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The miracle of the liquified blood

March 23, 2015

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It started quietly and with a degree of cautiousness but by the end of the weekend the internet was flowing with stories of the miracle in the presence of Pope Francis.

Some stories used quotes around ‘miracle’

From Brietbart: ‘Miracle’ Proclaimed as Saint’s Blood Liquefies in the Presence of Pope Francis

From the UK: Pope Francis ‘Miracle’ Sees Blood Of Patron Saint Januarius Half Liquify During Naples Visit

Some stories inexplicably claimed that the pope was being credited with a miracle

From Huffpo: Pope Francis Credited With Performing ‘Miracle’ As St. Gennaro’s Blood Liquifies

From The Guardian: Pope Francis’s half-miracle: why he’ll need more than that to become a saint 

Some Catholic sources

Catholic Online: For the first time in over 150 years — Blood of St. Januarius liquefies during Francis’ visit to Naples

The Catholic Spirit: Saint’s relic with miraculous tendencies does it again for Pope Francis

 

The Church has never formally pronounced one way or the other on the miracle but does allow for veneration of the relic.

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10 questions to increase your Catholic IQ

August 26, 2011

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Image by Valerie Everett. Licensed under Creative Commons.

A newly-ordained priest said during a homily recently that when he left seminary he realized he didn’t know everything.

He was speaking tongue-in-cheek, but his comments made me think about how much there is to know about the Catholic Faith.  No matter how many questions we answer, I think we’ll always have more because ultimately, God is a mystery.

Here are 10 intriguing questions about the Faith–not in any order–that readers and other inquiring Catholics have sent in for this blog. I’m curious about which ones you’re most interested in or if there are others (and I’m sure there are) that didn’t make the list.

  1. What is a miracle?
  2. Why do we baptize babies?
  3. What is an indulgence?
  4. What does the Church teach about cremation?
  5. Why do we need to confess our sins to a priest?
  6. What is penance and is it just for Lent?
  7. What does the Church teach about polygamy?
  8. What is natural law?
  9. What is intinction?
  10. Why do we pray to saints?

I’d also like to know if anyone ever asks you questions about the faith–either other Catholics or non-Catholics. Are there topics for which you’d like to have an answer ready, in case they come up again? Do you ever wish you could engage Mormons or evangelical groups in conversation about faith when they come to the door, but don’t quite know how to express your beliefs?

These are good reasons to keep asking questions about the Catholic Faith. Look for answers to the 10 intriguing questions in future posts. And email in what you’ve been wondering about!

 

 

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