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Dear catholic.com visitors: This website from Catholic Answers, with all its many resources, is the world's largest source of explanations for Catholic beliefs and practices. A fully independent, lay-run, 501(c)(3) ministry that receives no funding from the institutional Church, we rely entirely on the generosity of everyday people like you to keep this website going with trustworthy , fresh, and relevant content. If everyone visiting this month gave just $1, catholic.com would be fully funded for an entire year. Do you find catholic.com helpful? Please make a gift today. Thank you. Wishing you a blessed Lenten season.

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Steve Weidenkopf is a lecturer of Church History at the Christendom College Graduate School of Theology and the author of The Glory of the Crusades and The Real Story of Catholic History, from Catholic Answers Press. He is also the creator and author of Epic: A Journey through Church History, an adult faith-formation program on the 2,000-year history of the Church. 

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