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How many Catholic cardinals are there in the world?
The number of cardinals varies as older cardinals pass away or new cardinals are appointed. There are currently about 180 cardinals world wide but only 120 of those are eligible to participate in a papal conclave to elect a new pope. Once a man reaches 80 years of age he remains a cardinal but is unable to vote. The pope usually will appoint new cardinals to fill the positions held when a cardinal retires or dies so as to keep the number...
Asked in Easter, Catholicism, Lent
Why is it called Good Friday if the day was supposed to be sad?
Good Friday and Jesus Our Lord Good Friday is the day commemorating Jesus Christ's death on the Cross, which is probably to be dated April 3, A.D. 33. In the liturgical calendar of the Western church, it is the Friday before Easter. The exact origins of the name are uncertain; some argue it stems from the use of "Good" as an adjective applied to the day, which is an Old English synonym for "holy." Others argue it is a corruption of the word...
Is there a St. Paul Catholic or St. Gregory's or St. Mary's Church or St. Paul refugee Catholic Church in Dakar Senegal?
If you get mail or email about refugee Catholic anything in Dakar Senegal, it is spam, they are trying to get money, your email address, anything. Do not reply, nor answer, just report it to the authorities. It would appear not. It would appear, from various searches, that most of the mail coming from Dakar Senegal claiming to be Catholic Churches are scams. If you get any such mail or email, please report it at once and do not respond to it. There...
What is the place called before you go to heaven?
If you are a Catholic, you will believe that souls go to purgatory before ascending to heaven. Answer According to biblical text the place you go to before going to heave is called earth. There is no biblical in-between where souls are sent after death as a matter of fact in the book of Ecclesiastes 12:7 which was written about flesh man, you find the following. "Then shall the dust return to the Earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto...
Asked in Christmas, Trees, Catholicism
When should you take down your Christmas tree and decorations?
In most English speaking countries, the decorations are traditionally taken down on 12th night (6th January). In Italy, they continue until Candlemas (2nd February). However in our ever commercial world, decorations in shopping centres go up around October and come down before the January sales. ...
Asked in Catholicism, Popes
What are papal indulgences?
Catholic Answer A papal indulgence is just an indulgence which has been granted by the Pope for the benefit of all the faithful. By the way, it is exactly the same thing now as it was five hundred years ago, except that there aren't as many available for alms. from Radio Replies, by Fathers Rumble and Carty, 1942 994. I have heard Catholics speak of indulgences for the souls in purgatory? What are indulgences? Do not mix up the ecclesiastical term indulgence with...
Asked in Catholicism, Popes
What is the papal chair?
Every bishop has a chair, called a cathedra, which was traditional symbol of his teaching and leadership role. The church where the bishops cathedra is located is called a cathedral, and is the 'mother-church' of the diocese which that bishop serves. The pope is the bishop of Rome, so his chair - his cathedra - is located in the cathedral of the diocese of Rome, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. This was also the first church built in Rome. ...
Asked in Catholicism, Angels
Is Jehoel only a Seraph in the Jewish Angel Hierarchy or does he also appear in Christian scripture?
The angel Jehoel does not appear in name in christian scripture, however, he is mentioned in general as "seraphim", which appears in the book of rev and in old testment. Answer: I've been an Orthodox Rabbi for decades and this is the first I've heard of him. This extremely obscure name does not appear in the Jewish Bible, Talmud or prayerbook. In Christianity, he is mentioned in a single Old Church Slavonic text. In Judaism, his name occurs in one rare post-Talmudic work (B'rith Menuha),...
How do you conduct weddings in spiritualist church?
This service can work as a conventional wedding or, with minor alterations, be used as a Unity Ceremony. I get lovely responses from the couples and the guests. Rev. Karen Buchholz First Spiritualist Church of Terre Haute Opening Prayer: Let us form a Circle of Love in our hearts, and begin with a moment of prayer, Heavenly Father, let us connect our hearts and souls with You and each other, Let us bring to this Circle of Love a sense of Respect...
Asked in Catholicism
What does a person study to become a religious or a priest?
Generally when one wishes to enter into the discernment process for the priesthood whether Diocesan or Religious one will study philosophy and theology. Philosophical studies come before one starts theological studies. This is because theology utilizes the language of philosophy. Therefore if one wishes to be a student of theology, one must learn the language. Math is to Science what Philosophy is to Theology. Philosophical studies will consist of an introductory course, then one will progress to study epistemology, metaphysics, ancient, medieval, and modern...
Asked in Catholicism
Where does a nun work?
Catholic Answer A nun, as opposed to a sister (a nun is a woman in solemn vows who lives in a monastery; a sister is usually in perpetual or simple vows or promises, and lives in a convent or out in the world) primary occupation is the Opus Dei, the Work of God, which is the Divine Office and the Mass. This is referred to as "the Office". So, properly speaking, she works at prayer in the chapel, in a monastery. In...
Asked in Christianity, History of Europe, Catholicism
Why was monasticism so important and influential in Europe during the first millennium?
First, people believed in God and the church. Second, people saw monastic life as a way to life in peace and security in a chaotic world. During the first four hundred years of the middle ages, people in western Europe were badly exposed to armed groups of people who were migrating or raiding. The Germanic tribes were a type of such groups, and the Vikings were another. People who lived in the countryside needed protection, and this could come if they moved...
Asked in Politics and Government, Catholicism, Camping
What do you do at church camp?
Activities vary depending on the specific camp. Generally, you participate in outdoor and/or religion-based games and activities. Singing is a common activity. You would also likely have discussion about your religion, and spend time praying. ...
Asked in Catholicism
What are the Catholic Stations of the Cross?
The Stations of the Cross are commonly prayed during the season of Lent. They are very commonly found on the walls of Catholic Churches, so a quick visit to your nearest neighboring church will likely have the following on the walls: I. Christ condemned to death II. Christ receives his Cross III. Christ's first fall IV. Christ meets Mary V. Christ receives help from Simon of Cyrene VI. Christ's face is wiped by Veronica VII. Christ's second fall VIII. Christ meets the women of Jerusalem IX. Christ's...
Asked in Catholicism, Saints
What was Dorothy Day famous for?
Dorothy Day was an American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert. She worked closely with fellow activist Peter Maurin to establish the Catholic Worker movement. She is currently being considered for sainthood and is now titled Servant of God. ...
Where do palms for Palm Sunday come from?
From the trees just outside Jerusalem. It's called Palm Sunday because this is when the Jews laid palm leaves on the road as Jesus entered Jerusalem. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Palm Sunday is a Christian feast which is the Sunday before Easter Sunday. It is also called Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion. In many Christian churches on Palm Sunday Palm leaves, often tied into the shape of crosses are given out to everyone who attends. In some places, palm leaves are unobtainable, and...