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The Stuffed Owl
FATHER GEORGE RUTLER
"The Stuffed Owl" is an amusing anthology of bad verse, first published back in 1930.

The Chains of St. Peter in Rome
MIKE AQUILINA & GRACE AQUILINA
Two lengths of fetters are here fused in a single chain, displayed in a church all its own near the Roman Colosseum.

The building and demolishing of churches
FATHER GEORGE RUTLER
In the late 1990s I watched the rebuilding of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, replicating the nineteenth-century cathedral that had been dynamited by Stalin in 1931.

Mary's Assumption
FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
Please explain our Catholic belief in the Assumption of the Blessed Mother.

The Dormition of Mary
FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
I tuned to a television station for the Rosary. When the priest reached the 4th decade, "the Assumption," they showed scenes of a Church in Israel named, "The Sleep of Mary." The Church includes a statue of Mary asleep and an empty tomb. Ive never heard of the sleep of Mary only that she went to heaven "in toto." What is this "sleep of Mary"?

Can the Pope Retire?
FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
Since Pope John Paul II has been ill, the media have mentioned his possible retirement. Can a pope retire? Has a pope ever retired in history?

Catechesis of fasting
ADAM A. J. DEVILLE
Pope John Paul has called on us to build a holier Church, and in his 1995 letter Orientale Lumen, exhorted Latin Catholics in particular to learn from their Eastern brethren so that the Church can again breathe with both lungs. From the East, then, source of the rising Son, may we receive the gift of fasting as just such a practice that unites, purifies, and strengthens us as the one Body of Christ.

The Crusades
PAUL CRAWFORD
This article presents an overview of the Crusades.

The Papacy: The Petrine Ministry in the Early Church (3 of 3)
ROBERT STACKPOLE
Students will understand that after Jesus created a special Petrine ministry to lead and unify His Church (demonstrated in lesson two) He then used that ministry to secure the unity-in-truth of the early Christian Church, through its many struggles and difficulties.

The Priest Who Died Three Times
LOUISE PERROTTA
In the Gulag, Fr. Walter Ciszek learned some simple truths.

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