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What is a "sick box"?
A "sick box" was a container of materials meant to help someone offer spiritual comfort to an ill person. The candles and statues may be…
Why not just "The Passion of Christ"?
Gibson likely chose the title for his movie because Christ is not a personal name but a title meaning "the Anointed One." So the title…
What is the Divine Mercy chaplet?
The Divine Mercy chaplet is a prayer devotion said on standard rosary beads that is believed to have been given by Christ to St. Faustina…
Is there a difference between a presider and a celebrant?
Presider and celebrant are synonyms for the person who offers the Mass. Thus, only a priest or bishop can be a presider or celebrant.…
Was this truly a Mass if a woman celebrated it?
Without more information, it is impossible to determine whether the woman was offering Mass or leading a Communion service. Given the…
Aren't pro-life Catholics who support a particular war being hypocritical?
Because there are cases in which war can be morally justified, Catholics are permitted to disagree over whether any particular war is…
Should Catholic parents force their children to be confirmed against their will?
No, they should not force their children to be confirmed. Although confirmation can be validly received by infants, as is done in Eastern…
Did Jesus die for Christians only?
Jesus died for the redemption of all mankind. The apostle Paul says, "For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on…
May I own a rosary for artistic display?
There is nothing wrong with buying a rosary because you consider it a beautiful art form. Many people collect examples of artifacts of…
Why do Catholics "go to rosaries" when someone dies?
When a Catholic dies, his friends and family often gather together to pray the rosary for the repose of his soul. Saying that one is "going…
Why are there so many religious orders? Can anybody join?
Basically, there are different religious orders in the Church because each order has its own purpose. For example, the Franciscans have a…
Why all the fuss about The Da Vinci code, considering it's just a piece of fiction?
Actually, the Church as an institution has had no comment, one way or the other, on The Da Vinci Code. The book has not been placed by the…