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In the article about the beatification of Father Damien, I read that his “relics” were given to the bishop of Honolulu. Could you please explain this and give some history behind it?—A reader in Leesburg.
Yours truly at age 29 in October 1987, three years before I was persuaded of Catholicism. At this time I was an evangelical Protestant campus evangelist / apologist at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University in Detroit. I would have thought that the chance of my becoming a Catholic would have been about as likely as growing wings and flying to Mars (without oxygen). But God had other plans for me! We often don’t know what lies ahead in our lives.
St. Thomas Aquinas’ five waysare definitely a key milestone in the history of philosophy. Their purpose is to rationally demonstrate God’s existence. How? Well, starting from the wise advice from Aristotle about that, regardless of how we will perform a demonstration, “what is certain is that we must start from what is known”…
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A reader has kindly sent an ApologeticaCatolica.org a set of texts related to the Seven Sacraments, which he has noted after a talk by Doctor Fernando Casanova. Certainly a complete reference to take into account when explaining to our separated brethren.
Attached an updated summary of the social work of the Catholic Church in the world, taken from the statistical information of the church in 2012 published by Agenzia Fidez.
Since the legalization of abortion in 1973, over 57 million unborn children have been killed, more than the entire population of Spain. That’s 155 babies per hour. About 1 every 24 seconds.