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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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Confession and the Age of First Communion

Should the age of First Communion be raised because too few Catholics go to Confession?

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 in Honor of Saint John the Baptist

This traditional prayer in honor of St. John the Baptist has three parts, corresponding to the three stages of his life.

Intellect and the Sacraments

Does the efficacy of the sacraments depend on our ability to understand what happens in them?

Team OLA: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Help the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels spread the Gospel of Christ in inner-city Chicago.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Learn more about the Assumption of Mary, which commemorates the death of the Virgin Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven.


The definition of dormition.

Is Assumption a Holy Day of Obligation?

Is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here.

Did the Virgin Mary Die Before Her Assumption?

Did the Blessed Virgin Mary die before she was assumed into Heaven? Find the traditional answer of the Christian Church, East and West.

In Honor of the Assumption

This beautiful prayer was written by Pope Pius XII, who defined the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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