Catholic who died saving a woman’s life at London Bridge hailed as a hero

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Ignacio Echeverria, who died trying to help a woman being attacked by terrorists at London Bridge, was a committed Mass-goer who always stood up for the weak, his friends and family have said. Mr Echeverria, 39, was among eight people killed in the attack on Saturday. Early reports said he had gone to a woman’s

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Is it a mortal sin to get drunk?

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When there is a question of what is sinful and what isn’t, there usually are certain acts that do not always have a yes-no kind of reply as to their moral quality. Drinking is one of those. There are a couple of factors to be considered by the individual to determine if drinking as much

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Must a crucifix be present at the altar for the Mass to be valid?

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Full Question I would like to know if it is necessary for a crucifix to be present at the altar in order for the Mass to be valid. Answer Masses are not valid or invalid, they are licit (in conformity with the law) or illicit (not in conformity with the law). It is the consecration

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As a recent convert, how long must I wait before I pursue a calling to the priesthood?

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Full Question I am a 30-year-old man who converted to Catholicism a year ago. I’m interested in the priesthood but wonder how long one must wait before taking such a step. Answer How long a convert is required to wait depends on the individual. An Orthodox priest who entered the Church is already ordained and

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What does the Holy See have to say about the Lipa Marian apparitions?

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Lipa, Philippines (CNA) - A negative judgement given in a document signed by local bishops and subsequent suppression of the devotion most likely drove the visionary nun out of the convent. Years later, some bishops involved in the disapproval of the case allegedly came forward with deathbed confessions, saying they only ruled against the apparitions

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The Sins a priest cannot forgive?

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The Church has power to forgive sins and this authority is exercised by the members of her clergy to whom the Church has given the permission to do so. However there are some sins that the Church has reserved to the Pope and bishops to forgive. Some of them are as follows: 1. Physically attacking

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5 Common Misconceptions about Purgatory

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All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1030)   1. It’s not just a giant waiting room. Or a

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Like the Fatima visionaries, we should meditate on hell

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What are we to make of the vision of hell which was seen by the Fatima children on July 13, 1917? The vision was revealed in Sister Lucia’s Third Memoir – which was written in the summer of 1941 – when she stated that she was going to reveal the first two parts of the

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Miraculous dreams of Jesus Christ lead Muslims to Christianity

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God is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-encompassing, so when Muslim refugees began to experience visitations from Christ, it came as no surprise that they were forever changed. Nizar Shaheen, the host of Light for the Nations – a Christian program aired in Muslim-dense areas – explained: “I’ve seen many, many Arabic-speaking people turning to Christ, accepting

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Why does the priest give us a penance after confession?

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The priest gives us a penance after confession that we may make some atonement to God for our sins, receive help to avoid them in the future, and make some satisfaction for the temporal punishment due to them. Perhaps it should first be observed that all penances are intrinsically inadequate in order to make true

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