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Are Catholics Allowed to Own Guns? 

Mar 26, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
In light of the chaos in the United States and around the world, are Catholics allowed to own guns or support the National Rifle Association? 

Pilate’s Role in Jesus’ Death 

Mar 26, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
How are Christians to accept two completely different versions of Christ’s trial before Pilate?

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Mar 26, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
Why is there no Gospel account of Jesus’ meeting with his mother right after his resurrection or in the 40 days before his ascension?

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Feb 26, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
I would like a priest or layperson to recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy beside me as I am dying. Is this a vital preparation for one’s soul to enter heaven?

What Is the Meaning of the Tau Cross?

Feb 26, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
Why do Franciscans so often wear a Tau cross or use it in their artwork? Also, compared to the crosses we usually see, why doesn’t it have a top part?

Was St. Joseph a Virgin?

Feb 26, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
Eucharistic Prayer I refers to Mary, the mother of Jesus, as “ever virgin” but does not use the same expression for St. Joseph. Why?

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Jan 29, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
How many times a day may one receive Communion?

Share Your Reasons to Remain Catholic

Jan 29, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
Local parishes encourage us to bring nonpracticing Catholics “back into the fold.” I can’t get my adult kids to come regularly because they consider Mass an ancient practice with little or no relevance today. I know many other parents who are in the same situation. What can we do?

What Did Jesus Mean by 'Poor in Spirit'?

Jan 29, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
In Matthew 5:3, Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” In Luke 6:20b, he says, “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.” Is he talking about two different groups of people? If not, what does “poor in spirit” mean? How can being “poor in spirit” make you blessed?

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