Jimmy Akin

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Our Lady of Guadalupe: 6 Things to Know and Share

Dec. 12 is the commemoration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In the United States, the day is a feast. Linked to this day is Dec. 9, which is the optional memorial of Juan Diego, to whom she appeared. Here are 6 things to know and share...   1)...

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The Immaculate Conception: 8 Things to Know and Share...

Dec. 8 is ordinarily celebrated as the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, but this year in the U.S., it’s being celebrated Monday, Dec. 9. It celebrates an important point of Catholic teaching, and in most years it is a holy day of...

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The Last Church Father: 7 Things to Know and Share

On Dec. 4 we celebrate St. John of Damascus. He was a priest, a religious, and he is a doctor of the Church. He’s also the last Church Father. Here are 7 things to know and share...   1) Why is he the last of the Church Fathers? We need to...

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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...