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    Is it common place to address letters directly to the Pope himself?

    The Pope has his own email so that one can send him an email -- and I've been told that on certain occasions that account receives millions of emails every day! So, I think it should be obvious that the absolutely staggering volume of messages that get sent to the Pope means he can't personally...
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    Formula for Easter Date

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    Days of Obligation

    Intentionally missing Mass on a Holy Day of Obligation without a good excuse is a mortal sin in the Latin Catholic Church. The reason being, participation in Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is a precept of the Church (CIC, can. 1246-1248; CCEO, can. 881 # 1, # 2, # 4; CCC 2042)...
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    St Constantine the Great

    There are many Saints venerated in the Latin Catholic Church that don't appear in the Roman Martyrology (the official list of Saints in the Latin Catholic Church). There are just too many to name them all. But, at the end of every day there is one last entry: And elsewhere in divers places...
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    Formula for Easter Date

    I'm looking for the official formula for the calculation of the date of Easter currently in use with the Orthodox. Also, does the formula differ based on whether the Julian vs Gregorian calendar is used (obviously the date could be different even using the same formula)?
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    Folk origins of RC devotions

    The First Fridays devotion arose from the private revelations to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in the 17th century regarding the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Brown Scapular was originally the work apron of the Carmelites (a.k.a. The Order of the Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel). The word...
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    The Incorruptibles

    I wasn't aware that Saint Pio was acknowledged as an incorruptible. As for the other two, this seems to be a French thing to hide discolored skin (not decayed, just discolored). Silly French.  :P
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    The Incorruptibles

    What would make you think such a thing?
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    The Incorruptibles

    That's a reasonable enough question. The answer is that early on (say in the first millenium), often when the relics were transferred, it was then discovered that the body had remained incorrupt. Also, sometimes it was meant that a tomb or such was to be reused (a common practice, which is way...
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    Beauty of Catholic Litanies

    This style goes even back to the Old Testament. For example, refer to Psalm 136(137) or the Canticle of the Three Children (David 3:56-88).
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    The Incorruptibles

    In the first millenium Church (before the Schism) there were numerous Saints who were preserved from bodily corruption even after death. For instance, Saints Agatha and Cecilia were both preserved (i.e., still look alive) even centuries after their deaths. We in the Catholic Church call these...
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    What's with the Virgin Showing Off Hell?

    I thought the Orthodox believed that prayer helps the deceased -- and what pray is more efficacious than the Divine Liturgy! Also, I never read any authoritatively Catholic source that stated that buying enough "Mass cards" could get someone out of Purgatory on the Saturday after death. As for...
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    What is the deal?

    I don't hold any person of the Godhead to be contingent. I was merely pointing to the contradiction The Arians held that within time the Father created the Son. On the contrary, the begetting of the Son happens outside of time from all eternity. Umm, no. I don't have the time in a post to fully...
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    What is the deal?

    Well, what was quoted originally sounds really weird -- I don't quite know what it says. But, as far as the Trinity being a communion of love, it indeed is to be found in the writings of Saint Augustine, particularly his great work on the Trinity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states...
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    What is the deal?

    A "willful act"? So is the Son created because the Father wills to beget Him? The Father as source of the Trinity could have, perhaps, been stingy and not poured Himself out into the Son. And by way of love, love always involves the will.