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How can I get an early morning weekday Mass in my...

In my parish there are no early morning weekday Masses, which I need in order to get to work. Nor are there evening Masses. What is more, there are often no Masses on Mondays or Saturday mornings. Is there anything that can be done about this?

Fr Flader: What is a basilica?

I was in Rome in Holy Week and visited three major basilicas there, including St Peter’s. Can you please tell me exactly what a basilica is, and how it differs, for example, from a cathedral?

Fr John Flader Q&A: Let’s talk tabernacles

I will draw principally on Mario Righetti’s four-volume Storia Liturgica, volume 1, which offers a comprehensive treatment of the question.

Fr John Flader: Mrs Peterson’s conversion

In 2019 Tammy, who had been baptised a Protestant, was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of kidney cancer which is 100 per cent fatal.

Is Heaven a place?

Where is heaven? If there are bodies in heaven, then surely they must be somewhere in space? Is that the case?

Fr John Flader: What is synodality?

What is synodality? The word “synod”, or synodos in Greek, is an ancient word in the tradition of the church.

Q & A with Fr Flader: Birthplace of the Our Father

You mentioned that there was a third church built by St Helena in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives. Which church is it?

Q and A with Fr John Flader: The Basilica of the...

Dear Father John Flader, I understand that the Basilica of the Nativity of Christ in Bethlehem is one of the churches ordered to be built by St Helena in the Holy Land. What can you tell me about it?

Q and A with Fr John Flader: Was the last supper...

Dear Father, I have read in different places that the Last Supper was celebrated in the house of St Mark and that his family also owned the Garden of Gethsemane. Is this true, and what do we know about this saint?

Q and A with Fr John Flader: The oldest church in...

Dear Father, a friend recently told me that the oldest church in Rome is that of St Pudentiana. I have visited Rome several times and never heard of this church. Is it true that it is the oldest?

Q and A with Fr John Flader: Just who was Pontius...

Dear Father, I have always been disturbed by Pontius Pilate having had Jesus crucified when he found no fault in him. What sort of a person was he? And what do we know about his background? Was he a Roman official or a Jewish one?

The rite to pray: Eastern Catholics and the orans posture

In the previous issue of The Catholic Weekly, Fr John Flader wrote about the suitability of laypeople praying in the orans posture with arms outstretched during Mass, especially during the Our Father. Fr Flader’s view is that laypeople perhaps ought to shy away from imitating actions more properly reserved for the priest.
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