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Cohabitation and Catholic seniorsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I was born in 1926 and attended Catholic schools before being called into military service during World War II. My wife of 57 years, a convert to Catholicism, died in 2005. Two years later, I began ...

'Last rites' in a coma Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My daughter, who was 50 years of age, became deathly ill, spent six weeks in the intensive care unit, then entered hospice to die. When death was imminent, a nurse finally found a priest to administer ...

What is the origin of the word 'Mass'?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. In all of my 78 years (and with 16 years of Catholic education), I have never heard where the word "Mass" comes from to describe the Eucharist. (It seems like an odd word.) (Gambrills, Maryland) A. ...

Donating body to science Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I would like to donate my remains to medical science. Does the Catholic Church approve or disapprove of this action? (Chesapeake, Virginia) A. The Catholic Church not only allows this but encourages ...

The pope's security detailFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Who are the men protecting Pope Francis who are wearing suits and ties? Are they part of the Italian national police force, Swiss Guards or a private security firm? (They seem to protect the pope not ...

Sunday shopping Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a sports professional and have various opportunities for endorsement deals. Can you tell me whether it's all right to be sponsored by a brand whose stores are open on Sundays? (I know that Sunday ...

Salvation for a nonbeliever?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. In a recent issue of our diocesan paper, I read an article about a conversation that had occurred in Italy between Pope Francis and a young boy. The boy -- who was both fearful and tearful, as he whispered ...

Response to helping beggars Father Kenneth Doyle

(Editor's Note: Recently, a reader asked whether motorists should stop to give money to those begging on street corners. While acknowledging the traffic safety concerns, I confessed that I myself find ...