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Ask a Franciscan: What Will the October 2023 Synod Discuss?

Pope Francis has called for a synod to be held in Rome, starting in October 2023 with another session in October 2024.

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‘Is Lying Always a Sin?’

Is lying always a sin?

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Praying Quickly or Slowly? 

Does the speed of praying make a difference? 

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Giving a Saint’s Name at Baptism 

Is this required? Some Christians have first names that are not those of a saint or a variant on a saint’s name. 

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Preparing for the 2023 World Synod of Bishops

Can you recommend a book describing what Vatican II was all about? Something in plain English without interpretation by the author? 

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‘Scripture Alone’ 

I know that this term is strongly supported by some Christians and vigorously challenged by others. When did it originate and what does it mean? 

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Jesus’ Human Soul

As fully divine and fully human, Jesus must have had a human soul, right?

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Do you have a question for Father Pat McCloskey, OFM? The author of St. Anthony Messenger’s popular “Ask a Franciscan” column is ready to answer your toughest questions!

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