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February 7, 2014

“Who among you remembers the date of your Baptism?” This was the question that Pope Francis repeated last November, during one of his weekly general audiences. He was addressing the thousands of pilgrims who gathered in St. Peter’s Square and asked for a show of hands of those who knew the date. As he clearly suspected, few were...

December 6, 2013

You’re probably wondering if the title of this post contains a typo. It doesn’t. I’ll explain why in a moment. As many of you know, today is the feast of St. Nicholas, the fourth-century Greek Bishop of Myra in Lycia (part of modern-day Turkey) who in the United States and other parts of the world has become identified with Santa Claus.

In the last few days, in anticipation of his feast as well as of Christmas, a number of bloggers have commented on the many fantastical legends...

November 22, 2013

A few days ago I received the following e-mail query: What is the identity of the naked man in Mark 14:51-52?

This is one of those biblical mysteries that have always fascinated me, and I am certainly not alone in this. Believers have been puzzling over the identity of this young man in the linen garment for centuries.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with St. Mark’s account of the betrayal and arrest of Jesus, in it the Evangelist describes a mysterious figure:...

November 15, 2013

The Year of Faith is almost the Year That Was. Can you believe it? 

Promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI on October 11, 2011, the Year of Faith was the Holy Father's way of exhorting Catholics to a renewal and rediscovery of faith while commemorating two important anniversaries. He wrote in his apostolic letter Porta Fidei:

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October 4, 2013

It is a little-known fact that there are actually two categories or types of stigmata: visible and invisible

Visible stigmata refer to the spontaneous wound marks that appear on a person’s body that correspond to the wounds Christ bore during his Passion—such as the hands, feet, side, brow, and back. Reported cases of stigmata take various forms. Visible stigmatics might bear some or all of these marks. Others only experience the suffering without any...