Jimmy Akin

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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...

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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 we...

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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 of...

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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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Palm Sunday: 9 Things to Know and Share!

Palm Sunday — or is it Passion Sunday? — marks the beginning of Holy Week. This day commemorates not one but two very significant events in the life of Christ. Here are 9 things you need to know.   1. What is this day called? The day is...

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God Under Another Name?

A reader writes: Old Testament scholars like Knauf and Romer make a case for YHWH being a storm god related to Qos and Edomite religion, based on a linguistic case. If their theory was plausible and you had to accept it, how would you...

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

Several newspapers are reporting that Pope Francis is likely to approve a change in the Italian translation of the Lord’s Prayer. This is causing concern in some quarters. What’s the real story, and what does it mean for us? Let’s take a look...