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Myths About The Inquisition: Catholic Historian Debunks Its Common Misconceptions

What myths might you believe about the Inquisition? In this week’s episode of The Catholic Talk Show, Ryan Scheel, Fr. Rich Pagano,

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Dec. 7 Memorial of St. Ambrose, bishop and doctor, Memorial

St. Ambrose (340-397) was born at Treves in Gaul, a territory which embraced modern France, Britain, Spain, and part of Africa. He studied in Rome and later became governor of Liguria and Aemelia with residence at Milan. While supervising the election of a new bishop of Milan in 374, he himself was suddenly acclaimed the bishop. He was only a catechumen at the time and was ordained a priest and consecrated a bishop on Dec. 7. He wrote much on the Scriptures and Fathers, preached a homily every Sunday, resisted the interference of the secular powers with the rights of the Church, opposed the heretics, and was instrumental in bringing about the conversion of St. Augustine. He composed many hymns, promoted sacred chant, and took a great interest in the Liturgy.

Did Jesus have a model? A hero?

Two of the Sunday Gospel readings this December are about John the Baptist from Matthew's Gospel. Who was John and what do we know of John and his interactions with Jesus?

Special ministry turns 'hard time' into spiritual time

The inmates at local prisons live behind locked gates, but some groups of prison volunteers are opening doors to forgiveness and a life with Jesus Christ

How St. Nicholas Raised 3 Boys From the Dead: The Miraculous Legend Behind the Patron Saint of Children

This is such a cool story! Dec. 6 is the feast of St. Nicholas, an early Christian bishop of the third and

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Bishop Edward Scharfenberger is scheduled to attend the Movement to Restore Trust symposium

MRT Press Release - Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo and bishop of Albany, is scheduled to attend the Movement to Restore Trust (MRT) symposium at Canisius College's Montante Cultural Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Appointed to lead the Buffalo Diocese on Dec. 4 by Pope Francis, Bishop Scharfenberger will deliver opening remarks.  "This will be my first public event in the Diocese of Buffalo, and I want to use it as an opportunity to listen," Bishop Scharfenberger said.  "I want to hear from abuse victims, the laity, priests, deacons and religious as I begin my ministry in Buffalo.

Pope, Grand Imam ask UN to declare World Day of Human Fraternity (Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue)

The Pontiff and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar have asked the United Nations to declare February 4, the anniversary of their Document on Human Fraternity, to be the World Day of Human Fraternity. The UN has declared or recognized numerous international days, and February 4 is currently World Cancer Day.

Dec. 6 Friday of the First Week of Advent; Optional Memorial of St. Nicholas, bishop, Opt. Mem.

Not much is known about this 4th century bishop, but that doesn't diminish his popularity around the world, both in the East and West. It is known that Nicholas was born in Lycia in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) and died in 352 A.D. as the Bishop of Myra. All other stories that surround Nicholas illustrate that he practiced both the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. He was generous, strove to help the poor and disadvantaged, and worked tirelessly to defend the faith. His legends of generosity and a slip of the tongue from other languages has made St. Nicholas or Sinterklaas into today's Santa Claus.

Exorcists Warn of Spiritual War Within the Church, Urge Day of Prayer & Reparation on Dec. 6

Four exorcists request a day of prayer, fasting, and reparation on Dec. 6 in response to the Pachamama ritual at the Amazon

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Buffalonians join order to serve Holy Land

You may have seen them at St. Joseph Cathedral with their white capes adorned with red Jerusalem crosses.