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Bishops pray at the start of a session of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican Oct. 9, 2018. (OSV News file photo/Paul Haring, CNS)

Ask a Franciscan: What Follows the October 2023 Synod?

What happens after this four-week meeting during which many diverse viewpoints have been expressed? How will the process work? Will the results wind up in a binder gathering dust?
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Ask a Franciscan: Devotion to Mary

What is the oldest Marian shrine in the United States?   The Shrine of Our Lady de la Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios in St. Augustine, Florida, was built in 1615. The devotion to Mary as the nursing mother of
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Ask a Franciscan: Catholic and Orthodox Groups in Ukraine

What is the difference between the Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church? Are both of those Churches present in the United States?
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Ask a Franciscan: Inner and Outer Beauty

Should a laywoman use artificial beauty aids such as hair coloring, nails, eyelashes, or makeup? 
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Ask a Franciscan: What About Universal Salvation?

Father Pat McCloskey, OFM, answers questions in his Ask a Franciscan column!
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Ask a Franciscan: Anger at the Church

Father Pat McCloskey, OFM, answers questions in his Ask a Franciscan column!
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Ask a Franciscan: Marriage, Miracles, and Tattoos

Father Pat McCloskey, OFM, answers questions about marriage, the rosary, and whether it's a sin to get a tattoo.
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