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COVID-19 and the secret place

04.07.2020 in Doctrines

What looks like a couple of very frustrating Months for many Christians may be easing in some places, but in many other parts of the world, Church doors are still closed. There seems to be a kind of resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, barring many...

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Ash Wednesday: Beauty for ashes

26.02.2020 in Doctrines

Ash Wednesday: Beauty for ashes It is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lenten season again, and it is an amazing reality that the season begins in ashes but ends in glory. Signed with ashes is certainly not a condemnation to ashes but a call to...

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The Two Popes

06.01.2020 in Doctrines

No doubt, Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins displayed their proficiencies in their respective roles in the recently released movie, The Two Popes. They played the roles of Pope Francis and Pope Benedict, respectively. Though the movie is obviously fiction and maybe with some drops...

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Christianity and seed sowing

04.12.2019 in Doctrines

Many Christian leaders have rebranded and relaunched the biblical understanding and usage of seed sowing to complicate further the already confused understanding of Christianity among many African Christians. It is even more hurting realizing that many unsuspecting Christians trapped in this spiritual robbery sincerely burn...

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The reality of guardian angels

06.10.2019 in Doctrines

Every second day of October is set aside by the Catholic Church to celebrate the memorial of the holy guardian angels. I won't be wrong to connect the celebration to our Catholic faith in the communion of saints. Like some others, this doctrine may provoke...

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The power of inner healing

18.09.2019 in Doctrines

The news of the Lord’s return to Capernaum may have so hit the airwaves in the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry in such a manner that it attracted a titanic crowd to him, the mammoth crowd obviously left no option for those four caring friends...

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The Bread of life in Genesis

02.09.2019 in Doctrines

There may be the attempt to pair the Old and the New Testaments to conclude which is more important, but such comparison is inconsequential because both are interlaced. However, the New Testament explains the intertwined nature of the bible (both the Old and the New...

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The faith of our fathers

01.06.2019 in Doctrines

About how our fathers lived their Christian faith, we refer to today as the good old days; how I wish our children will not call today their good old days. This may sound like not wishing our children well, but it’s far from it. It...

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Is there salvation outside the Catholic Church?

24.05.2019 in Doctrines

One of the most misunderstood teachings of the Catholic Church is this one: “Outside the Church there is no salvation” (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus). Those trying to grasp the meaning of this teaching often struggle with its formulations by various Church Fathers and Church Councils down through history. Of course,...

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The Church and the resurrection power

23.04.2019 in Doctrines

To sketch the image of the Catholic Church as a rock will not be a mere artistic imagination, but a reality that reflects the foundation upon which the Church is built. Even though that “solid mineral material forming part of the surface of the earth”...

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The Church and in vitro fertilization (IVF)

24.09.2018 in Doctrines

The pains of unintentional childlessness in marriage are unimaginable; only those who face it or had gone through it knows the extent. Why so many are thanking God for the technological and medical advancement that seems to have provided a kind of succor through in...

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The cross and the crucifix

20.09.2018 in Doctrines

The bare cross is referred to as a cross, while the cross with an image of the crucified Jesus is a crucifix. I once got a beautiful crucifix for a non-Catholic friend, and he appreciated it but later removed the image of Jesus from it....

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The Church’s apology and the priesthood

27.08.2018 in Doctrines

Pope Francis recently apologized in the name of the Catholic Church in response to a disturbing revelation as noted in his apology letter; “In recent days, a report was made public which detailed the experiences of at least a thousand survivors, victims of sexual abuse,...

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Marriage, divorce, and annulment

23.08.2018 in Doctrines

Marriage or the sacrament of matrimony in the Catholic Church has a powerful and unbreakable binding force that keeps those who go into it together in good times and bad, till death do them part. It is a sacrament through which the grace of marriage...

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The social media and our Catholic faith

04.06.2018 in Doctrines

Every year, the Catholic Church dedicates a Sunday for the celebration of the gift of communication; Communication Sunday. The power of communication cannot be overemphasized, especially in today's world that has recorded tremendous growth in communication technology. Social media has made the world so small...

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VICTORY AGAINST THE CHURCH OR SELF?

28.05.2018 in Doctrines

In many parts of the world today, especially in Africa, violence against women and children is becoming rampant. And more evil is the taking up of arms against the unborn, and they call it a victory against the Church. Ireland! Ireland!! O the Republic of Ireland!!!...

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Living with the human side of the Church

16.05.2018 in Doctrines

Are you born again? Wow! You may exclaim and say; he sounds like a none Catholic! Yes, I think so myself. Many people seem to have a very erroneous understanding of the Catholic Church’s attitude towards the term “born again.” A none Catholic friend told me...

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The Church and the gates of hell

17.04.2018 in Doctrines

Figuratively speaking, Jesus promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against his Church (Mt. 16:18). The word “gate” here could mean different things to different people, depending on their own interpretations. But in the passage of the scripture quoted above, where Jesus handed...

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It is a reality, not “April fool”

01.04.2018 in Doctrines

It is undeniably true that the playing of pranks or practical jokes has become part of us. In almost every society and culture, pranking each other is accepted. Though we know that pranks sometimes go wrong and become disastrous, it is something that has been...

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The holiness of the holy week

26.03.2018 in Doctrines

The holy week is the pick of the Lenten season, it begins with the Passion Sunday. The holy week, as it is called, suggests perfection, a week of holiness, peace, and tranquillity. But when we juxtapose the name and the events of the week, we...

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The beauty of pains

19.03.2018 in Doctrines

There is no doubt that man keeps eventing ways of making life easier, which is a great thing because God directed man to conquer the earth. So, to talk about the beauty of pains sounds like the craziest thing ever; how could one ever think...

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You are God’s Valentine!

14.02.2018 in Doctrines

It may appear to be most unfortunate for many young people to celebrate Ash Wednesday today, February 14th, 2018. On this day, popularly known as Valentine’s Day, the world celebrates love. Celebrating Ash Wednesday this day is not just a coincidence, but a reminder of...

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LATENESS TO MASS

22.01.2018 in Doctrines, Sacraments

I have been asked a particular question severally, a question I find disturbing, un-Catholic, and in fact, unchristian. At what point in Mass is one considered late or sinful to join? Many of those who ask this question expect a definite answer from you, to...

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Celibacy in the Catholic priesthood

12.12.2017 in Doctrines

Seating before a medical consultant and talking as doctor and patient, she smiled and, with all respect, asked me a question that was completely outside why we were together; probably that was another way to make a patient relax. She asked me; what do you...

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The Catholic Church is right!

30.10.2017 in Doctrines

For many none-Catholics, Catholic doctrine sounds so bizarre and hard to accept. But the acceptability is less a concern, what matters most is the truthfulness of the teaching. She teaches with authority from Christ, and through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit teaches somethings that...

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The uniqueness of Catholicism!

25.10.2017 in Doctrines

The Catholic Church is the oldest and the largest in the world; it is a Church many none Catholics do not really understand and so are tempted to criticize her mode of worship. This criticism sometimes makes me wonder if some people actually believe that...

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Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN)

19.09.2017 in Doctrines, Events

OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL   RESTORATION A Communiqué issued at the End of Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Centre, Jalingo, Taraba State, 7-15 September 2017. 1. PREAMBLE: We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, held our...

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The Catholic Church and contraception

14.08.2017 in Doctrines

The Catholic Church is often criticized for its firm position on some issues; this is true and not an exaggeration to say that the world is always etching to know the Catholic Church's stand. But this has not stopped the Church from proclaiming what she...

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Why the priest kisses the altar

01.07.2017 in Doctrines

I once mentioned to a convert to Catholicism the need to understand the Church properly to enjoy our style of worship. The Catholic faith is enshrined in many cases, and our liturgy is full of signs and symbols that make some none Catholics criticize Catholicism...

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The solemnity in Catholic worship

17.06.2017 in Doctrines

In John's gospel account (Jn. 4:1-42), Jesus engaged a Samaritan woman in a discussion, it was beside Jacob’s well in a Samaritan town called Sychar. One point led to the other, and the woman brought up the issue of worship; she said to Jesus; Our...

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A new form of heresy!

06.02.2017 in Doctrines

One can define heresy as a belief or a contrary opinion to the generally accepted truth or doctrines of the Church, and heresy is not new to the Catholic Church. History has it that many heretical groups challenged the Catholic faith, but the Church continues...

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The Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood.

23.01.2017 in Doctrines

In most of the Catholic Ordination ceremonies and priestly anniversaries I have attended, the response to the responsorial Psalm reminded me, and probably many others, of the supremacy of the Melchizedek priesthood to the Aaronic priesthood. In most cases the response is; you are a...

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Teach your children your Catholic faith!

16.01.2017 in Doctrines

Many Christian parents have failed to understand the seriousness of their responsibility to hand their faith over to their children, they are tempted to leave this essential aspect of parenthood in the hands of the clergy alone. In this article, Rev. Fr. Kolawole Chabi, O.S.A....

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Divine Revelation

09.01.2017 in Doctrines

Yesterday the Catholic Church celebrated the Epiphany of the Lord, a solemnity the Church celebrates every second Sunday of Christmas. It is a celebration of Divine revelation, as you must have heard in homilies preached in our parishes. But the word ‘revelation’ about Divine revelation...

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The Church on trial

19.12.2016 in Doctrines

I recently walked into the Augustinian monastery library in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. I did not intend to read anything but admire the old library I frequently consulted during my initial formation days in the Seminary. As I walked around, my eyes stumbled on a...

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The Catholic Church and euthanasia

12.12.2016 in Doctrines

As evil as abortion is, it is encouraged and even legalized in some countries. Maybe the name "abortion" sounds so familiar to their ears that they see no longer in it the evil of murder. Abortion is the murder and of innocent children. Almost everybody...

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Fashion: ladies in trousers!

05.12.2016 in Doctrines

In her social teachings, the Catholic Church has taught so many things that touch almost every aspect of human life: politics, morals, health care, medicine, and others. Though she has no official teachings about fashion, I have seen many Catholic parishes with dress codes to...

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All Saints day!

01.11.2016 in Doctrines

Today, the first day of November, and tomorrow the second day, we greatly celebrate the Catholic Church. Our Church is one, holy and Catholic. Today's solemnity (all saints) and that of tomorrow (all souls) celebrates not just the mercy of God and the victory many...

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Private ministries in the Church

31.10.2016 in Doctrines

The harvest is indeed rich, but the laborers are few. These are the words of Jesus, and it sends the message that more hands are needed in evangelism. Therefore, as Christians, we are all called to rise to this responsibility, to preach the gospel of...

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The holy water in the Catholic Church

24.10.2016 in Doctrines

The holy water, like the other religious articles, is often used in the Catholic Church, in fact, it is greatly associated with the Catholic Church even though it is gradually seen these days in some other Christian denominations. Exactly when they started it, how they...

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The beautiful Catholic faith

05.09.2016 in Doctrines

Are you a Catholic? Have you ever wondered why many none Catholics want to attack Catholicism, even to the extent of using the media? It's just like the bees and the flower; the bees are attracted to the flower for different reasons. It may be...

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Carrying your Catholic faith

01.08.2016 in Doctrines

I remember telling a convert to Catholicism that our Catholic faith, the faith of our fathers, is so deep. Once you know and understand it, you appreciate it more and stand the chance of never letting it go. We carry the faith wherever we go...

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Symbolism and Catholicism

25.07.2016 in Doctrines, Sacraments

That Catholic liturgy is full of symbolism is not an exaggeration, but symbolism with a meaningful explanation. I don't really want to detail symbolism in general but limit myself to Chasubles' symbols. The Chasuble is the Catholic priest's outer garment for the Holy Mass's celebration; it...

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Is celibacy an imposition?

11.07.2016 in Doctrines

The priesthood in the Catholic Church is an amazing gift from God, and it becomes more amazing when you meditate on the holiness of the priesthood to which a man is called; it is the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Mere mortals are called to this priesthood,...

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The difference between Doctrine and Dogma

04.07.2016 in Doctrines

I have never heard nor seen Christians fight or arguing whether Jesus is Lord or not. Still, I have seen them (especially Catholic vs. none Catholics) often argue about the rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, scapular, and some other aspects of Catholicism or Protestantism....

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Judgment and the Laws of the Universe

20.06.2016 in Doctrines

Our world has become so secularized that most people no longer think about the four last things: Death, Judgment, Hell, and Heaven. The quest for a miracle has overshadowed these things in many minds, yet they remain realities we cannot change; they are facts of...

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Our culture and the Church’s doctrine

13.06.2016 in Doctrines

With smiles on my face, I watched on the internet how two Nigerian Catholic priests danced like King David to the sound of the African traditional flute common among the Igbo people of Nigeria. I sometimes feel that the sound of this flute "intoxicate" the...

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The sign of the Cross

30.05.2016 in Doctrines

The Cross is simply a mark, figure, or object formed by two intersecting lines or pieces of wood, iron, or other materials. It was on a Cross formed of wood that the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified; his crucifixion changed the meaning of the Cross. Catholics...

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Saints and relics in the Catholic Church

16.05.2016 in Doctrines

I love the Catholic Church, not just because the Church is the Mother Church but also because she lives up to the expectations of her name. The Church is so organized and does nothing without good and explainable reasons, even though some none Catholics attack...

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The Holy Communion

02.05.2016 in Doctrines

So many Catholics in Nigeria vehemently objected to the reception of the Holy Communion in hand. This objection was made manifest when the Catholic bishop conference of Nigeria encouraged the reception of Holy Communion in hand to help curtail the spread of the Ebola virus...

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Holy Thursday ritual of foot-washing

18.04.2016 in Doctrines

Not so many Catholics may know that Pope Francis has revised the understanding of the traditional holy Thursday foot-washing. This revisal is not anti-Catholic or anti-Christian message, it is not against the message of Jesus Christ but rather a greater insight into the message of the...

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Are all sins equal?

04.04.2016 in Doctrines

The Catholic Church teaches that all sins are not equal, or to make the point clearer for your understanding, the Church teaches that all wrongdoing is sinful, but not all sins are deadly. The Church distinguishes between mortal and venial sins, and this makes some...

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The Mystery of the Church

26.03.2016 in Doctrines

The Church is very human yet a great mystery; it is far more than ordinary eyes. One needs to activate the eyes of faith to see the Church's visible nature and her invisible reality. The Church is both visible and spiritual, and that makes the...

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The founder of the Catholic Church

14.03.2016 in Doctrines

It is a general belief that the Catholic Church is the Mother Church, which is the fact. All other denominations broke out from the Catholic Church directly or indirectly; the Catholic Church is the Church of Christ, the apostolic Church, and the Church with the...

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The holiness of his holiness

29.02.2016 in Doctrines

A none Catholic friend asked me why we address the Pope as his holiness; he was obviously not at home with that style at all. He argued vehemently against the idea and insist that only God is holy; no man is holy. He backed his...

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The door of mercy

24.02.2016 in Doctrines, Events

The word "door" is not strange to us; both the rich and the poor have in homes irrespective of the esthetic difference. The door is the rightful way into a house compared to the window. When one passes through it, they are either going in...

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The Catholic Church and images

19.02.2016 in Doctrines

One cannot help but admire how St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City is adorned with beautifully made images of 'adorable' Son and daughters of the Church. These images of men and women who lived exemplary life; the images of Jesus and Mary are boldly and...

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What every Protestant Can’t Not Know

05.02.2016 in Doctrines

I'm so happy and proud to be not just a Catholic but a Catholic priest. The Catholic Church is so blessed and rich in wisdom and tradition. It is a Church founded on an unshakable faith in Christ Jesus, confirmed by the Holy Spirit and...

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The Pope’s ring

04.01.2016 in Doctrines

We are very familiar with people wearing rings on their fingers for various purposes. It could be just for fashion, engagement, and marriage, a means of identification by different groups, a symbol of power and authority. Any reason anyone wears a ring(s), the ring remains...

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The Church, Sabbath and Sunday

02.11.2015 in Doctrines

Some Christians have questioned Sunday's observance as the holy day to rest instead of Saturday (Sabbath) as God commanded. Their concern is actually not out of place; they have excellent reasons to ask. Truly, God gave the command to keep the Sabbath holy, And on...

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The Church and canonization of Saints

26.10.2015 in Doctrines

The Catholic Church has canonized so many of her children as Saints. A fascinating and beautiful thing to do as Catholics, but to none Catholics and even a few Catholics, the idea of creating Saints raises a whole lot of questions. By the way, what...

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The Doctors of the Church.

05.10.2015 in Doctrines

In the Catholic Church, we often hear about the Doctors of the Church; not too many Catholics actually know what this title is all about. For so many, they can only connect the word Doctor to one who is a specialist in treating physical or...

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The Catholic Church and tithing

29.09.2015 in Doctrines

Tithing is actually not an official teaching of the Catholic Church; it was never emphasized, especially in Nigeria. The Church never officially condemned tithing; it was probably not emphasized because of the structure and the traditional ways of doing things in the Catholic Church; however,...

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Holydays of obligation

31.08.2015 in Doctrines

The Catholic Church is a very traditional Church whose actions, teachings and worship are guided by the holy bible, the code of canon law, and some other official documents of the Church. These other Church documents are not superior to the bible neither do they...

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The Catholic Church

20.08.2015 in Doctrines

The Catholic Church, the holy mother Church, is built on a rock that cannot be shaken. A Church built on the faith of the apostles, hence the name, Apostolic Church. This Church attracts so much attention; everybody wants to know what is happening in the...

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The Catholic Pontiffs.

03.08.2015 in Doctrines

The Catholic Church is blessed with so much heritage and tradition. I am particularly impressed with the Church's sense of documentation. I therefore proudly present to you the 266 Catholic Pontiffs, beginning from St. Peter to the present Pope. God bless the Catholic Church. 1. St....

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Was St. Peter ever a Pope?

20.07.2015 in Doctrines

I once read an article written by obviously a none Catholic because the article was directed against the Catholic Church; he questioned the Petrine authority and insist that the Catholic Church is wrong in her teaching about St. Peter as the first Pope. The writer...

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The infallibility of the Pope

13.07.2015 in Doctrines

The Catholic teaching about the Pope's infallibility sounds so strange and unacceptable to so many none Catholics; they can't even imagine it to be true. Yet, the Church teaches it with so much confidence with her teaching authority from Christ himself. The Catholic Church is...

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One faith One Church

15.06.2015 in Doctrines

Many Catholics recite the creed of the Church without taking time to reflect on what they say; for them, it is like a memorized kind of prayer to be recited. No, it shouldn't be. We must know what we are saying and be convinced of...

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The Church’s liturgical year

25.05.2015 in Doctrines

In the beginning, God created the light and separated the light from the darkness, God called the light day, and the darkness he called Night. God created time and seasons from the void and formless earth (Gen. 1), and the bible says that there is...

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The Church and the Holy Trinity

14.05.2015 in Doctrines

The Holy Trinity is a doctrine in the Catholic Church that speaks of the three persons in the one Godhead; in other words, the Catholic Church believes and teaches that God is a Triune God. He is three in one God: God the Father, God...

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The Catholic Church and Doctrines

10.05.2015 in Doctrines

There is no doubt today that there is tension between different Christian denominations; one denomination attacking and rejecting the other based on doctrine. The Catholic Church is one denomination that has suffered criticism even from the media. Most times, the world seems to be very...

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The Saints

27.03.2015 in Doctrines

The word Saint means "holy." In its New Testament usage, it refers to the people of God. "Saints, broadly speaking, are those who follow Jesus Christ and live their lives according to his teaching." Saints are believers in Christ, which means that you and I...

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Veiling of the cross

25.03.2015 in Doctrines, Events

We celebrated the Fifth Sunday of Lent three days ago, a Sunday that marks the beginning of the Passiontide and not passion Sunday. From the Fifth Sunday of Lent, the crosses and all other images and pictures of saints are veiled with a piece of...

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Catholics and the reality of Purgatory

02.03.2015 in Doctrines

The word Purgatory is not divinely coined; neither is the word found in the bible; it is from the Latin word "purgare" which means to make clean, to purify. Unlike Limbo, Purgatory is a doctrine taught by the Catholic church that provokes the opposition of...

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Limbo: Catholic teaching?

25.02.2015 in Doctrines

Somebody asked me a question after reading my article on infant baptism; she asked; what happens to infants who died before they were baptized? Will they make Heaven or not? What do you think? Well, the answer to this question is God's; the Church does...

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Infant baptism

23.02.2015 in Doctrines, Sacraments

Have you ever been asked as a Catholic why you baptize infants in your Church? A friend confronted me with this question, and I answered him with a question; what is baptism? Anyone with a good understanding of what baptism is will not question infant...

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Reception of holy Communion

06.02.2015 in Doctrines

I got a message on my Facebook page from Mr. Chuks Vincent Chuks; he read one of my articles titled: THE HOLY EUCHARIST (THE MASS), and he wishes to know why at Mass only the Priests consumes the blood of Jesus (the consecrated wine) and...

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The faith of the Catholic church

16.01.2015 in Doctrines

A few years back, I officiated at a wedding ceremony, a mixed marriage. Obviously, you know what the congregation would be like; it was mixed, Catholics, and non-Catholics. It appeared to be like an answer to the Lord's prayer; "Father, may they be one," but...

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