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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…]


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