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The Names of Pope John Paul II

Like any pope, John Paul II was not born as "John Paul." Here are the names, nicknames, aliases, and pseudonyms John Paul II used (or answered to) in his lifetime. [more…]

John Paul II For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The first Polish pope, John Paul II was a thinker and a leader whose religious convictions defined a new approach toward world politics — and changed the course of history. See the key dates in John Paul [more…]

Comparing Beliefs across the Christian Church

Different Christian denominations are organized and worship in different ways. This handy list will help you keep track of and compare some differences in worship, rituals, and beliefs of the largest groups [more…]

Christianity For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Understanding Christianity starts with looking at the basics that connect Christians. Then you can compare the beliefs across the Christian church, the keys to worship, and read the Nicean creed, which [more…]

The Joyful Mysteries in Catholicism

The Joyful Mysteries are prayed on Mondays and Saturdays, and they remind the faithful Catholics of Christ’s birth. Each decade corresponds with a different mystery. Starting with the Annunciation for [more…]

The Luminous Mysteries in Catholicism

Pope John Paul II added on the Mysteries of Light, also known in Catholicism as the Luminous Mysteries, in 2002. Pray the Rosary and recall these Mysteries of Light on Thursdays [more…]

The Sorrowful Mysteries in Catholicism

The Sorrowful Mysteries are prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays on Catholicism, and they remind the faithful of His Passion and death (they may also be said during the entire season of Lent, the 40 days before [more…]

The Glorious Mysteries in Catholicism

In Catholicism, the Glorious Mysteries are prayed on Wednesdays and Sundays, and they remind the faithful of His Resurrection and the glories of heaven [more…]

Catholicism All-In-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

While saying the prayers of the Rosary, Catholics meditate on what are called the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. But saying the mysteries is really no mystery at all [more…]

Popular Catholic Places

Although some religions require their members to visit their holy and sacred places, the Catholic Church doesn’t. Catholics are simply encouraged to make pilgrimages — religious journeys to holy places [more…]

Decoding the Meaning of Catholic Priests’ Vestments

It can be difficult to interpret the meaning of certain things in religion. A priest’s colorful vestments help Catholics know which celebrations are at hand: [more…]

Catholicism: A Glimpse at Wives in the Bible

These nameless women of the Bible, identified by their relationships as wives, are known by the fame of their husbands or by their own words and deeds. [more…]

Catholicism: Where Is Hell, Anyway?

Ancient man believed that hell was underground, in the center of the earth, where it was hot. This belief was based on the erroneous notion that the earth was the center of the universe. When science proved [more…]

Original Sin, As Defined in Catholicism

According to Christian and Jewish theology, original sinis a spiritual disease of the human soul, a disease that is passed on to future generations as much as physical characteristics or physiological [more…]

How John Paul II Was a Groundbreaker, Shepherd, and Reformer

John Paul II came from an ancient land steeped in tradition, was raised in a 2,000-year-old religion, and would become the visible defender of traditional morality and orthodox doctrine. At the same time [more…]

Pope John Paul II as an Author

Most people know of John Paul II's papal encyclicals and letters. What a lot of people, including a lot of Catholics, don't know is that he authored many books: [more…]

How Pope John Paul II Became a Philosopher-Theologian

When John Paul II was still Karol Wojtyła, a teenager in high school, he was so good at public speaking that he was chosen to give the welcome address to a very special dignitary visiting the school one [more…]

The Academic Career of Pope John Paul II

After his ordination, the Cardinal Archbishop of Krakow recognized the intellectual character of the young priest Father Wojtyła, who would later become Pope John Paul II. The archbishop assigned Karol [more…]

The Legacy of Pope John Paul II

The legacy of John Paul II is still materializing and developing. The quarter-century he led the Church encouraged many vocations to the priesthood and religious life. [more…]

The Early Years of Pope Francis

Before he was Pope Francis, he was a Jesuit in Argentina. This article gives you a glimpse into the personal history, running through the "pre-pope" days of this unique person from South America. [more…]

How Pope Francis Made His Positions Official in Papal Encyclicals

Papal Encyclicals are official documents written by the pope to address a ­particular moral or doctrinal concern. Their name is determined by the first two words of the Latin text, because Latin is the [more…]

How Pope Francis Unexpectedly Became Pope

Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world as well as the entire Catholic Church when he announced on February 11, 2013, that he was going to resign as Supreme Head of the Church. Effective February 28 that same [more…]

Comments Made by Pope Francis

Pope Francis is famous for saying precisely what he is thinking without any political or diplomatic filter. As some would say, Pope Francis likes to be frank. He is akin to Saint Nathaniel's description [more…]

Historic Crowds Drawn by Pope Francis

Over six million people attended a papal mass celebrated in Manila by Pope Francis when he visited the Philippines. Papal audiences in Rome have drawn enormous size crowds in all kinds of weather. The [more…]

Popes Who Became Saints

The supreme head of the Catholic Church is the pope, from the Italian “papa,” or “father.” Every Bishop of Rome has been the pope, and every pope has been the Bishop of Rome. Following is a list of those [more…]

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