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Is Easter a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church?
Is Easter Sunday, the day of Christ's Resurrection, a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church?

Can Catholics Eat Meat on the Annunciation?
The Annunciation sometimes falls on a Friday during Lent. Can you eat meat on the Annunciation?

Scripture Reading for Monday of Holy Week
The Law is written on the hearts of those who believe. Now, writes Saint Paul in the Letter to the Hebrews, we must simply persevere in the Faith.

Scripture Reading for Holy Thursday
In this reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, Saint Paul tells us that Christ, being like us in all things but sin, is the perfect sacrifice.

Scripture Reading for Good Friday
In this reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, Saint Paul explains that the New Covenant, like the Old, had to be sealed in blood, the Blood of Christ.

What Is Passiontide? (In the Traditional and New Calendars)
The definition of Passiontide, in both the Extraordinary Form and the Ordinary Form of Mass.

Scripture Reading for Holy Saturday
The Old Covenant, Saint Paul tells us in this reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, has passed away, replaced by the New Covenant in Christ.

How Often Should Catholics Go to Confession?
When, why, and how often you should take advantage of the Sacrament of Confession.

A Prayer for the Intercession of Saint Joseph
As the foster father of Christ, Saint Joseph is the foster father of all Christians. We ask him to pray for us to Christ, whom he protected.

Saint Joseph's Day and Abstinence
When Saint Joseph's Day falls on a Friday during Lent, can Catholics eat meat?

Scripture Reading for the Fifth Sunday of Lent
In this reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, Saint Paul looks back over salvation history and interprets the Old Testament in light of the New.

Scripture Reading for Laetare Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Lent)
The Lord institutes the Old Testament priesthood, which is bestowed on Aaron and his sons. The priests will offer holocausts on behalf of the people of Israel.

Scripture Reading for the Third Sunday of Lent
In this reading from Exodus, the Lord gives instructions on how the Israelites are to live, and these are known as the Book of the Covenant.

Scripture Reading for Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent
In this reading from Exodus, Only Moses' intervention saves the Israelites from God's wrath after they apostatize and have Aaron create a golden calf.

Scripture Reading for Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent
In this reading from Exodus, the glory of the Lord is so great that Moses himself reflects it after encountering the Lord on Mount Sinai.

Prayers for March - The Month of Saint Joseph
Find prayer for March, dedicated to Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus.

Prayers for February - The Month of the Holy Family
Find some of the most popular Catholic prayers for February, the Month of the Holy Family.

What Should Replace the Alleluia During Lent?
During Lent, Catholics don't sing the Alleluia before the Gospel. What should be sung in its place?

Scripture Reading for Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent
In this reading from Exodus, God sends the manna (bread) from heaven, which will sustain the Israelites throughout the 40 years wandering in the desert.

Scripture Reading for Friday of the Second Week of Lent
God has revealed His covenant on Mount Sinai. In this reading from Exodus, He appears in a cloud to confirm that Moses speaks on His behalf.

Scripture Reading for Saturday of the Second Week of Lent
In this reading from Exodus, God reveals on Mount Sinai the Ten Commandments, which Moses will take back to the people.

Scripture Reading for the Second Sunday of of Lent
As the Israelite approach the Red Sea in this reading from Exodus, Pharaoh sends his chariots and charioteers in pursuit, a decision that will end badly.

Scripture Reading for Thursday After Ash Wednesday
In this reading from the Book of Exodus, we see the oppression endured by Israel at the hands of Pharaoh. The slavery of the Israelites represents our slavery to sin.

Scripture Reading for Saturday After Ash Wednesday
In this reading from the Book of Exodus, Moses encounters God in the burning bush, and God announces His plans to have Moses lead the Israelites out of their slavery in Egypt.

Scripture Reading for Friday After Ash Wednesday
In this reading from the Book of Exodus, we witness the birth of Moses and the events that will lead to the exodus of Israel from Egypt.

Scripture Reading for Friday of the First Week of Lent
In this reading from Exodus, the Israelites have celebrated the first Passover. In despair, Pharaoh orders the Israelites to leave Egypt.

Scripture Reading for Thursday of the First Week of Lent
In this reading from Exodus, Pharaoh's stubbornness leads God to kill the firstborn of every household of Egypt. This is the origin of the Passover.

Scripture Reading for Wednesday of the First Week of Lent
In this reading from Exodus, God engulfs Egypt in darkness. The only light is found with the Israelites—because from Israel would come Jesus Christ.

Scripture Reading for Monday of the First Week of Lent
In this reading from the Book of Exodus, God discusses the covenant He made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to bring them into the Promised Land.

Scripture Reading for Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
In this reading from Exodus, God begins to send plagues upon the land of Egypt. The first plague turns all the water in Egypt into blood.

Scripture Reading for the First Sunday of Lent
In this reading from Exodus, Moses asks Pharaoh to allow the Israelites to sacrifice to God in the desert. Pharaoh refuses his request and makes life harder for the Israelites.

Should Catholics Keep Their Ashes on All Ash Wednesday?
When you receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, do you have to keep them on all day?

Is Ash Wednesday a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is Ash Wednesday a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!

Saint Agnes of Rome - Virgin and Martyr
Saint Agnes of Rome is one of the most beloved of female saints. Learn more about the life and legend of this virgin and martyr.

Why Did the Groundhog See His Shadow?
Did you know that Groundhog Day has its origins in an ancient Christian feast? Learn the connection between Candlemas and Groundhog Day

Prayer of an Engaged Couple for a Happy Marriage
This beautiful prayer can help an engaged couple get into the habit of praying together before their wedding day.

How Was Lent Observed Before Vatican II?
Did Vatican II change the requirements for fasting and abstinence during Lent? And if so, how?

Septuagesima Sunday in the Catholic Church
No longer officially marked by the Catholic Church, Septuagesima Sunday still shows up in some liturgical calendars. What is Septuagesima Sunday?

Forty Years in the Wilderness: A Reflection on Roe v. Wade
After 40 years of legalized abortion in the United States, it's time to reconsider what the pro-life movement can accomplish—and how.

Abortion and the Ideological Colonization of Marriage
How to bring abortion to an end by returning sexual activity to its proper place in marriage and the family.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015
The theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 reminds us that the source of Christian unity is the living water of Jesus Christ.

A Prayer to End Abortion (by Priests for Life)
Written by Priests for Life, this prayer expresses our commitment to the protection of all of the unborn.

What Is the Real Date of Christmas?
Why do some Eastern Orthodox celebrate Christmas on January 7, while others celebrate it on December 25 with other Christians?

Prayers for January - The Month of the Holy Name of Jesus
Find popular Catholic prayers for January, the Month of the Holy Name of Jesus.

Start the New Year With Mary, the Mother of God
The Catholic Church begins the New Year with one of her most important feasts: the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.

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The Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (A Novena)
This novena joins us to the Blessed Virgin Mary in expectation as the birth of Christ draws near. Begun on December 16, the novena ends on Christmas Eve.

A Priest Forever: The Strange Case of Fr. John Corapi
Why did Fr. John Corapi announce his intention to leave the priesthood if he is innocent?

Pope Francis on Homosexuality: Take a Deep Breath . . .
What did Pope Francis really say about homosexuality?

Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November (Guy Fawkes' Day)
Learn more about Guy Fawkes' Day, commemorating a Catholic conspiracy to blow up the English Parliament in 1605.

Celebrate All Twelve Days of Christmas
Don't end your celebration of Christmas on Christmas Day. Extend it into the New Year by celebrating all 12 days of Christmas!

Comprehensive List of Catholic Popes
There have been 266 popes of the Roman Catholic Church. Find a comprehensive list here, divided up by historical era.

The Purpose of Christian Worship
Who do Christians worship God? What is the purpose of worship?

Is Epiphany a Holy Day of Obligation? - Epiphany of Our Lord
Is Epiphany a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here.

An Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit
By submitting our will to the Holy Spirit, we grow in holiness. This act of consecration expresses our desire to unite ourselves to the Spirit's will.

Novena to Saint Joseph the Worker
This novena to Saint Joseph the Worker is perfect for when you have an important project or assignment that you are having trouble completing.

Prayer of Parents for Their Children
Parenthood is a great responsibility; for Christian parents, that responsibility extends beyond physical care for their children to the salvation of their souls. We need to turn to God, as in this prayer, for guidance and for the grace necessary to fulfill this greatest of duties.

A Prayer of Petition in the Holy Name of Jesus
In this prayer of petition, we acknowledge the power of the Holy Name of Jesus and ask that our needs be fulfilled in His Name.

Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val: A Litany of Humility
This prayer was written by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), the secretary of state for Pope Saint Pius X. It is a very good daily prayer.

The Magnificat (Canticle of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
The Magnificat is the Virgin Mary's response to Elizabeth's greeting at the Visitation, glorifying God and thanking Him for choosing her to bear His Son.

A Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima (For Peace in the World)
In this prayer, we ask Our Lady of Fatima to bring peace to our nation and to the whole world through a spiritual revival.

What Is Clean Monday? Catholicism Q&A
Clean Monday is the first day of Great Lent for Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. Learn more about Clean Monday.

The Guardian Angel Prayer: A Prayer for Protection
Find the text of the Guardian Angel Prayer, a good prayer to help children learn how to pray.

How to Win the War on Christmas
Do you want to win the war on Christmas? Start celebrating Advent.

Is January 1 a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is January 1, the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!

Prayers for the Faithful Departed - Prayers for the Souls in Purgatory
Prayer for the dead is one of the greatest acts of charity we can perform. Our prayers help them during their time in Purgatory, so that they can enter more quickly into the fullness of heaven. These prayers are especially suited for offering a novena on behalf of the dead, or for praying during those seasons of the year (November, in the Western Church; Lent, in the Eastern Church) designated by the Church as times of fervent prayer for the faithful departed.

A Prayer for All the Deceased
This beautiful prayer, drawn from the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, reminds us that Christ's victory over death brings us all the possibility of eternal rest.

Fr. Gerard Sheehan Drops a Bombshell on Father Corapi
What did the investigation of the allegations against Fr. John Corapi reveal?

Reader Question: Which Sins Should I Confess?
Catholicism.

Reader Question: What Should I Do With Father Corapi's Materials?
Even though Fr. John Corapi's books, CDs, and DVDs are orthodox in teaching, could the use of them now cause spiritual confusion or scandal?

What Prayers Should Your Children Know?
Preparing your children for First Communion includes teaching them some of the basic prayers of the Catholic Church. Find those prayers here.

Reader Question: Why Do Catholics Have To Pray Through Saints?
Using our Questions About Catholicism form, Adrian wonders: I am a Catholic, but I have never understood why we have to ask for intercession from the saints.

Reader Question: Why Do Catholics Believe in Purgatory?
In response to my announcement of the About.com Catholicism Purgatorial Society, a reader wrote in to our Questions About Catholicism page: I don't believe in

Pope Benedict and Condoms: What He Did and Did Not Say
Over the weekend, L'Osservatore Romano, the newspaper of Vatican City (not, as some like to say,

Reader Question: Lent, Fasting, and the Bible
Is there biblical support for the Catholic practices of fasting and abstinence?

Reader Question: How Do I Get Confirmed?
On our Questions About Catholicism page, Pauline asks: I was baptized in 1949 but never made my Confirmation. What do I have to do to make my Confirmation, and

Reader Question: Must Children Be Named After Saints?
This week's Reader Question is a very common one today: Is it compulsory to name your children after saints? For older Catholics, the practice of naming

Reader Question: What Does a Godfather Do?
Using our Questions About Catholicism form, Tom Chan asks a very common question: What does one do to prepare himself to be a godfather? I'm converting to

How to Attend Mass With Pope Francis
Would you like to attend Mass with Pope Francis? Find out how one woman did so.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace
What is the connection between the Angel Gabriel's greeting and the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary?

The True Meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas
The true meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas is far deeper than the Christmas song suggests.

Reader Question: Reconciliation Services
Are reconciliation services a legitimate substitute for the Sacrament of Confession?

Reader Question: Communion and Intinction
This week's Reader Question is short and sweet, though the answer is a bit longer. Reader Jemajo asked the question through our submission form: Can a

Reader Question: TV/Radio Mass and Our Sunday Duty
Do watching Mass on TV fulfill our Sunday obligation?

Reader Question: Why Holy Ghost?
During this period between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday, I have been promoting the Novena to the Holy Ghost, which recalls the nine days that the

Reader Question: Living the Gospel
A reader writes: Before the Gospel reading at Mass, we make the Sign of the Cross on our forehead, our lips, and our chest. What is the meaning of this

Reader Question: Prayer for the Dead
How can prayer for the dead be effective, when we don't know if a person is in Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory?

Reader Question: What Does It Mean to Bless Objects?
A reader writes: How does a Catholic describe to non-Catholics the meaning or point of blessing objects and owning blessed objects? This is a great question.

What Should a Lutheran Do at a Catholic Mass?
A visitor to the About.com Catholicism Forum writes: I am not Catholic; I was baptized and confirmed in a Lutheran church. I have been attending Catholic Mass

Reader Question: What Makes a Baptism Valid?
In the comments on my post

Reader Question: Where Should a Baptism Take Place?
A reader writes: I am wondering if a baptism performed outside of the actual church building--for example, in a private home by an ordained Roman Catholic

Reader Question: Sunday as a Day of Rest
A reader writes: My husband and I like on Sundays just to ride around in our car and see different things. We like to stop at different stores just to wander

Reader Question: How Is Christ the Son of David?
Since Jesus Christ had no earthly father, how can He be of the line of David?

Reader Question: Why Do Priests Wear Purple During Advent?
Purple vestments are used for Lent because it is a penitential season, but why are they also used during Advent?

Happy (Liturgical) New Year!
The First Sunday in Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church. Learn more about Advent.

"Will No One Rid Me of This Meddlesome Priest?"
In the winter of 1170, Henry II, king of England, uttered those words (or other words very much like them), and set into motion a chain of events that would

Reader Question: Why Aren't Christians Jewish?
A reader who teaches a catechism class writes: I'm not sure how to explain to some of my kids why, if Jesus is Jewish, we aren't. I explained to them that

Reader Question: Should My Children Fast?
Should Catholic parents require children to fast during Lent, even though the Catholic Church doesn't?

Reader Question: Abstinence and the Spirit of the Law
A reader writes: I know I am absolutely right on this but need someone else to confirm it to my mother. Last Friday we went out to dinner (during Lent). She

The Organization of the Catholic Church
Learn about the institutional structure of the Catholic Church, the largest and longest-lasting organization on earth.

A Prayer to Saints Cosmas and Damian (for Healing)
This prayer to the patron saints of doctors invokes Cosmas and Damian for physical and spiritual healing.

Seasons and Holidays in Catholicism
Learn about the holy days and holidays of the Catholic calendar. Follow the Church through the liturgical year, from Advent through Christmas to Epiphany, from Lent through Easter to Pentecost. Explore the richness of Catholicism through the history of the Church's feasts and seasons, and learn more about the saints through celebrating their feast days.

The Litany of the Holy Name of Mary
This Litany of the Holy Name of Mary reminds us of the many titles and attributes of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pope Benedict's 2008 Apostolic Journey to the United States
Find the schedule of Pope Benedict XVI's 2008 visit to the United States, as well as coverage of each event of his visit and related documents. From Washington, D.C., to the United Nations and Yankee Stadium, follow the Holy Father on his first visit to the United States.

Pope Benedict's 2010 Visit to the United Kingdom
Find the schedule of Pope Benedict XVI's 2010 visit to the United Kingdom, as well as coverage of significant event during his visit and related documents. From his audience with Queen Elizabeth in Edingburgh, Scotland, to the canonization of John Henry Cardinal Newman, follow Pope Benedict on his first visit to the United Kingdom.

A Prayer to Saint Peter Claver for the Missionary Spirit
In this Prayer to Saint Peter Claver, we ask this great missionary to the Americas to inspire in us a similar missionary spirit.

The U.S. Postal Service's Mother Teresa Stamp
The U.S. Postal Service's Mother Teresa stamp was released on September 5, 2010, the 13th anniversary of Mother Teresa's death.

A Prayer to Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows
In this prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows, we call to mind the pain endured both by Christ on the Cross and Mary, as she watched her Son be crucified.

A Prayer in Honor of the Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In this lengthy but beautiful prayer, we present our own sorrows and ask Mary to intercede for us with her Son.

Litanies - Assorted Litanies
A litany is a special prayer, usually intended to be recited communally, with a priest or other leader reciting the verses, while the faithful respond. Many litanies, however, can be recited privately as well. Find a collection of litanies to various saints and the Holy Trinity.

The Litany of Saint Louis of France
This litany seeks the intercession of King Louis IX, the model of chivalric virtue in the High Middle Ages and defender of the Christians of the Holy Land.

A Prayer to Saint Joseph for Fidelity to Work
This prayer to Saint Joseph, patron saint of workers, helps us call to mind that all of our labor is part of our struggle on the road to heaven.

Prayers for Workers - Prayers for Work and Labor
Labor has been a part of the human condition since Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden for their sin. If we approach our work with the proper attitude, it can be a source of sanctification. In these prayers for workers, we request the strength we need to work hard and to dedicate our work to God.

Prayers to Saint Joseph - Prayers to Saint Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus
God chose Saint Joseph to guide and guard His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. In these prayers, we turn to Saint Joseph and ask him to guide us as a father would.

A Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel (For a Special Need)
This prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is often tied to the Brown Scapular and is also recited as a novena before the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

A Prayer to St. Camillus de Lellis (for the Sick Poor)
In this Prayer for the Sick Poor, we ask St. Camillus de Lellis to intercede for those most in need of healing.

A Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria
The Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria asks this great saint and doctor to intercede for the healing and growth of our souls.

Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - Day 8
Prayers and readings for the Eighth Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - Day 9
Prayers and readings for the Ninth Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - Closing Prayer
The Closing Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria can be prayed by itself for a shorter form of the novena.

Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - Opening Prayer
The Opening Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria asks for the grace to imitate Christ and to be open to the Holy Spirit.

Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - Day 1
Prayers and readings for the First Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - Day 2
Prayers and readings for the Second Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - Day 3
Prayers and readings for the Third Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - Day 4
Prayers and readings for the Fourth Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - Day 5
Prayers and readings for the Fifth Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - Day 6
Prayers and readings for the Sixth Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - Day 7
Prayers and readings for the Seventh Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

A Novena to Saint Benedict (Patron Saint of Europe)
In this novena, we ask Saint Benedict to intercede for us, that we may love God and our neighbor as he did.

On the Last Judgment and the Resurrection, Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven - Lesson Thirty-Seventh - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Thirty-Seventh of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the Last Things: the last judgment, the resurrection, Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven.

On the Last Judgment and the Resurrection, Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven - Lesson Thirty-Seventh - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Thirty-Seventh of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the Last Things: the last judgment, the resurrection, Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven.

On the Effects of the Redemption - Lesson Tenth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Tenth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the effects on mankind of the redemption wrought by Christ through His Death and Resurrection.

On the First Commandment - Lesson Thirtieth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Thirtieth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the First Commandment.

On the First Commandment - Lesson Thirtieth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Thirtieth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the First Commandment.

From the Fourth to the Seventh Commandment - Lesson Thirty-Third - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Thirty-Third of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 provides an overview of the meaning of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Commandments.

On Extreme Unction and Holy Orders - Lesson Twenty-Fifth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Twenty-Fifth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the sacraments of Extreme Unction and Holy Orders.

On the Sacrament of Penance - Lesson Seventeenth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Seventeenth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the Sacrament of Penance.

On Contrition - Lesson Eighteenth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Eighteenth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses contrition or sorrow for sin.

On Contrition - Lesson Eighteenth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Eighteenth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses contrition or sorrow for sin.

On the Church - Lesson Eleventh - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Eleventh of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the Church, the primary means through which Christ shares His Redemption with us.

On the End of Man - Lesson First - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson First of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 establishes the end, or purpose, of man.

On Our First Parents and the Fall - Lesson Fifth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Fifth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the origin of our Adam and Eve and their fall, through which and death entered the world.

On the First and Second Commandments of the Church - Lesson Thirty-Fifth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Thirty-Fifth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the first and second commandments of the Church.

On the Sacramentals - Lesson Twenty-Seventh - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Twenty-Seventh of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses sacramentals, which aid us in our devotion.

On Creation - Lesson Fourth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Fourth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 turns to God's Creation. Christianity teaches that God created all things out of nothing, with the angels and man at the pinnacle of creation.

On Baptism - Lesson Fourteenth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Fourteenth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the Sacrament of Baptism.

On Baptism - Lesson Fourteenth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Fourteenth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the Sacrament of Baptism.

On Confirmation - Lesson Fifteenth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Fifteenth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the Sacrament of Confirmation.

On Sin and Its Kinds - Lesson Sixth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Sixth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses actual sin, mortal sin, venial sin, and the capital or deadly sins.

On the Sacraments in General - Lesson Thirteenth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Thirteenth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the sacraments in general.

On the Sacraments in General - Lesson Thirteenth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Thirteenth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the sacraments in general.

Pope Benedict XVI With Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and His Wife Jane
Pope Benedict XVI with the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and his wife, Jane, at Lambeth Palace, September 17, 2010.

A Prayer to the Precious Blood of Jesus
In this moving prayer, we recall the redemptive quality of the Precious Blood of Jesus.

Calumny Definition and Stance in the Catholic Church
The definition of the sin of calumny in Catholicism.

The Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (For Deliverance)
This exquisite Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus was likely composed in the early 15th century by Saints Bernardine of Siena and John Capistrano.

Why Do Catholics Receive Only the Host?
A reader writes: Why do Catholics only receive the host and not the wine during Holy Communion? I watch Mass on television and never see Catholics receive

Prayers for Mothers - Catholic Prayers for Mothers and Motherhood
For many Christians, their mothers are the primary source of their faith. From the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Monica, mothers have played an important role in the building up of Christianity. Prayers on behalf of our mothers, and prayers for mothers themselves to recite, should be a daily part of our prayer life.

The O Antiphons - The Great Antiphons
The O Antiphons are recited at vespers (evening prayer) and Mass from December 17 to December 23. They are the source of the Advent hymn

Traditional Proclamation of the Birth of Christ
This traditional translation of the Proclamation of the Birth of Christ from the Roman Martyrology was read for centuries at Midnight Mass.

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

The Agony in the Garden - The First Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary
A meditation on the Agony in the Garden, the First Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary.

The Scourging at the Pillar - The Second Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary
A meditation on the Scourging at the Pillar, the Second Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary.

The Crowning With Thorns - The Third Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary
A meditation on the Crowning With Thorns, the Third Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary.

The Way of the Cross - The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary
A meditation on the Way of the Cross, the Fourth Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary.

The Crucifixion - The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary
A meditation on the Crucifixion, the Fifth Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary.

A Prayer in Honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
In this prayer, we ask the Blessed Virgin to guide us in our journey, so that we might receive the graces necessary to live virtuous lives.

A Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
In this long but beautiful prayer, we pray to Mary under the name Queen of the Most Holy Rosary to intercede for the conversion of the entire world.

An Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
This Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary illustrates perfectly the Marian doctrine of the Catholic Church.

On the Sacrifice of the Mass - Lesson Twenty-Fourth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Twenty-Fourth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the sacrifice of the Mass.

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

The Presentation in the Temple - The Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary
A meditation on the Presentation in the Temple, the Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary.

The Visitation - The Second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary
A meditation on the Visitation, the Second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary.

The Nativity - The Third Joyful Mystery of the Rosary
A meditation on the Nativity of Our Lord, the Third Joyful Mystery of the Rosary.

The Annunciation - First Joyful Mystery of the Rosary
A meditation on the Annunciation, the First Joyful Mystery of the Rosary.

The Finding in the Temple - The Fifth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary
A meditation on the Finding in the Temple, the Fifth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary.

A Prayer for Those Making a Journey
This short prayer can be prayed both for ourselves, as we begin any trip, no matter how short, or for others, that they may be kept safe.

On the Unity and Trinity of God - Lesson Third - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Third of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.

A Prayer for the Pope (by Pope Leo XIII)
This prayer, written by Pope Leo XIII, reminds us of the Pope's role as the visible symbol of the unity of the Church.

A Prayer to Mary, Refuge of Sinners
This prayer to the Virgin Mary sounds a familiar theme: Mary as the font of mercy and forgiveness, through whom we obtain protection from temptation.

Prayer for a Happy Death by John Henry Cardinal Newman
This beautiful Prayer for a Happy Death was written by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman.

An Offering of Oneself to Christ in the Eucharist
This prayer by John Henry Cardinal Newman is a perfect way to end a visit to the Blessed Sacrament.

The O Antiphons (Latin Text)
The O Antiphons are the inspiration for the Advent hymn 'O Come O Come Emmanuel.' Find the Latin text and links to English translations.

Pope John Paul II to be Beatified on May 1, 2011
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An Essential Aspect of the New Blessed: "God Is the Foundation of All Our Efforts"
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Entrusting the World to Divine Mercy
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Beatification: Sign of the Depth of Faith and Invitation to a Fully Christian Life
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Karol Wojtyla's Contribution to Vatican II Council
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"Totus Tuus," Trust in Mary, Mother of God
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The Iraq War and the "Peace Offensive"
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Year 2000 Jubilee: A historical Reality to Remember the Coming of Jesus of Nazareth
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Attention to the Youth and the Meaning of WYD
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The Simplicity of John Paul II's Prayer
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The Will of John Paul II
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Statues of Apostles on the Façade of Saint Peter's Basilica - Vatican City
Statues of the Apostles, Jesus Christ, and John the Baptist on the faade of Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 5.

Baptism - Baptism at Church of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Montgomery, Alabama
A baptism at Church of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo Rose Richert). Page 2.

Pope Benedict XVI Gives a Gift to President Barack Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama exchange gifts with Pope Benedict XVI in his library at the Vatican on July 10, 2009, in Vatican City, Vatican. Obama was meeting with the Pope for the first time as President following the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy. (Photo by Vatican Pool/Getty Images). Page 7.

Saint James the Greater - Stained Glass Window - Saint Peter's Cathedral - Rockford, Illinois
A stained-glass window of Saint James the Greater, Apostle, in Saint Peter's Cathedral, Rockford, Illinois. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 6.

Saint Lawrence - Statue of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
A statue of Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr, in the Basilica di San Lorenzo fuori le Mura, Rome, Italy. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 3.

The Keys to the Kingdom - Dome of Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
A mosaic of the Keys to the Kingdom, the traditional symbol of Saint Peter, in the dome of Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 8.

Russian Icon of the Transfiguration
A 19th-century Russian icon of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ. (Photo Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.). Page 4.

Wordless and Waiting - Nativity Scene
A Fontanini Nativity scene during Advent, before the Christ Child is placed in the manger on Christmas Eve. (Photo Amy J. Richert)

Advent Wreath on Home Altar - Fully Lit Advent Wreath on Home Altar
A fully lit Advent wreath with a central Christmas candle on a home altar, in front of icons of Saint Stephen, Saint Michael, and Our Lady of Czestochowa. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 40.

Dove in the Wall - Basilica di Sant'Agnese Fuori le Mura - Rome, Italy
A dove is perched in a hole in the wall outside the Basilica di Sant'Agnese Fuori le Mura (Basilica of St. Agnes Outside the Walls), Rome, Italy. The dove is the traditional Christian symbol for the Holy Spirit. The Basilica of St. Agnes, a seventh-century church, contains the entrance to a fourth-century Christian catacomb. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 12.

Mary - Queen of May - Statue of Mary for May Crowning - Saint Mary Oratory - Rockford, Illinois
Statue of Mary, Queen of May, at the May Crowning at Saint Mary's Oratory, Rockford, Illinois, on May 18, 2008. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 14.

Mosaic Icon of Saint John the Baptist - Vladimireşti Monastery - Rumania
A mosaic icon of Saint John the Baptist in Vladimireşti Monastery, Hanu Conachi, Galati, Rumania. (Photo by flickr user KLMircea; licensed under Creative Commons-Some rights reserved). Page 9.

The National Shrine of the Apostle Paul - Saint Paul, Minnesota
The National Shrine of the Apostle Paul, Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 10.

Pope Benedict XVI Offers Benediction - Saint Peter's Square
Pope Benedict XVI blesses the crowd with the Eucharist during a meeting and prayer with children who made their First Communion during 2005 in St. Peter's Square, October 15, 2005. About 100,000 children and parents attended the event. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images). Page 11.

Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer - Western Wall - Jerusalem - May 2009
The prayer left by Pope Benedict XVI in a crack of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, on May 12, 2009, in Jerusalem. (Photo by Mark Neyman/GPO via Getty Images). Page 15.

Mary - Mother of God - Intercessor for All Mankind - Central Russian Icon of the Theotokos
An icon of the Mary, the Mother of God, Intercessor for All Mankind. Egg tempera on wood, Central Russia, mid-1800's. (Photo Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.). Page 13.

Pope Benedict XVI Elevates the Host at Papal Mass in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON - APRIL 17: Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass and elevates the Host at Nationals Park April 17, 2008 in Washington, DC. Today is Pope Benedict XVI's third day of his visit to the United States. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images). Page 65.

Descent Into Hell - Icon of the Descent Into Hell
A modern icon of the Descent Into Hell by one of the chief iconographers of the Russian Orthodox Church. (Photo Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.). Page 19.

Saint Nicholas of Myra - Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker - Bishop of Myra
Icon of Saint Nicholas of Myra, bishop and wonderworker. The Feast of Saint Nicholas is December 6. (Photo Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.). Page 38.

The Annunciation - Central Russian Icon of the Annunciation
The Annunciation, Central Russian icon, egg tempera on wood, late 1800's. (Photo Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.). Page 22.

The Baptism of the Lord - Russian Icon of the Baptism of the Lord
A Russian icon of the Baptism of the Lord in the River Jordan by St. John the Baptist. The dove represents the Holy Spirit; the three angels represent the Trinity. (Photo Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.). Page 33.

The Burning Bush - Central Russian Icon of the Burning Bush
The Burning Bush, Central Russian icon, egg tempera on wood, late 1700's. (Photo Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.). Page 21.

The Flight Into Egypt - Russian Icon of the Flight Into Egypt
This Russian icon depicts the flight into Egypt, when Joseph and Mary protected Christ from King Herod's slaughter of the Holy Innocents. (Photo Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.). Page 32.

The Resurrection - Russian Icon of the Resurrection of Christ
A Russian icon of the Resurrection of Christ. (Photo Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.). Page 18.

The Trinity - The Hospitality of Abraham - Russian Icon
Icon of the Trinity, also known as the Hospitality of Abraham. Egg tempera on wood, Central Russia, late 1800's. (Photo Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.). Page 30.

Theotokos - Central Russian Icon of the Theotokos
An icon of the Theotokos, the Mother of God. Egg tempera on wood, Central Russia, mid-1800's. (Photo Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.). Page 16.

Tomb of Saint Catherine of Siena - Santa Maria Sopra Minerva - Rome, Italy
Tomb of Saint Catherine of Siena under the altar in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome, Italy. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 17.

Washing of the Feet - Icon of Christ Washing His Disciples' Feet
Icon of Christ washing His disciples' feet at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday. (Photo Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.). Page 20.

Ash Wednesday 2008 - Saint Louis Cathedral - New Orleans, Louisiana
A woman prays after receiving ashes on her forehead in observance of Ash Wednesday at Saint Louis Cathedral, February 6, 2008, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images). Page 26.

The Banishing From the Garden - The Fall of Adam and Eve
Stained-glass window of The Banishing of Adam and Eve From the Garden of Eden, in Saint Mary Cathedral, Lansing, Michigan. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 29.

Stained Glass of the Betrothal of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph - Saint Mary Cathedral - Lansing, Michigan
Stained-glass window of The Betrothal of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, in Saint Mary Cathedral, Lansing, Michigan. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 23.

Christmas Tree in Saint Peter's Square - 2007 Christmas Tree in Saint Peter's Square
The 2007 Christmas Tree in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 36.

Stained Glass of the Dedication of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Saint Mary Cathedral - Lansing, Michigan
Stained-glass window of The Dedication of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Saint Mary Cathedral, Lansing, Michigan. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 24.

Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos - Russian Icon
The Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, Central Russian icon, early 1800's. (Photo Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.). Page 53.

Exaltation of the Holy Cross - Icon of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Icon of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. (Photo Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.). Page 49.

Gravestones - Saint Mary and Saint James Cemetery - Rockford, Illinois
Two gravestones in Saint Mary and Saint James Cemetery in Rockford, Illinois. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 42.

Halloween 2007 - Children in Costumes for Halloween 2007
Five of the Richert children celebrate Halloween 2007. (Photo Amy J. Richert). Page 44.

Joseph Witkowski Gravestone - Saint Mary and Saint James Cemetery - Rockford, Illinois
The gravestone of Joseph Witkowski, a veteran of World War I, in Saint Mary and Saint James Cemetery in Rockford, Illinois. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 41.

Mary, Queen of Heaven - Mary, the Mother of God
Mosaic of Mary, Queen of Heaven from a church in Rome, Italy. The iconography is very traditionally Byzantine. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 34.

Nativity Scene 2007 - Basilica di San Lorenzo fuori le Mura - Rome, Italy
A Nativity scene for Christmas 2007 in front of the main altar at the Basilica di San Lorenzo fuori le Mura, Rome, Italy. Page 35.

Nativity of the Mother of God - Icon of the Nativity of the Mother of God
Icon of the Nativity of the Mother of God, egg tempera on wood, Central Russia, mid-1800's. (Photo Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.). Page 50.

Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum - Washington, D.C.
Wax figures of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI are on display at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum April 10, 2008, in Washington, D.C., to honor Pope Benedict's April 16th birthday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images). Page 31.

Our Lady of Lourdes - Lourdes Grotto - Saint Mary Oratory - Rockford, Illinois
Statues of Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Bernadette Soubiroux in the Lourdes Grotto, Saint Mary Oratory, Rockford, IL. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 28.

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary - Statue of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary - Santa Maria sopra Minerva - Rome, Italy
A statue of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome, Italy. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 45.

Putting Up the Christmas Tree
Putting up the Christmas tree on Gaudete Sunday (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 37.

Saint Michael the Archangel Statue - Castel Sant'Angelo - Rome, Italy
This bronze statue of Saint Michael the Archangel, executed by Flemish sculptor Peter Anton von Verschaffelt in 1753, stands atop the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 46.

Stained Glass of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a Baby With Saints Joachim and Anna - Saint Mary Cathedral - Lansing, Michigan
Stained-glass window of The Blessed Virgin Mary as a Baby With Saints Joachim and Anna, in Saint Mary Cathedral, Lansing, Michigan. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 27.

Selected Saints - Central Russian Icon of Selected Saints
Central Russian icon (circa mid-1800's) of selected saints. (Photo Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.). Page 43.

Statue of Saint Joseph in the Lourdes Grotto, Saint Mary Oratory, Rockford, Illinois
Statue of Saint Joseph in the Lourdes Grotto, Saint Mary Oratory, Rockford, Illinois. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 47.

Turkey Photo Shoot at Edwards Apple Orchard - Poplar Grove, Illinois
A wooden cutout of a turkey for children to pose for photos at Edwards Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove, Illinois. (Photo Amy J. Richert). Page 39.

Stained Glass of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a Girl With Saint Anna - Saint Mary Cathedral - Lansing, Michigan
Stained-glass window of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a Girl With Saint Anna, in Saint Mary Cathedral, Lansing, Michigan. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 25.

Pieta in Old St. Mary's Catholic Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pieta in Old St. Mary's Catholic Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 48.

Coronation of the Virgin - Detail - Workshop of Duccio di Buoninsegna
Detail of Coronation of the Virgin (c. 1311), from the Workshop of Duccio di Buoninsegna. Gold and tempera on panel, 51.5 x 32 cm. Budapest, Szepmuveszeti Muzeum. (Photo flickr user carulmare; licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic). Page 52.

Icon of Saint John the Baptist - Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate - Belgrade, Serbia
Icon of Saint John the Baptist on the front of the Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 51.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Our Lady of Mount Carmel with the Christ Child, angels, and souls in Purgatory. Baroque sculpture from Beniajn, Spain. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Jayzaran). Page 57.

Stained Glass of the Eucharist - Saint Anne's Church, Mackinac Island, Michigan
Stained-glass window featuring the Eucharist in Saint Anne's Church, Mackinac Island, Michigan. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 55.

Saint Anne - Statue of Saint Anne in Saint Anne's Church, Mackinac Island, Michigan
Statue of Saint Anne with the Blessed Virgin Mary in Saint Anne's Church, Mackinac Island, Michigan. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 56.

The Transfiguration by Fra Angelico
The Transfiguration by Fra Angelico, Dominican Convent of St. Mark in Florence, Italy (Photo flickr user carulmare; licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic). Page 54.

Baptismal Font in the Museum of Saint Anne's Catholic Church, Mackinac Island, Michigan
Baptismal Font in the Museum of Saint Anne's Catholic Church, Mackinac Island, Michigan. Font cover features Christ being baptized by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. (Photo Scott P. Richert). Page 58.

Stained Glass of Saint Paul - Church of Saint-Pierre-des-Minimes - Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France
Stained Glass, Saint Paul, church of Saint-Pierre-des-Minimes, Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France. Page 60.

The Cross in the Woods - The Largest Crucifix in the World - Indian River, Michigan
The Cross in the Woods in Indian River, Michigan, is the world's largest crucifix. The bronze Corpus is 28 feet tall and weighs seven tons. Completed in August 1959, it was declared a national shrine by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on September 15, 2006. Page 59.

Memento Mori in Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome
A Memento Mori marks a tomb in the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome.

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga - Prayer Card of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
Antique Polish prayer card of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (Property of Scott P. Richert). Page 61.

Saint Anthony of Padua - Statue of Saint Anthony of Padua
Statue of Saint Anthony of Padua holding the Christ Child in the Church of San Crisogono in Trastevere, Rome (Photo by Scott P. Richert). Page 62.

Sacred Heart of Jesus - Statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Sacred Heart of Jesus statue next to right side altar in St. Mary's Oratory, Rockford, Illinois. (Photo by Scott P. Richert). Page 64.

Iraqi Worshipers Pray the Rosary for Pope John Paul II
BAGHDAD, IRAQ - APRIL 7: Worshipers pray the rosary at a service for Pope John Paul II on April 7, 2005, at a Catholic church in Baghdad, Iraq. Pope John Paul II died at his residence in the Vatican on April 2, aged 84 years old. (Photo by Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images). Page 66.

Photos of the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul - Saint Paul, Minnesota
A collection of photos of the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul, formerly the Cathedral of Saint Paul, in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Photos of the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul - Saint Paul, Minnesota
A collection of photos of the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul, formerly the Cathedral of Saint Paul, in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Catholic Images for Wordless Wednesday
Catholic Wordless Wednesday images from the About Catholicism.

Catholic Images for Wordless Wednesday
Catholic Wordless Wednesday images from the About Catholicism.

Catholic Images for Wordless Wednesday
Catholic Wordless Wednesday images from the About Catholicism.

Catholic Images for Wordless Wednesday
Catholic Wordless Wednesday images from the About Catholicism.

Catholic Images for Wordless Wednesday
Catholic Wordless Wednesday images from the About Catholicism.

Catholic Images for Wordless Wednesday
Catholic Wordless Wednesday images from the About Catholicism.

Photos From Pope Benedict's 2009 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
A collection of photos from Pope Benedict XVI's May 2009 pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Photos From Pope Benedict's 2009 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
A collection of photos from Pope Benedict XVI's May 2009 pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Photos From Pope Benedict's 2009 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
A collection of photos from Pope Benedict XVI's May 2009 pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Photos of Pope Benedict's 2008 Visit to the United States
A gallery of images from Pope Benedict XVI's April 2008 apostolic journey to the United States.

Photos of Pope Benedict's 2008 Visit to the United States
A gallery of images from Pope Benedict XVI's April 2008 apostolic journey to the United States.

Photos of Pope Benedict's 2008 Visit to the United States
A gallery of images from Pope Benedict XVI's April 2008 apostolic journey to the United States.

Photos of Pope Benedict's 2008 Visit to the United States
A gallery of images from Pope Benedict XVI's April 2008 apostolic journey to the United States.

Catholicism Basics - Prayers & Practices
Learn about the basics of the Catholic Faith. What does the Catholic Church teach about the Trinity, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, the role of the Catholic Church, the seven Sacraments, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, the Virgin Mary, and the saints? Discover basic Catholic prayers and practices, and begin to learn more about Catholicism!

When Is Good Friday 2017?
Good Friday 2017 is the day on which Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Good Friday 2017.

A Prayer in Time of Earthquake
In this prayer, we ask God that the physical destruction of an earthquake may be turned to the spiritual well-being of those who have survived.

The 2012 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
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Best Catholic to Follow on Twitter - 2012 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
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Best Catholic Facebook Page - 2012 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
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Thanks for Your Support - 2012 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
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Best Catholic Book of 2011 - 2012 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
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Best Catholic Blog - 2012 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
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Best Catholic iOS App - 2012 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
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Best Catholic Radio Show - 2012 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
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Prayers to the Holy Spirit - Holy Spirit Prayers - Prayers to the Holy Ghost
Prayer to the Holy Spirit is less common for many Catholics than prayer to God the Father and to Jesus Christ. These prayers to the Holy Spirit are appropriate for both daily use and for special intentions.

Is There a "Right" Way to Make the Sign of the Cross?
Eastern Catholics make the Sign of the Cross differently from Latin Rite Catholics. Is one way right and the other wrong?

Does Catholic Church Still Believe in Purgatory
The reports of Purgatory's death have been greatly exaggerated. Find out why.

2010 Calendar Dates of Feasts - Dates of Feasts in 2010
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2009 Calendar Dates of Feasts - Dates of Feasts in 2009
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2008 Calendar Dates of Feasts - Dates of Feasts in 2008
Find the dates of moveable feasts and Catholic holy days and holidays for 2008.

About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards
Every year, the About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards showcase the best Catholic products in ten categories. Learn more about the About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards.

President Barack Obama at Notre Dame
Notre Dame's 2009 decision to grant President Barack Obama an honorary degree ignited a firestorm. Learn more about the controversy.

Invocation of the Holy Name of Jesus - Short Prayer to the Holy Name
This short invocation of the Holy Name is a type of prayer known as an aspiration or an ejaculation.

Roman Catholic Prayer for Spiritual Communion
The Roman Catholic Church encourages the faithful to make frequent, if not daily, communion. When we cannot make it to daily Mass, however, we can still make a spiritual communion, in which we express our faith in Christ and in His Presence in the Eucharist, and we ask Him to unite Himself with us.

Prayer for Vocations to the Priestly and Religious Life - Prayer for Priestly Vocations
There are more Catholics than at any time in history, but vocations to the priesthood and religious orders are lagging far behind. In this prayer, we ask God to raise up workers for His Church and for the salvation of souls.

A Prayer for Unbelievers
In this prayer for unbelievers, we are reminded that they, too, are children of God, and that their conversion would only increase our joy.

Psalms
The book of Psalms is a central part of Catholic liturgical life and private prayer. Find the text of some of the most popular psalms for daily prayer and for specific needs.

Daily Prayer Before a Picture of the Holy Family - Daily Prayer to the Holy Family
This Daily Prayer Before a Picture of the Holy Family is a wonderful way for a family to recall that the Holy Family should be our model in all aspects of our family life.

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?

Saint Francis de Sales - Bishop and Doctor of the Church
St. Francis de Sales is renowned for his charity and the clarity of his preaching. Learn more about this bishop and doctor of the Church.

Hope - A Theological Virtue
Hope is the gift to trust that God will grant us eternal life. Learn more about the theological virtue of hope.

When Is Holy Saturday 2016?
Holy Saturday is the day after Good Friday and the day before Easter Sunday. Find the date of Holy Saturday 2016.

When Is the Baptism of the Lord 2016?
The Baptism of the Lord commemorates Christ's Baptism by St. John the Baptist. Find the date of the Baptism of the Lord 2016.

When Is All Saints Day 2016?
All Saints Day celebrates the lives of all Christians who have died in a state of grace. Find the date of All Saints Day 2016.

When Is Thanksgiving Day 2016?
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday with religious significance in the United States. Find the date of Thanksgiving Day 2016.

When Is Immaculate Conception 2016?
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates God's preservation of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the stain of original sin. Find the date of Immaculate Conception 2016.

When Is Assumption 2017? - Date of Assumption 2017
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven. Find the date of Assumption 2017.

When Is the Baptism of the Lord 2017?
The Baptism of the Lord commemorates Christ's Baptism by St. John the Baptist. Find the date of the Baptism of the Lord 2017.

Pope Benedict's 2009 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Find the schedule of Pope Benedict XVI's May 2009 pilgrimage to the Holy Land, as well as coverage of selected events on his visit. In words and pictures, follow the Holy Father on his first pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Popes - Roman Catholic Popes - Popes of Roman Catholicism
What is the papacy? How many popes of the Roman Catholic Church have there been, and who are they? Find biographies of the popes of the Roman Catholic Church and other resources on the papacy here.

Essential Prayers - Prayers all Catholics Should Know
Every Catholic should know these prayers by heart. From the Sign of the Cross to basic morning and evening prayers, we should memorize the standard prayers of the Church to use as a starting point in our daily prayer.

Rosary Prayers - Resources for Praying the Rosary
The rosary is the most popular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Find all the prayers necessary to practice this devotion.

Catholic Daily Prayers - Prayers for Every Day
Catholics pray many of the same prayers every day. Beginning with morning prayer and ending with evening prayer, these daily prayers provide a structure to the Christian life that keeps our thoughts focused on God.

Grace Before and After Meals - Catholic Table Grace
Catholics ask God to bless their food before they eat, and they thank Him for the good things that He has provided after they have finished eating. Find common forms of Catholic grace before and after meals.

Divine Mercy Prayers - Divine Mercy Novena - Divine Mercy Chaplet
Beginning in 1931 and through her death in 1938, St. Maria Faustina Kowalska received revelations and visits from Christ. Christ dictated prayers that He wished Saint Faustina to pray in a novena (a nine-day prayer) from Good Friday through the Octave of Easter, known as Divine Mercy Sunday. The novena is often combined with the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which can also be prayed throughout the year.

Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions - Pope Benedict's Prayer Intentions
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The Apostles - The Disciples of Christ
The original followers of Christ, the Twelve Apostles were the first to preach the Gospel. It is on their authority that the entire structure of the Catholic Church rests. Learn more about each of the Twelve Apostles.

Pope John Paul II's Beatification Mass - May 1, 2011
On May 1, 2011, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI presided at the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Find the full text of Pope Benedict's homily at the beatification of Pope John Paul II, as well as photos from the beatification Mass.

From the Seventh to the End of the Tenth Commandment - Lesson Thirty-Fourth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Thirty-Fourth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 provides an overview of the meaning of the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Commandments. Lesson Thirty-Fourth contains 16 questions and answers, numbered consecutively with Lesson Thirty-Third, as well as links to other resources.

From the Seventh to the End of the Tenth Commandment - Lesson Thirty-Fourth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Thirty-Fourth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 provides an overview of the meaning of the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Commandments. Lesson Thirty-Fourth contains 16 questions and answers, numbered consecutively with Lesson Thirty-Third, as well as links to other resources.

On the Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Commandments of the Church - Lesson Thirty-Sixth - Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Lesson Thirty-Sixth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth commandments of the Church. Lesson Thirty-Sixth contains 11 questions and answers, numbered consecutively with Lesson Thirty-Fifth, as well as links to other resources.