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Is the Timing Off? 

Oct 22, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
In praying the joyful mysteries of the rosary, I wonder about the timing of the events cited.

What Is Systemic Racism? 

Oct 22, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
I’ve been hearing the term "systemic racism" used more and more lately, and I’m not sure if I agree with what I am hearing. Can you define what systemic racism is?

How Should We Combat Hate? 

Sep 23, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
How do we overcome the small, everyday negativities that can build up and weigh us down?

Justification by Faith Alone 

Sep 23, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
What is the Catholic Church’s position on justification by faith alone? 

God’s Kingdom: What Is It?

Sep 23, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
Does kingdom of God refer to a place, a church, a new culture based on the beatitudes, or any situation in which the presence of Jesus is experienced?

Wearing a Tau Cross 

Aug 25, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
Am I allowed to wear a Tau cross? Can I wear it with knots? Because I have not taken the same vows, I’m not sure if it’s proper for me to wear the knots. 

Salvation for Extraterrestrials?  

Aug 25, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
Did Jesus visit them also and die again on the cross to free them from sin? I don’t know what we should believe about UFOs and life on other planets.

Jews and the Death Penalty

Aug 25, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
The Jewish leaders brought Jesus before Pilate because they said their law would not allow them to put anyone to death. However, earlier in the same Gospel, they were planning to stone a woman caught in adultery. Wasn’t this a death sentence?

Celebrating the Mass in Latin 

Aug 25, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
The other day at Mass, someone told me that the pope has said that priests can no longer celebrate Mass in Latin. Is that true?

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