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Death of Beauraing Visionary Renews Message of Apparition by Deacon Edward Looney of Ignitum Today -

Pope Francis to Married Couples: Discover the Joy and Happiness of Having a Large Family - Diane Montagna, Aleteia∝

Intelligent Design and Darwinian Gradualism - Bob Drury, Catholic Stand

When Teaching Truth Stops Being a Church Priority – James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

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USCCB Finds it Impossible to ‘Obey’ the GIRM – Jeff Ostrowski, Views from the Choir Loft

Lenten Survival Guide for People Who Hate Fish – Alex R. Hey, Epic Pew

Gonzaga: “We Hide the Word ‘Catholic’ From Prospective Students” – Jim Infantine, First Things

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth – Siobhan Benitez, Ignitum Today

Controversy Over Female Altar Servers – Jeff Ostrowski, Views from the Choir Loft

Living the Sorrowful Mysteries – Victor Ajluni MD, Catholic Stand

New Vermont Bishop’s Controversial Comments about Transgender Persons – Draper Warren, Catholic Household

Conquering Rome: Well Why Not? – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Media Must Invest in Journalists who Understand Religion – Conor Gaffey, Catholic Herald Magazine

50 Shades of Chastity and Saint Valentine – Birgit Jones, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis: Reformer or Renewer? – Father Dwight Longenecker, Aleteia∝

Pope Francis and a Curious Encounter at the Tomb of Padre Pio - Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

Italian Health Minister: “We are a Dying Country” – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

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Horace Vernet, “The Angel of Death,” 1851

Don’t Wait to Cram for Your ‘Final Exam’

“Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven — through a purification or immediately — or immediate and everlasting damnation.” (CCC 1022)

Francisco de Zurbarán, “The Family of the Virgin,” ca. 1650

Why Do We Ask Mary to Pray for Us?

“After her Son’s Ascension, Mary ‘aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers.’ In her association with the apostles and several women, ‘we also see Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit, who had already overshadowed her in the Annunciation.’” (CCC 965)