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March 28th, 2017

6 Must Visit Churches During Your Trip To Europe


This very famous medieval church dedicated to Our Lady, is dated back to 1345 and is the seat of the Archbishop of Paris. This cathedral holds a superior place in Christianity because it is where Our Lord’s three of the most precious relics are kept: Christ’s Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of His Holy Nails.

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The largest church of Italy and the fifth largest in the world, this 600-year-old Gothic cathedral is the seat of Archbishop of Milan. This cathedral has the most number of statues, which is 3400 of them, than any other buildings in the world! Dedicated to Our Lady, the gold-colored statue of Mary known as the Madonna stands on the Cathedral’s highest spire and watch over the city of Milan. Above all, the cathedral is also home to a precious relic – one of the nails of Jesus’ crucifixion! The Holy Nail is exhibited at the alter once every year for the worshippers.


Designed by the renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and commenced in 1882, this majestic cathedral’s construction is still ongoing! Gaudi passed away in 1926 witnessing only 25% of the construction and it got interrupted during later years by the Spanish Civil War. Construction has resumed intermittently afterward and is now expected to complete in 2026, 100 years after Gaudi’s death. The church is an extraordinary example of Gothic Architecture like you have never experienced anywhere else. In November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated La Sagrada Familia and proclaimed it as a minor basilica. Even if the construction works are going on, visitors can access the Nave, Crypt, Museum, Shop, and the Passion and Nativity towers.


This beautiful white domed cathedral is situated on the top of the Montmartre hill. It is the highest point in Paris city and the view of the city is breathtaking from here! This church is consecrated in 1914 after the end of World War I. Even if the church is open to visitors all day, there are several beautiful chapels inside the cathedral where you can light a candle, sit down in silence and say a prayer. The mosaic art of ‘Christ in Glory’ at the high altar is one of the largest in the world. It is featured the risen Christ in beaming white clothes, revealing his golden heart surrounded by the Virgin Mary, Saint Michael, Saint Joan of Arc, Pope Leo XIII as well as a symbolic lady figure representing France offering her Crown.

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This 800-year-old Cathedral is one of the greatest in Britain with many significant features. Its interior is a feast to the eye with magnificent stained windows, decorated tombs, little chapels etc. Other important possessions include the World’s oldest working clock and a copy of the very famous document ‘Magna Carta’ (issued by King John in 1215). Also, Salisbury Cathedral has the tallest church spire in UK.


The Statue of Black Madonna in this beautiful Benedictine monastery is very powerful. Our Lady’s statue looks ever so glorious in elaborately embroidered clothes adorned with jewels. Depending on the celebrations, the color of the clothes of Our Lady is changed. This miraculous statue was created by an unknown artist in the 15th century. It is believed that colour of the statue has become black over the years from dust and smoke from the candles and oil lamps. There aren’t many statues like this in Europe, but there is one in another Benedictine abbey on the Mountain top in Barcelona (Montserrat) called Black virgin of Montserrat which resembles to this statue.

Article by Jain

Jain is a traveler who enjoys visiting old cathedrals and sharing the experiences with other people. Please check out her Travel Blog – Travblog

May 19th, 2014

Catechism Of The Catholic Church PDF

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I am sure you might have heard about Catechism Of The Catholic Church, called CCC in short. Do you know what CCC really is? What are the contents of Catechism Of The Catholic Church? Who wrote all the contents of this large Catechism book of the Catholic Church? Please read on.

Short History of Catechism Of The Catholic Church (CCC)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (or CCC) is a catechism promulgated for the Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II in 1992. The decision to publish a catechism was taken at the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that was convened by Pope John Paul II on 25 January 1985 for the 20th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council, and in 1986, put a commission composed of 12 bishops and cardinals in charge of the project. The commission was assisted by a seven member committee including diocesan bishops and experts in theology and catechesis.

The text was approved by John Paul II on 25 June 1992, and promulgated by him on 11 October 1992, the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, with his apostolic constitution, Fidei depositum. Cardinal Georges Cottier, Theologian emeritus of the Pontifical Household and now Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Domenico e Sisto the University Church of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum was influential in drafting the encyclical.

About the Book CCC

When the first American edition of the Catechism came out, it was an unexpected national bestseller. Why? Maybe it was because this book, is an age filled with doubts, teaches with authority. It isn’t an interpretation of what Catholics believe; it is what Catholics believe. Here in one volume is the whole teaching of the Church, undiluted and uncompromised. These teachings are eternal. But the Catechism itself is up-to-the minute.

From animal experimentation to unemployment, it addresses all the most pressing moral questions of the modern world. The index is a masterpiece in itself, nearly 50 pages of carefully organized references that make it easy to find the Catechism’s treatment of any subject. The second edition has been revised in accordance with the official Latin text. It also adds a helpful glossary.

In PDF format, Catechism Of The Catholic Church contains 1425 pages. Another version of CCC was later published which is known as YouCat, a much more simplified version especially for the catholic youth.

January 10th, 2013

Why Should I Be A Catholic?

Why Should I Be A Catholic

I believe that my stay in the Church is on account of the gift of faith granted to me by God. In my student days I had my disbelief and confusion. Those days I spent time to read the Bible, and many other books. Slowly the turbulence died down and my mind was firm that Jesus is true, without a blemish and He would not cheat.

Jesus told his disciples “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” (Mat. 6:44). There may be many ways God chooses for the individuals. It may be very difficult to understand the theory, but if we believe Him we have to believe the word of Jesus. God loves us and He wants to perpetuate His love through His promises and His Word.

The promise of the Holy Spirit

The greatest gift that God has given the Church was the Pentecost day. Jesus ascended into heaven after forty days of his resurrection. He and the Father sent the gift of Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Mary when they were praying in the upper room where Jesus had celebrated the last Supper. They heard a great wind and the Holy Spirit descended on them in the form of flames of fire.

They who were afraid of everything were filled with courage given by the Holy Spirit. Also the Holy Spirit helped them to remember all what Jesus told them and to understand its deeper meaning and guided them in what they were to say and do. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would always guide and protect the Church until the end of time.

The leadership

Jesus also gave the gift of leadership. One day when He was with his disciples, He asked them who people said He was. They answered that the people were saying “prophet” “John the Baptist” and so on.. Hearing this He asked them who they thought He was. Peter answered that He was the Christ, the son of the living God. At this point Jesus told Peter that the revelation came from God. He commanded him to lead and guide the Church. Ever since then the Church has been guided by a successor of Peter whom we call Pope or Holy Father.

The past 2000 years have witnessed many turmoil, confusions, reformation, threats and sufferings,, even fights for power in the Church, but the Church stood on its feet and survived all threats and difficulties. The most modern crisis is the clergy sexual abuse. Apart from the sins and shame it brought about, the enemies want to make the opportunity to humiliate and threaten the leadership. We know the Church has nothing to fear. The Catholic leadership is not a dictatorship, but a collegiality, with all the bishops of the world as leaders. We have the bishops who guide the local Church, assisted by priests.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession

Jesus died on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven. This Sacrament enables us to experience repentance and forgiveness in a very real way. In the Old Testament we hear the prophets asking the people to repent. Jesus in many parables spoke of the joy God has, when the sinner turns back from sin. Same joy God feels when we go for confession. God through his priest tells us how much he loves us and forgives us.

The Holy Eucharist

Jesus is God and savior . He died for us all generations till the end of the world. He wants us to remember his death and resurrection. So he wanted something to perpetuate the memory Jesus therefore instituted the Holy Eucharist and asked us to remember him through the celebration of the Eucharist.

He has to be remembered as the one who came down from heaven, lived among people, suffered, crucified, died, buried and risen to save us. It is a great privilege for a believer that he/she can eat his body and drink his blood in memory of him and get strengthened in body and spirit.

Other Sacraments

Confirmation, matrimony, Holy Orders and anointing the sick – Through all these sacraments grace is poured out to the believers, the bride and bridegroom, the priests and all.

Word of God

The Bible which contains the Word of God is another great gift of the Holy Spirit. When we listen to the Word of God, we feel his proximity. The Word of God is a light in our path and strength to our souls.

The Tradition

The Church is guided by traditions also, for it is one of the ways that God reveals His will. It is defined as practice and beliefs that were not written down but which have been passed on to us throughout the history of the Church. Therefore Bible and Tradition are sacred.

We have so much for which we can be grateful. Possibly the most precious gift is our Catholic faith. We have received a gift that not everyone has. Those who have not got this gift are not bad people or condemnable people. But we who have the gift should work to make it grow in our lives and be willing to share it with others. This is best done by becoming a good Christian in all our words and deeds.

I am happy to be a Catholic because I believe that the Catholic Church is the depository of all truth and wisdom.

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– – – written by K C Thomas

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