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February 2018

This (and not St. Peter’s) is the biggest church in the world
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February 24, 2018

This (and not St. Peter’s) is the biggest church in the world

It has an exterior area of around 30,000 square meters. When the Lebanese architect Pierre Fakhoury was designing the basilica of Notre-Dame de la Paix (Our Lady of Peace), he certainly had St. Peter’s Basilica in mind: the designs of…
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Clay seal with ‘signature of Prophet Isaiah’ found in Jerusalem
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February 24, 2018

Clay seal with ‘signature of Prophet Isaiah’ found in Jerusalem

The seal was found ten feet from where the same archaeological team had already found another one belonging to King Hezekiah An archaeological discovery near Jerusalem’s Temple Mount may be proof of the life of the biblical prophet Isaiah, according to…
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Medieval Lent was harder than you think
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February 24, 2018

Medieval Lent was harder than you think

Would you mind breaking your fast at evening, rather than giving up chocolate? Throughout history, the austerity of Lent (Quadragesima, in Latin, meaning “the forty days” or, even more accurately, “the fortieth day”) has varied. Some of the Fathers of…
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The reason John the Baptist has wings in Orthodox icons
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February 24, 2018

The reason John the Baptist has wings in Orthodox icons

The key is in the “message.” In most Christian traditions, St. John the Baptist is also known as the “last prophet of the Old Testament,” the “forerunner of Christ,” or the “glorious prophet.” Typologically related to the prophet Elijah, the…
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Pope to visit Roman parish where child hero attended catechism
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February 24, 2018

Pope to visit Roman parish where child hero attended catechism

Little girl died in 2016 earthquake, using her body to protect her little sister. Francis will visit the parish of St. Gelasius I in the northeast section of Rome on February 25, the Holy See reported this week. This pastoral…
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5 Important things Jesus said about prayer
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February 24, 2018

5 Important things Jesus said about prayer

He practiced what he preached. Among the many teachings Jesus left us, one of the most powerful was his example of prayer. He not only taught his disciples how to pray, but most importantly modeled it so that others could…
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The first synod in history prepared using social networks
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February 24, 2018

The first synod in history prepared using social networks

The Holy See wants to start a global conversation with young people through #Synod2018. The Synod of Bishops that the Catholic Church will hold in October 2018 on the subject of young people will be preceded by a global dialog,…
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Why does fasting have anything to do with a far-away war?
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February 24, 2018

Why does fasting have anything to do with a far-away war?

Pope Francis named Friday as a day of fasting for peace. What's the point? During the Angelus address of February 4, Pope Francis declared “a special day of fasting and prayer for peace,” setting the date for Friday of the…
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Mary’s shadow on the Way of the Cross
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February 24, 2018

Mary’s shadow on the Way of the Cross

The moment that a mother's kiss bestowed but a fleeting instant of peace. Every Friday evening of Lent Catholics gather at churches the world over for fish fries, soup suppers, and, above all, the Stations of the Cross. The Stations…
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This is the type of conversion that Jesus wants after Lent is over
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February 24, 2018

This is the type of conversion that Jesus wants after Lent is over

After spending 40 days in prayer, Jesus challenged his disciples to do this. In the Gospel of Mark, after Jesus spent 40 days in prayer he began his public ministry with a bold proclamation, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom…
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