Jimmy Akin

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Pope Hints at New CDF Document on End-of-Life Issues

Not a lot of people are aware of it, but the pope periodically meets with and gives a speech to the different departments at the Holy See. Every January, for example, he gives an address to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF)...

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Let’s Talk About Bad Singing in Church

Have you ever been in church and had someone sitting near you belting out hymns off-key or off-pitch? It happened to me this Sunday. A woman in the pew behind mine was singing enthusiastically, blasting my right ear with notes out of sync with...

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8 Things You Need to Know About Easter Sunday

Note: This article originally appeared on March 30, 2013.     The great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas. What happened on this day? Was Jesus' resurrection a...

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12 Things You Need to Know About Holy Saturday

Note: This article originally appeared at the Register on March 29, 2013.     Everytime we say the creed, we note that Jesus "descended into hell." Holy Saturday is the day that commemorates this event. What happened on this day, and how do...

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9 Things You Need to Know About Good Friday

Note: This article originally appeared at the Register on March 28, 2013.     Good Friday is the most somber day of the Christian year. It is the day our Savior died for us. It is the day we were redeemed from our sins by the voluntary death...

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10 Things You Need to Know About Holy Thursday

This article originally appeared on March 27, 2013.   Every single Mass, we hear the words "on the night he was betrayed." That night was Holy Thursday, and it is one of the most important nights in all of history. Here are 10 things you need...

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Did More Than One Man Write Isaiah?

For most of Church history, the standard view was that the entire book of Isaiah—all 66 chapters of it—was written by one man: the original prophet Isaiah, who lived in the 700s B.C. However, most modern scholars propose that it is the work of...

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Why Background Knowledge is Important for Spiritual Counsel

Recently I was contacted by an individual seeking spiritual counsel about, among other things, a strange phenomenon he was experiencing. Per my usual policy, I’m not going to identify this individual. I’m also going to refer to him with a...

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What Every Catholic Should Know About Obadiah

A Short Book Obadiah is only 21 verses long, which makes it the shortest book of the Old Testament. Because it’s so short, it doesn’t contain as much data as other books, and that means we have less to work with when answering important...

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Bart Ehrman is Wrong to Doubt Jesus’ Reputation as a Miracle Worker

Even skeptical scholars who don’t believe that Jesus really worked miracles acknowledge that, during his lifetime, he had a reputation as a healer and an exorcist. The numerous reports of Jesus’ healings and exorcisms in the Gospels are just too...