is the final verses of the Pange Lingua Gloriosi, a hymn composed by Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Prayer to St. Philip Neri for Friday (for Detachment)
A prayer for Friday to St. Philip Neri, the Apostle of Rome, to obtain detachment from worldly goods.

Prayer to St. Philip Neri for Sunday (for Humility)
These prayers to St. Philip Neri, the Apostle of Rome, reflect his virtues, and ask God to grant us the same virtues.

Prayer to St. Philip Neri for Monday (for Patience)
A prayer for Monday to St. Philip Neri, the Apostle of Rome, to obtain the virtue of patience.

Prayer to St. Philip Neri for Tuesday (for Purity)
A prayer for Tuesday to St. Philip Neri, the Apostle of Rome, to obtain the virtue of purity.

Prayer to St. Philip Neri for Wednesday (for Love of God)
A prayer for Wednesday to St. Philip Neri, the Apostle of Rome, to obtain the love of God.

Prayer to St. Philip Neri for Thursday (for Love of Neighbor)
A prayer for Thursday to St. Philip Neri, the Apostle of Rome, to obtain the love of one's neighbor.

Prayer to St. Philip Neri for Saturday (for Perseverance)
A prayer for Saturday to St. Philip Neri, the Apostle of Rome, to obtain the grace of perseverance.

Prayer 101: All About Prayer in the Catholic Church
What is prayer, what are the types of prayer, and how can you integrate prayer into every aspect of your daily life?

What Is Prayer? A Catholic Definition
Prayer is a form of communication, a way of talking to God or to the saints. Learn more about prayer and how to pray.

Saints 101: All About Saints in the Catholic Church
Many Christians misunderstand the Catholic devotion to the saints. Learn more about the Catholic understanding of the role of saints.

The Litany of the Saints (An Ancient Catholic Prayer)
The Litany of the Saints is one of the oldest prayers in continuous use in the Catholic Church. Find the text and history of the Litany of the Saints.

St. Maria Faustina Kowalska - Apostle of Divine Mercy
Saint Faustina (Maria Faustina Kowalska) is known as the Apostle of the Divine Mercy for her promotion of devotion to the Divine Mercy of Christ.

Dates of Catholic Holy Days and Holidays
The dates of many Catholic holy days and holidays change from year to year. Find the dates of these moveable feasts for this and future years.

When Is Easter? (In This and Other Years)
Easter is a moveable feast, which means that it falls on a different date each year. Find the date of Easter in this and other years.

The Season of Advent in the Catholic Church
Advent is a period of preparation before Christmas. Learn more about the season of Advent in the Catholic Church.

The Liturgical Seasons of the Catholic Church
Learn about the six seasons of the Catholic liturgical year: Advent, Christmas, Lent, the Triduum, Easter, and Ordinary Time.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion in the Catholic Church
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, the third of the Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church.

Corpus Christi - The Feast of Christ's Body and Blood
The Feast of Corpus Christi celebrates the mystery of the Body and Blood of Christ. Learn more about the Feast of Corpus Christi.

The Tradition of Ember Days in the Catholic Church
Ember Days mark the change of both the natural and the liturgical seasons in the Christian Church. Learn more about this ancient practice.

A Prayer to Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr
In this prayer to Saint Blaise, we ask for the grace to preserve our faith and to defend the truth of Christianity from attack.

When Is Laetare Sunday? (In This and Other Years)
Laetare Sunday, the Fourth Sunday in Lent, falls on a different date each year. Find the date of Laetare Sunday in this and other years.

The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
A meditation on the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary.

Meditations on the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
An introduction to the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, followed by meditations on each mystery.

The Resurrection - The First Glorious Mystery of the Rosary
A meditation on the Resurrection, the First Glorious Mystery of the Rosary.

The Ascension - The Second Glorious Mystery of the Rosary
A meditation on the Ascension of Our Lord, the Second Glorious Mystery of the Rosary.

The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Third Glorious Mystery)
A meditation on the Descent of the Holy Spirit, the Third Glorious Mystery of the Rosary.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - The Fourth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary
A meditation on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Fourth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary.

Pentecost Sunday - The Coming of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Virgin Mary.

The Catholic View of Salvation: Was Christ's Death Enough?
Do Catholics believe that Christ's death atoned for all of our sins? If so, why does the Catholic Church believe in Purgatory?

The Four Cardinal Virtues (And What They Mean)
The cardinal virtues are the four principal moral virtues. All other virtues hinge on these four: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.

What Are Last Rites, And How Are They Performed?
Learn more about Last Rites, the sacraments and prayers that Catholics receive at the end of their lives.

What Are the Effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation?
Learn more about the effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation in this lesson inspired by Question 176 of the Baltimore Catechism.

The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church
The seven sacraments are the life of the Catholic Church and the source of the graces that Christian need to live a Christian life.

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, traditionally known as Extreme Unction or Last Rites, is meant to heal both body and soul.

The Sacrament of Confession in the Catholic Church
What is Confession, and why does the Catholic Church teach that Christians must confess their sins to a priest?

What Is the Theological Virtue of Faith?
Faith, the first of the three theological virtues, allows us to grasp the truth of divine revelation. Learn more about the virtue of faith.

The Major Differences Between Anglicanism and Catholicism
What are the doctrinal and practical concerns that separate the Anglican Church from the Catholic Church?

Saint Nicholas of Myra - The Saint Who Became Santa Claus
Saint Nicholas of Myra is a Christmas icon and one of the most beloved saints of all time. Learn more about the life and legend of Saint Nicholas.

Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes - Opening Prayer
This prayer can be prayed as the opening prayer of each day of the Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes or by itself as a shorter version of the novena.

Prayers and Meditations for the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots
These are the meditations for each of the nine days of the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, along with the closing prayer, which is prayed every day of the novena.

Daily Prayers and Readings for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria
Find the daily text of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, along with the opening and closing prayers, which are prayed every day of the novena.

Novenas - Assorted Novenas
The novena, or nine-day prayer, is a powerful tool in our prayer life. This collection of novenas for every season of the liturgical calendar and to an assortment of saints is a good place to start to integrate novenas into your daily prayers.

Devotions to the Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ
Learn about the devotions that the Catholic Church encourages the faithful to practice in honor of the Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ.

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A Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes (For a Request)
This Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes can be prayed anytime, but it's especially appropriate in the days before February 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

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Scripture Readings for the Second Week of Advent
Find Scripture readings for each day of the Second Week of Advent, along with a brief commentary on each reading.

Scripture Readings for the First Week of Advent
Find Scripture readings for each day of the First Week of Advent, as well as a brief commentary on each reading.

Celebrating Advent With Family Activities and Devotions
These activities and devotions can help us celebrate Advent as it is meant to be celebrated so that we can greet Christmas with greater joy.

When and Why Do Catholics Abstain From Meat?
When and why do Catholics abstain from meat? Learn more about abstinence in the Catholic Church.

What Is Lent? | The Definition of Lent and FAQs
Learn more about Lent, the 40-day period of preparation for Easter Sunday and one of the major liturgical seasons of the Christian church.

Why Do Catholics Fast? (And When Do They Do It?)
What does fasting mean? Why and when do Catholics fast? Learn more about the spiritual discipline of fasting in the Catholic Church.

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit (and What They Mean)
Learn about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, as enumerated in Isaiah 11:2-3, which perfect the virtues of those Christians who receive them.

Prayers for May - The Month of the Virgin Mary
The Catholic Church dedicates the month of May to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Learn more, and find prayers for May.

How to Pray the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Learn how to pray the rosary, the best-known and most popular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Why Does the Catholic Church Have So Many Man-Made Rules?
If Christ is the head of the church and he came to free people from bondage to the law, then why are there so many man-made rules in the Catholic Church?

Prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary for Habitual Prayer
In this prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary, we ask the Virgin Mary to help us develop a habit of interior prayer through the daily recitation of the rosary.

Novena to the Holy Family for a Special Favor
This traditional Novena to the Holy Family reminds us that our family is the primary classroom in which we learn the truths of the Catholic Faith, and that the Holy Family should always be the model for our own.

December Prayers - Month of the Immaculate Conception
Find popular Catholic prayers for December, the Month of the Immaculate Conception.

Prayer in Honor of Saint Scholastica
In this short prayer in honor of Saint Scholastica, we ask God to grant us the grace to live our lives in imitation of Saint Scholastica's virtues.

A Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
In this prayer, written by St. Alphonsus Liguori, we ask the Holy Spirit to grant us His seven gifts.

The Glory Be - A Prayer to the Holy Trinity
Find the text of the Glory Be, one of the earliest known prayers to refer to the Holy Trinity.

Prayer to the Eternal Father - Offering Blood of Christ
In this prayer, we are reminded that repentance for our sins goes hand in hand with the struggles of the whole Church.

Saint Andrew Novena - The Christmas Anticipation Prayer
The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena is prayed 15 times every day from the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle until Christmas.

An Act of Hope - A Common Morning Prayer
Find the text of a traditional Act of Hope, a common morning prayer.

Prayer to Our Suffering Savior for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
The Prayer to Our Suffering Savior for the Holy Souls in Purgatory is the closing prayer of the Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory - Day 3
Prayers for the Third Day of St. Alphonsus Liguori's Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory - Day 2
Prayers for the Second Day of St. Alphonsus Liguori's Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory - Day 8
Prayers for the Eighth Day of St. Alphonsus Liguori's Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory - Day 7
Prayers for the Seventh Day of St. Alphonsus Liguori's Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory - Day 6
Prayers for the Sixth Day of St. Alphonsus Liguori's Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory - Day 9
Prayers for the Ninth Day of St. Alphonsus Liguori's Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory - Day 5
Prayers for the Fifth Day of St. Alphonsus Liguori's Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
In St. Alphonsus Liguori's Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, we seek repentance and ask mercy for those who have died.

Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory - Day 1
Prayers for the First Day of St. Alphonsus Liguori's Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory - Day 4
Prayers for the Fourth Day of St. Alphonsus Liguori's Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

A Novena to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
In this novena we ask Mother Cabrini, the first American saint, to intercede for us, so that we will understand God's will for our lives.

Holy Days of Obligation in the Latin Rites
The Catholic Church currently has ten Holy Days of Obligation. Find a list of and a short explanation of each.

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated 19 days after Pentecost Sunday. Learn more about this celebration of Christ's love for mankind.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
The Immaculate Conception is the subject of many misconceptions. Learn more about the feast and the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
The Baptism of the Lord, commemorating Christ's Baptism by St. John the Baptist, celebrates the revelation of the Trinity. Learn more about this important feast.

When Is Holy Thursday? Years 2007-2025
Holy Thursday, the first day of the Triduum, falls on a different date each year. Find the date of Holy Thursday in this, previous, and future years.

Lenten Appetizers for the Busy Cook
Ash Wednesday and meatless Fridays, during Lent or throughout the year, can present a challenge for the busy cook. All of these appetizer recipes are meat-free and very easy to prepare.

Scripture Readings for Holy Week in the Catholic Church
The readings for Holy Week, the final week of Lent, from the Office of the Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours, the daily prayer of the Catholic Church.

What Is Detraction and Why Is It a Sin?
Learn more about detraction, its damaging effects, why Christians consider detraction a sin, and how to avoid engaging in detraction.

Which Are the Effects of the Sacrament of Matrimony?
Question 285 of the Baltimore Catechism asks,

How to Make an Advent Wreath - Make Your Own Advent Wreath
For many Catholic families, the centerpiece of their Advent celebration is the Advent wreath. Find complete illustrated instructions for making your own Advent wreath.

Instructions for How to Make an Easy Advent Wreath
Find complete instructions for making your own Advent wreath and make the Advent wreath part of your Advent celebration.

How to Make an Advent Wreath - Make Your Own Advent Wreath
For many Catholic families, the centerpiece of their Advent celebration is the Advent wreath. Find complete illustrated instructions for making your own Advent wreath.

How to Make an Advent Wreath - Make Your Own Advent Wreath
For many Catholic families, the centerpiece of their Advent celebration is the Advent wreath. Find complete illustrated instructions for making your own Advent wreath.

How to Make an Advent Wreath - Make Your Own Advent Wreath
For many Catholic families, the centerpiece of their Advent celebration is the Advent wreath. Find complete illustrated instructions for making your own Advent wreath.

How to Make an Advent Wreath - Make Your Own Advent Wreath
For many Catholic families, the centerpiece of their Advent celebration is the Advent wreath. Find complete illustrated instructions for making your own Advent wreath.

How to Make an Advent Wreath - Make Your Own Advent Wreath
For many Catholic families, the centerpiece of their Advent celebration is the Advent wreath. Find complete illustrated instructions for making your own Advent wreath.

How to Make an Advent Wreath - Make Your Own Advent Wreath
For many Catholic families, the centerpiece of their Advent celebration is the Advent wreath. Find complete illustrated instructions for making your own Advent wreath.

How to Make an Advent Wreath - Make Your Own Advent Wreath
For many Catholic families, the centerpiece of their Advent celebration is the Advent wreath. Find complete illustrated instructions for making your own Advent wreath.

Date of Easter in 2019 and Other Resources
Find the date of Easter 2019 and links to other Easter resources.

What Is the Date of Easter 2018?
Easter 2018 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2018 and links to other Easter resources.

Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Holy Days 2017
This Catholic calendar for 2017 lists the dates of the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States, as well as the dates of moveable feasts.

Dates for the Beginning and End of Lent 2016
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2016.

Pope Francis: "The Word of God Precedes the Bible"
Pope Francis explains the Catholic understanding of the relationship of Scripture and Tradition.

Should Communion Be Distributed on Good Friday?
Since the Good Friday liturgy is not a Mass, should Communion be distributed to the faithful?

Why Does Easter Sometimes Come Before Passover?
A reader writes: I know that Passover and Good Friday normally occur within days of each other. If I am correct, it is believed that the Last Supper was a

When and Why Is the Alleluia Omitted From Mass?
The Catholic Church omits the Alleluia in Mass during Lent. Find out why.

What Are Patron Saints (and How Are They Chosen)?
Few practices of the Catholic Church are as misunderstood as devotion to a patron saint: a particularly holy person who intercedes for us with God.

A Prayer to Be a Good Mother
In this prayer, mothers ask for God's grace to cooperate with Him in the creation of new life and the salvation of their children.

Who Are the 35 Doctors of the Church?
Learn more about the Doctors of the Church, great saints known for their defense and explanation of the truths of the Catholic Faith.

A Prayer to Saint Monica for Mothers (for Her Help)
This prayer for Saint Monica's intercession is particularly appropriate today, when mothers face such great challenges raising their children.

What Are Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church?
Find everything you need to know about Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church, the most important feasts in the Christian calendar.

The 50 Days of Easter - The Longest Liturgical Season
Easter Sunday is just the beginning. Learn more about all of the holidays of the Easter season.

Is Ascension a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church? The answer may be more complicated than you think.

The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Learn more about the Ascension of Our Lord, when the risen Christ ascended bodily into Heaven.

Easter Sunday in the Catholic Church
What does the Catholic Church teach about Easter, the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead? Learn more about Easter, the greatest Christian feast.

Why Did Jesus Christ Found the Catholic Church?
Why did Christ found the Church? In order to bring people to Himself and to save souls for eternity.

The Tradition of Rogation Days in the Catholic Church
Rogation Days are set aside by the Catholic Church to observe the change in the seasons. Learn more about the Rogation Days.

Detraction, Calumny, and Fr. John Corapi: A Case Study
What do detraction and calumny mean? Find out in this examination of the case of Fr. John Corapi, the Black Sheep Dog.

The Case of Fr. John Corapi
An in-depth examination of the case of Fr. John Corapi, the Black Sheep Dog, including links to further analysis.

What Has Happened to Fr. John Corapi?
The strange case of Fr. John Corapi was one of the biggest Catholic stories on the web in 2011. Where has Father Corapi gone?

When Does Lent Start? (In This and Other Years)
Learn how the start of Lent is determined, and find the date when Lent begins in this, previous, and future years.

When Is Divine Mercy Sunday? (In This and Other Years)
Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Octave of Easter. Find the date of Divine Mercy Sunday in this and other years.

Can a Woman Be a Priest in the Catholic Church?
As Protestant churches have ordained women, the Catholic Church's teaching on the all-male priesthood has come under attack. Why can't women be priests?

A Prayer in Honor of Saint John the Baptist
This traditional prayer in honor of St. John the Baptist has three parts, corresponding to the three stages of his life.

Prayer to Mary, Undoer of Knots (A Short Novena)
This closing prayer for each day of the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, can be prayed by itself as a shorter version of the novena.

Best Catholic Facebook Page - 2011 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
Find the Best Catholic Facebook Page in the 2011 About.com Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards.

Best Catholic Blog - 2011 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
Find the Best Catholic Blog in the 2011 About.com Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards.

Best Catholic Website - 2011 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
Find the Best Catholic Website in the 2011 About.com Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards.

Best Catholic Podcast - 2011 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
Find the Best Catholic Podcast in the 2011 About.com Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards.

Best Catholic Magazine - 2011 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
Find the Best Catholic Magazine in the 2011 About.com Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards.

Best Catholic iPad App - 2011 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
Find the Best Catholic iPad App in the 2011 About.com Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards.

2011 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
Looking for the Best Catholic Media? Look no further: Here are the winners of the 2011 About.com Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards!

Best Catholic to Follow on Twitter - 2011 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
Find the Best Catholic to Follow on Twitter in the 2011 About.com Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards.

Thanks for Your Support - 2011 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
Thank you for supporting the 2011 About.com Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards!

Best Catholic Book of 2010 - 2011 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
Find the Best Catholic Book of 2010 in the 2011 About.com Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards.

Best Catholic Newspaper - 2011 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
Find the Best Catholic Newspaper in the 2011 About.com Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards.

Best Catholic iPhone App - 2011 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
Find the Best Catholic iPhone App in the 2011 About.com Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards.

Questions About Catholicism From Readers in 2010
Questions and answer about the Catholic Faith.

Dates of Catholic Feasts in 2015
Find the dates of moveable feasts and Catholic holy days and holidays for 2015.

Dates of Catholic Feasts in 2013
Find the dates of moveable feasts and Catholic holy days and holidays for 2013.

Dates of Catholic Feasts in 2014
Find the dates of moveable feasts and Catholic holy days and holidays for 2014.

When Is All Souls Day? (In This and Other Years)
All Souls Day is a solemn feast commemorating those who have died and are now in Purgatory. Find the date of All Souls Day in this and other years.

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A Novena to Saint Expeditus (for Urgent Cases)
In this novena, we ask Saint Expeditus to intercede for us for all the graces that we need in our life, from the gift of faith to final perseverance.

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Ash Wednesday in the Catholic Church
What is Ash Wednesday, and how is it celebrated? Learn more about the history and rituals of Ash Wednesday.

The Solemnity of Trinity Sunday in the Catholic Church
Trinity Sunday, also known as Holy Trinity Sunday, celebrates the most fundamental of Christian beliefs—belief in the Holy Trinity.

Have You Done Your Easter Duty?
The Church requires Catholics to receive Communion during the Easter season, to show their unity with the Church. Learn more about the Easter duty.

When Is Ascension Thursday and Ascension Sunday?
The Ascension of Our Lord is transferred from Ascension Thursday to the following Sunday in many dioceses. When is Ascension celebrated?

When Is Pentecost Sunday? (In This and Other Years)
Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit, is a moveable feast. Find the date of Pentecost in this, previous, and future years.

When Is Ash Wednesday? (In This and Other Years)
The date of Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, changes every year. Find the date of Ash Wednesday this year, and in previous and future years.

When Is Corpus Christi? (In This and Future Years)
Corpus Christi is a moveable feast celebrating the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Find when it will be observed, in this and future years.

When Is the Annunciation? (In This and Other Years)
The Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary. Find the date of the Annunciation in this and future years.

The Church in the World
Examine the news through the eyes of the Catholic Church, and find the latest news from inside the Church herself.

When Does Advent Start? (In This and Other Years)
Advent, the period of preparation for Christmas, begins on a different date every year. When does Advent start in this, previous, and future years?

When Is the Feast of Christ the King?
The Feast of Christ the King falls on a different date each year. Find the date of the Feast of Christ the King for this and other years.

When Is Mardi Gras? (In This and Other Years)
Mardi Gras is the final day before Lent, the season of preparation for Easter. Find the date of Mardi Gras in this, previous, and future years.

Does the Catholic Church Oppose All Stem-Cell Research?
There are many types of stem-cell research, and the Catholic Church supports some forms and opposes other forms. Which kinds are acceptable?

The Cardinal Virtue of Prudence (And What It Means)
Learn more about prudence, the cardinal virtue that allows us to determine what is good and what is evil.

Saint Bartholomew, Apostle (Also Known as Nathaniel)
Discover what is currently known about the life and times of Saint Bartholomew (also known as Nathaniel), one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ.

Advent Activities - Activities for a Fruitful Advent
Advent is a time of spiritual preparation, both for the birth of Christ at Christmas and for His Second Coming, at the end of time. Over the centuries, the Church has developed Advent activities that help to keep us focused on renewing our spiritual life. Learn about the Advent wreath and other Advent prayers, and find Scripture readings for every day of Advent.

Catholic Scripture Readings for Each Day of Lent
In the Office of the Readings, part of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Catholic Church, the Church has chosen scriptural passages that are appropriate to every day of the Lenten season. These are an excellent way to focus our thoughts and deepen our understanding of the meaning of Lent by turning to the Bible.

What Are the Five Precepts of the Catholic Church?
The precepts of the Church, also called the commandments of the Church, are duties that the Catholic Church requires of all the faithful.

The Season of Advent in the Catholic Church
Learn more about Advent, the time of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas, and incorporate traditional practices into your observance of Advent.

Advent Bible Readings - Scripture Readings for Advent - Advent Scriptures
In the Office of the Readings, part of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Catholic Church, the Church has chosen scripture passages that are appropriate to every day of the Advent season. These are an excellent way to focus our thoughts and deepen our understanding of the meaning of Advent by turning to the Bible.

Top Changes Between the Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo
What are the most obvious differences between the Novus Ordo Mass, introduced in 1969 by Pope Paul VI, and the Traditional Latin Mass?

Charity - The Greatest of the Theological Virtues
Charity is the greatest of the three theological virtues, expressed in the love of both God and our fellow man.

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: Running for the Faith
The New Testament draws many parallels between the Christian Faith and running. But can Catholics learn more about their faith by running?

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: Running for the Faith
The New Testament draws many parallels between the Christian Faith and running. But can Catholics learn more about their faith by running?

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: Running for the Faith
The New Testament draws many parallels between the Christian Faith and running. But can Catholics learn more about their faith by running?

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: Running for the Faith
The New Testament draws many parallels between the Christian Faith and running. But can Catholics learn more about their faith by running?

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: Running for the Faith
The New Testament draws many parallels between the Christian Faith and running. But can Catholics learn more about their faith by running?

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: Running for the Faith
The New Testament draws many parallels between the Christian Faith and running. But can Catholics learn more about their faith by running?

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: Running for the Faith
The New Testament draws many parallels between the Christian Faith and running. But can Catholics learn more about their faith by running?

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: Running for the Faith
The New Testament draws many parallels between the Christian Faith and running. But can Catholics learn more about their faith by running?

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: Running for the Faith
The New Testament draws many parallels between the Christian Faith and running. But can Catholics learn more about their faith by running?

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: Running for the Faith
The New Testament draws many parallels between the Christian Faith and running. But can Catholics learn more about their faith by running?

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: Running for the Faith
The New Testament draws many parallels between the Christian Faith and running. But can Catholics learn more about their faith by running?

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: Running for the Faith
The New Testament draws many parallels between the Christian Faith and running. But can Catholics learn more about their faith by running?

Prayers for April - The Month of the Blessed Sacrament
The Catholic Church dedicates the month of April to the Blessed Sacrament. Learn more, and find prayers for April.

The Catholic Understanding of Faith and Works
The Catholic understanding of the relationship between faith and works is complicated, but Saint Gregory the Great explains it all.

Christmas Messages | Scott P. Richert | About Catholicism
Read the annual Christmas messages and meditations from Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism Expert at About Catholicism.

Chicago Marathon Training Journal: The Power of Prayer
Prayer works. Just ask Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism Expert for About.com, as he prepares to run the 2014 Chicago Marathon.

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Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots (For Complex Problems)
The Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, asks the Blessed Virgin to intercede with Christ to untie the knots of sin in our lives.

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Appearances Can Be Deceiving - Catholic Roundup
The Medjugorje Commission has completed its study. But what will its final judgment be?

Papa Was a Rolling Stone - Catholic Roundup
When it comes to the papacy, the more things change, the more they stay the same—no matter what Rolling Stone says.

WKRP in Vatican City - Catholic Roundup
Was the attack on Pope Francis's doves of peace an omen?

An Unholy Trinity - Catholic Roundup
Is satanism going mainstream? Catholicism.

Do What Papa Says - Catholic Roundup
Will Pope Francis's praise of Notre Dame prove a two-edged sword for the university?

The Papal Nuncio's Letter on Medjugorje
Does a letter from the papal nuncio to the United States provide insight into the Church's investigation of the alleged apparitions at Medjugorje?

Father Corapi Responds to SOLT: "I Am Not Extinguished!"
Fr. John Corapi has issued a nonresponse to the specific allegations of wrongdoing released by his religious order.

First Approved Marian Apparition in the United States
On December 8, 2010, the bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin, officially approved the first Marian apparition in the United States.

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The Divine Mercy Novena (As Revealed to Saint Faustina)
Find the prayers and instructions for praying the Divine Mercy Novena, revealed to Saint Faustina by Christ Himself.

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When Is Epiphany? (In This and Other Years)
Epiphany celebrates the visit of the three wise men to the Christ Child. Find the date of Epiphany in this year, previous years, and future years.

Daily Prayers for the Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes
These are the prayers for each of the nine days of the Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes, along with the opening prayer, which is prayed every day of the novena.

Scripture Reading for Palm Sunday
In this reading from Hebrews, we see that Christ is the eternal sacrifice, offered once for all. The new covenant in Christ replaces the old.

When Is the Feast of St. Anthony? (This and All Years)
Find the date and day of the week for the Feast of Saint Anthony for this year, previous years, and future years.

What Is All Saints Day? (Its History and Practice)
All Saints Day is the feast day on which Catholics celebrate all the saints, known and unknown, especially those who suffered martyrdom for Christ.

What Is All Souls Day (And Why Do Catholics Celebrate It)?
All Souls Day is a solemn celebration of the Catholic Church commemorating all who have died and now are in Purgatory. Learn more about All Souls Day.

Fear of the Lord - A Gift of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about the fear of the Lord, the last gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the confirmation of the virtue of hope.

Knowledge: A Gift of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about knowledge, a gift of the Holy Spirit, which gives us the ability to judge all things according to the truth of faith.

Piety: A Gift of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about piety, the gift of the Holy Spirit that perfects the moral virtue of religion.

Understanding: The Second Gift of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about understanding, one of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit that allows us to penetrate the mysteries of the Christian Faith.

Wisdom - The First and Highest Gift of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about the gift of wisdom, the perfection of faith.

Counsel - A Gift of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about counsel, the third gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the perfection of the cardinal virtue of prudence.

The Season of Easter in the Catholic Church
Learn more about the traditions and practices of Easter, the greatest feast in the Catholic Church.

Daily Prayers for the Novena to Saint Expeditus
These are the prayers for each of the nine days of the Novena to Saint Expeditus.

Daily Prayers for the Divine Mercy Novena
These are the prayers for each of the nine days of the Divine Mercy Novena.

Daily Prayers for the Novena to Saint Teresa of Avila
These are the prayers for each of the nine days of the Novena to Saint Teresa of Avila.

Daily Prayers for the Novena to the Holy Ghost
These are the prayers for each of the nine days of the Novena to the Holy Ghost.

Holy Week - Holy Week in the Catholic Church
What is Holy Week? When is Holy Week? What do Catholics commemorate during Holy Week? How do Catholics celebrate Holy Week? Find the answers to these and similar frequently asked questions about Holy Week here.

Recommended Catholic Blogs - Catholic Blog Recommendations
Navigating through the Catholic blogosphere can be daunting without a guide. The Catholic blogs listed here are recommended as good sources of Catholic news and information.

Catholic Creeds and Professions of Faith
From the short and concise Apostles' Creed to the lengthy and theologically rich Athanasian Creed, these professions of faith provide lessons in Catholic belief.

Indulgences - Indulgences in the Catholic Church
Indulgences are the remission, in whole or in part, of the temporal punishment that is attached to the sins we have committed. By earning indulgences through prayer and other acts of charity, we can lessen our time in Purgatory or help those who are currently in Purgatory. Learn more about indulgences, including the requirements for specific indulgences, here.

The Sacrament of Marriage - The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony
At its most basic level, marriage is a union between a man and a woman for the purpose of procreation and mutual support, or love. In the Catholic Church, however, marriage is more than a natural institution; it was elevated by Christ Himself, in His participation in the wedding at Cana, to be one of the seven sacraments.

Catholic Book Reviews - Reviews of Catholic Books by Catholics for Catholics
Reviews of Catholic books by your About.com Guide to Catholicism and by readers of the About.com GuideSite to Catholicism.

Catholic Movie Reviews - Reviews of Movies by Catholics for Catholics
Catholic reviews of movies books by your About.com Guide to Catholicism and by readers of the About.com GuideSite to Catholicism.

When Is Christmas Day 2015?
Christmas, the second-greatest feast day in the Christian calendar, celebrates the nativity, or birth, of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Christmas Day 2015.

Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Advent 2015
Find the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Advent 2015.

A Prayer for Students - To Saint Catherine of Alexandria
In this Prayer for Students, we ask Saint Catherine of Alexandria to intercede for us so that we always pursue our studies with eternal life in mind.

Regina Coeli (Marian Hymn for the Easter Season)
The Regina Coeli is a 12th-century hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary that is recited in place of the Angelus during the Easter season.

A Prayer to Saint Catherine of Siena (for Troubled Times)
In this prayer, we ask Saint Catherine of Siena to intercede for us so that we may obtain the grace to remain faithful to the Church.

A Hymn in Honor of the Holy Name of Jesus
This very touching Hymn in Honor of the Holy Name of Jesus is an especially appropriate family or group activity for January, the Month of the Holy Name of Jesus.

A Litany of Intercession to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
This beautiful Litany of Intercession to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a popular prayer for use as a novena.