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The Bible and Social Media

What does the Bible say about our use of social media? 
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No Funeral Mass for a Cremated Person? 

What is the Church's official stance on cremation?
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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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What Is Systemic Racism? 

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?
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