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Fr. Joseph Fessio answers:

Why does the Church choose Matthew 6 as the Ash Wednesday Gospel reading when we have the tradition of placing ashes on our foreheads?

How do you explain confession to someone who was raised with no religion?

Is there a good book that gives the history of the development of the Mass?

From where in Scripture does the Catholic Church get its teaching on organ donation?

I was told that when St. John the Baptist leaped in Elizabeth’s womb, original sin was removed from him — have you ever heard this?

Can you explain the difference between how Catholics and Protestants view the atonement?

Can you point me to some official resources from the Church that discuss universal salvation?

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