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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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The Five Types of Prayer

Prayer is how Christians communicate with God and the saints. Learn about the five major types of prayer.

What Are Patron Saints?

Learn about the history of patron saints, what they do, and how they are chosen.

The Precepts of the Church

The precepts of the Church, also called the commandments of the Church, are duties that the Catholic Church requires of all the faithful.

The Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

This exquisite Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus was likely composed in the early 15th century by Saints Bernardine of Siena and John Capistrano.

A Prayer to Saint Anne, Mother of Mary

In this prayer to Saint Anne, we ask the mother of Mary to pray for us so that we may grow in love for Christ and His Mother.

A Prayer to Saint Joachim

In this prayer to Saint Joachim, we trust the love of Mary and Jesus for Saint Joachim to bring us the fulfillment of the favor for which we ask.

Is NFP Really Effective in Avoiding Pregnancy?

How can Natural Family planning be 99.6 percent effect if women who have unprotected sex have an 85-percent pregnancy rate?

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.

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