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  • Pray for the dead, gain indulgences for them, cardinal urges Catholics

    Pray for the dead, gain indulgences for them, cardinal urges Catholics

    • Nov 1, 2019

    The early November feasts of All Saints and All Souls are reminders that God’s church exists both on earth and in heaven and that all the faithful, living and dead, can and should pray for each other, a top Vatican official wrote.

  • Neglected works of mercy: Burying, praying for forgotten dead

    Neglected works of mercy: Burying, praying for forgotten dead

    • Nov 1, 2017

    Adrian Cruz established the Arimathea Society on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows to gather laypeople together for spiritual works of mercy, prayers for the dead, offering Mass for the poor souls in purgatory and preparing for burials. “Praying for the poor souls in purgatory is often overlooked or regarded as ‘old-fashioned’ in many modern American Catholic minds,” he said.

  • How the dead danced with the living in medieval society

    How the dead danced with the living in medieval society

    • Oct 31, 2017

    Dance of Death (Danse Macabre) murals typically depicted decaying corpses dancing amid representative figures of late medieval society, ranked highest to lowest: A pope, an emperor, a bishop, a king, a cardinal, a knight and down to a beggar, all ambling diffidently toward their mortal end while the corpses frolic with lithe movements and gestures.

  • Irish folklife expert says Halloween traditions began in Ireland

    Irish folklife expert says Halloween traditions began in Ireland

    • Oct 19, 2017

    Father John McHale of Ireland says he never heard of evil spirits being around on Halloween night growing up, noting how the U.S. has influenced the holiday in Ireland. “What I did hear related to the souls of the family that needed prayer, because of the strong belief in purgatory and a belief in the power of indulgences to set them free from purgatory. You had that duty to make sure that you prayed for the souls of the dead on Nov. 2.”

  • When it comes to purgatory, the name says it all

    When it comes to purgatory, the name says it all

    • Nov 5, 2016

    The need of fellow believers who have died with the mark of faith is what compels other believers to pray for them.

  • It's not easy to get to Heaven — assuming you want to go

    It's not easy to get to Heaven — assuming you want to go

    • Dec 18, 2015

    “The Great Divorce,” based on C.S. Lewis’ classic theological fantasy about heaven and hell. Produced by the Fellowship For Performing Arts; showing at the Pearl Theatre, 555 West 42nd St., New York. Most of the action in “The Great Divorce” takes place on grass. The three actors, all barefoot, walk

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