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September 2015
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PHOTO FROM INGIMAGE Why No Beach Weddings?
Why can a Catholic priest or a deacon marry a Catholic couple only in church? Why not on a beach?
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Individual Successors for Apostles?
According to Acts 1:26, Matthias was selected to replace Judas, bringing the number of apostles back to 12. I know that the pope, the bishop of Rome, is considered the successor of Peter.

Were the other apostles replaced upon their deaths? Do we still maintain individual successors for the other 11 apostles? If so, what is that position called? Who selects them? Is that choice for life?

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Seven Last Words
What is the origin of the seven last words of Jesus? I thought this would be easy to find, but I have not found that to be true.

“Born again” Christians look to the Bible alone, but the popularity of this devotion suggests that many of them who follow this devotion are accepting a long-standing Christian tradition without realizing it.

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