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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.

Q and A with Fr John Flader: Forms of diabolical activity

Dear Father, the son of a friend seems to have had some form of demonic influence, but probably not possession. Are there any other ways in which the devil can attack us?

Q and A with Fr Flader: 10 years with Pope Francis

Dear Father, Pope Francis has now been Pope for ten years and I hear a lot of criticism of him, some of which I...

Q and A with Fr Flader: Have many Jews become Christians...

The effort of Jewish converts to bring other Jews into the Church has a long history, going back to the early Church, Fr Flader explains

The FInal Exam Book Review

Fr John Flader describes his new book, The Final Exam – Preparing for the Judgment, as a sequel to his previous book, Dying to...

Fr John Flader Q&A: The hierarchy of the angels

“Dear Father, in the Bible we see numerous names for the different types of angels, like seraphim and cherubim, archangels and angels. What do...
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