Jimmy Akin

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St. Luke: 10 Things to Know and Share

Oct. 18 is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. Who was he and what do we know about him? Here are 10 things to know and share...   1) Who was St. Luke? St. Luke is mentioned by name in three passages of Scripture: In Colossians 4:14,...

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Who Was St. Francis of Assisi? 12 Things to Know and Share

St. Francis is one of the most famous saints in Church history. He’s so significant that the current pope—Pope Francis—chose to take his name. Oct. 4 is his memorial day. But who was he, and what did he do? Here are 12 things to know and...

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Who Was St. John the Baptist? (11 Things to Know and Share)

John the Baptist is a mysterious figure in the New Testament. He was famous in his own day, even before he became the herald of Christ. We even know about him from outside the New Testament. The Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the...

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St. Augustine: 10 Things to Know and Share

Aug. 28 is the memorial of St. Augustine, bishop and doctor of the Church. He’s one of the most influential Church Fathers and theologians in history. Who was he and why is he so famous? Here are 10 things to know and share . . .   1) When...

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The Assumption of Mary: 12 Things to Know and Share

August 15 is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. In the United States, it is a holy day of obligation (in years when it does not fall on a Monday). What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it...

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10 Things You Need to Know About Jesus’ Transfiguration

The Transfiguration of Our Lord is hard to understand. Why did it happen? What did it mean? Here are 10 things you need to know.   1. What does the word “transfiguration” mean? The word “transfiguration” comes from the Latin roots trans-...

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12 Things to Know and Share About the Holy Trinity

This article originally appeared May 26, 2013, at the Register.   The Church teaches that the Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian Faith. But how much do you know about this mystery? What is its history? What does it...

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8 Things to Know and Share About Pentecost

This article originally appeared May 18, 2013, at the Register.   The original day of Pentecost saw dramatic events that are important to the life of the Church. But where did the feast of Pentecost come from? How can we understand what...

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A 10-Point Primer on the Lord’s Prayer Changes

According to a June 7 CNA article, “The Apostolic See has confirmed the translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal prepared by the Italian bishops’ conference. The translation has garnered attention for its changes to the Our Father, as...

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On Charging a Pope with Heresy

There are multiple problems with the recent Open Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church that charges Pope Francis with heresy, but here we will focus on the core problem: the letter fails to sustain the charge of heresy. This fault is...