Jimmy Akin

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7 Things Pope Francis Wants You to Know About Jesus' Ascension

Whether your diocese celebrates the Ascension of Christ on Thursday or Sunday, the time is upon us. In 2013, Pope Francis gave an explanation of the Ascension, what it means, and how it affects our lives. Here are 7 things he wants you to...

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9 Things to Know and Share About Fatima

May 13 is the optional memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. Fatima is the most prominent approved apparition of the 20th century. It became famous the world over, particular for its three-part “secret.” Here are 9 things to know and share with...

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8 Things to Know and Share About St. Catherine of Siena

April 29 is the memorial of St. Catherine of Siena. She is a saint, a mystic and a doctor of the Church, as well as a patroness of Italy and of Europe. Who was she, and why is her life so significant? Here are 8 things to know and...

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9 Things You Need to Know About Divine Mercy Sunday

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 moved by this day. What is it, and why is it so important to...

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7 Clues Tell Us *Precisely* When Jesus Died (the Year, Month, Day, and Hour Revealed)

We are in the midst of our annual celebrations of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We all know that this happened in Jerusalem in the first century. That separates Jesus from mythical pagan deities, who were supposed to live in places or times...

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9 Things You Need to Know About Good Friday

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 God Himself at the hands of man. Here are 9 things you need to know.   1....

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10 Things You Need to Know About Holy Thursday

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 to know.   1. What happened on the original Holy...

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9 Things You Need to Know About Palm (Passion) Sunday

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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8 Things to Know and Share About the Annunciation

We are celebrating the solemnity of the Annunciation. This day celebrates the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to announce of the birth of Christ. What's going on and why is this day important? Here are 8 things you need to...

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6 Liturgical No-No's During Lent

Like other liturgical seasons, Lent has its own special rules, and there are certain things that should not be done in Lent. Here are 6 of them...   1. Instrumental music with no singing In some parishes, instrumental music is used at certain...