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Do other Christians use the sign of the cross, or just Roman Catholics

September 14, 2022

Do other Christians use the sign of the cross, or just Catholics?” This question arrived at The Compass via email a while back. It’s something many of us may wonder. […]

The tables you see at Mass

August 17, 2022

Each week, or, for some of us, each day, we gather around a table. That table is the altar of God in a church or chapel. In the past, and […]

In the company of good women

August 1, 2022

During Mass, we often ask the intercession of eight women. One, of course, is the Blessed Mother. Seeking the prayers of these women takes place in the second part of […]

US Catholic colonists fled persecution

July 19, 2022

ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. — While English colonists who arrived in the New World were looking for greater opportunities, many of the Catholic colonists who arrived in Maryland also were […]

What do bands play when pope arrives?

July 5, 2022

What do Alfred Hitchcock and Pope Francis have in common? The 19th-century French composer Charles Gounod wrote a hymn for one and a TV theme song used by the other.  […]

Where is Mary’s oldest statue in US?

June 15, 2022

This June, a novena in honor of the oldest statue of the Blessed Mother in public use in the United States will take place in Sante Fe, N.M. The Novena […]

Happenings in the Upper Room

May 31, 2022

This weekend is Pentecost (June 5) and the location where the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles has also been an important site since the first years of the church. […]

In a seat above the crowds

May 17, 2022

It’s unlikely to see the pope carried by you, with ostrich feathers waving overhead, but Pope Francis recently referred to that tradition, due to a persistent health issue with his […]

Masses for the dead for 30 days

May 10, 2022

Three gold pieces led to Masses for the dead in a whole new way in the sixth century. Because of it, though most of us may not know about it, […]

They came to the tomb with spices

May 4, 2022

On May 8, the western Catholic church celebrates the Fourth Sunday of Easter, often called “Good Shepherd Sunday” because of its Gospel: Jn 10:27-30, where Jesus speaks of his sheep. […]

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