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The Basics of Catholicism

Explore the beliefs and practices of Catholicism while learning more about the Catholic Church.

Catholic Beliefs and Practices
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A Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

In this long but beautiful prayer, we pray to Mary under the name Queen of the Most Holy Rosary to intercede for the conversion of the entire world.

A Litany of Intercession to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

This beautiful Litany of Intercession to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a popular prayer for use as a novena.

About Catholicism's Novena of the Week

Every week, find a new novena selected by Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism expert for About.com.

A Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the Church

This prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is offered that Christ may guide and guard the Church and that all may remain united to the Church.

A Prayer to St. Camillus de Lellis

In this Prayer for the Sick Poor, we ask St. Camillus de Lellis to intercede for those most in need of healing.

A Prayer to the Heart of Jesus in the Eucharist

In this, prayer, we ask Jesus, present in the Eucharist, to purify our hearts and to make them like His own.

Summorum Pontificum

A summary of Pope Benedict's Summorum Pontificum, which restored the ancient Traditional Latin Mass as one of the two approved forms of the Mass.

An Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

This Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary illustrates perfectly the Marian doctrine of the Catholic Church.

Prayer for the Crusade of the Family Rosary

This prayer to spread the practice of the daily recitation of the rosary was written by Francis Cardinal Spellman, the cardinal archbishop of New York.

Holy Days of Obligation in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church currently has ten Holy Days of Obligation. Find a list of and a short explanation of each.

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