Jimmy Akin

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

This article originally appeared Aug. 28, 2013, at the Register.   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...

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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...

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9 Things You Need to Know About Divine Mercy Sunday

Editor's Note: This blog was originally posted April 4, 2013.   Divine Mercy Sunday is a recent addition to the Church's calendar, and it has links to both private revelation and the Bible. Millions of people look forward to and are profoundly...

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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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“Three Days and Three Nights?”

In Matthew 12:40, Jesus says: Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. This has widely—and correctly—been understood as a reference...