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Devotions and Feasts

Our collection of articles on the many different expressions of love and fidelity that arise from the intersection of one's own faith, culture, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why All Souls Day was established by this Benedictine monk

St. Odilo of Cluny directed all his monks to pray for the souls in purgatory on the day following All Saints Day.

How World War I influenced the celebration of All Souls Day

The numerous casualties of the "Great War" had a direct impact on how priests celebrated Mass on November 2.

Pope: Holiness a gift and a call

Fatigued by the bitterness of the journey through earth, we must live our eyes to the Holy City!

Why bonfires were a popular tradition on All Saints’ Eve

Catholics were known in England for their large fires around the feasts of All Saints and All Souls.

Souling for cakes and beer: The Catholic tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween

Instead of begging for candy, children and adults knocked on doors and exchanged "soul cakes" and ale for prayers.

Is Halloween a holy day of obligation in the Catholic Church?

Attending the vigil Mass on "All Hallows' Eve" fulfills your duty for All Saints Day.

Is there any reason to be afraid of Halloween?

Ghost stories and urban legends combine to create an atmosphere of fear on what's supposed to be a day of rejoicing.

Why the feast of Christ the King was originally celebrated in October

The feast had a close connection to All Saints Day when it was first instituted by Pope Pius XI.

The first Halloween began with an exorcism

The origins of Halloween are rooted in a massive exorcism performed in the 7th century.

‘Love and Mercy’: New film on St. Faustina and her vision of the Divine Mercy image

The docudrama, in theaters on December 2, chronicles the Polish nun's 70-year-long journey from suspected psychotic to saint.

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