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Inquisition

The subject of the Inquisition illustrates one of the paradoxes of the "information age"the availability of accurate information on a subject by no means guarantees that such information will affect public perceptions.

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Church Statistics and Church Mission

Summary statistics that reflect the Catholic Church's worldwide presence of service and apostolates. Also included are figures on the number of priests and bishops and totals for all the world religions.

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Who Was Santa Claus?

Still, behind the figure most embodying the commercial nature of Christmas in the minds of the public, we find a humble and saintly Bishop, and a clear Christian message for our times: the need for generosity both towards our neighbors, and towards God.

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In What Year was Christ Actually Born?

While Jubilee celebrations started with the opening of the Holy Door on December 24, 1999 and ended with its closing on January 6, 2000, it is less clear whether this is really the 2000th anniversary of Christ's birth.

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Slavery

Papal declarations on the morality of slavery are reviewed and put in context. There was certainly a development of doctrine on slavery. It took the Church time to fully understand slavery, just as it did for other things.

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