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December 2014
Ask a Franciscan
CNS PHOTO/GREGORY A. SHEMITZ Widowed Deacons
A Catholic neighbor recently told me her parish priest said that if a deacon’s wife dies, the Church forbids him from marrying again. What is the reasoning behind this Church ruling?
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Respecting Life at All Stages
I am a religious education director, retired, and am anxious to keep in touch with Church beliefs, which I realize may change from time to time. What is the Church's feeling regarding hospice? I have taken the training and am thinking of volunteering in Spokane, where I will be moving.

I am hearing pro and con in this regard and would like to know what our Church teaches.

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Uniqueness of Jesus
Didn’t Christians simply borrow the man-god idea from the Romans?
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Two Questions
When Jesus died, did he die as a Jew or as a Christian? Also, where was St. Joseph when Jesus was condemned by Pontius Pilate and then executed?
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Altar Questions
Do all altars in Catholic churches point from the faithful praying in the pews toward the East to symbolize the “dawning of the new covenant”? Muslims pray toward Mecca, and Jews pray toward the temple in Jerusalem. Also, why does the priest kiss the altar at the start of Mass?
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