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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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Humanae Vitae

Learn more about Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical reaffirming the Catholic Church's traditional teaching on birth control and abortion.

NFP Works! Just Ask the Guttmacher Institute

How does Natural Family Planning compare with artificial forms of contraception?

A Prayer to Saint Monica for Mothers

This prayer for Saint Monica's intercession is particularly appropriate today, when mothers face such great challenges raising their children.

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 Petition to Mary (by St. Alphonsus Liguori)

In this beautiful prayer to the Virgin Mary by St. Alphonsus Liguori, we hear echoes of both the Hail Mary and the Hail Holy Queen.

The Breastplate of Saint Patrick

The Lorica, or Breastplate, of Saint Patrick is known for one of its verses. But the full version incorporates all the elements of Catholic morning prayer.

A Prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart

In this prayer, we ask the Mother of God to intercede for us, that we may know the Will of her Son and live it in our lives.

Natural Family Planning: A Personal Perspective

How did a couple who wanted to have three children end up with eight? The answer is NFP—but not in the way you might think.

Anima Christi

This beautiful prayer, which dates from the early 14th century, was translated by John Henry Cardinal Newman.

Vatican Guidelines on Sexual Abuse Allegations

A text designed to help lay people understand the procedures that the Vatican enforces to investigate allegations of clerical sexual abuse.

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