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Holy Week: Prayer, reflection, traditions mark the pinnacle of the Church

The risen Christ is depicted in the painting “Resurrection” by 15th-century Italian master Andrea Mantegna.

In Holy Week, we honor the pinnacle of the Catholic faith, when Jesus rose from the dead as part of God's salvific plan for humanity. This is bigger than Christmas. It's a reminder of His infinite mercy for us, and a time in which we grow closer to Him in love.

Read more about the Holy Week traditions at www.stlouisreview.com/holy-week

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Varied paths bring thousands into Catholic Church at Easter Vigil

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak of Altoona-Johnstown, Pa., looked on as catechumen Dooyoung Lim signed the Book of the Elect Feb. 22 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona-Johnstown.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Who was Jesus? Why do we need a pope? How were we made by God?

All of these are good questions that anyone considering becoming Catholic might ask.

But the questions are even more poignant when they come from a young man who grew up in a place where the government told him that God cannot mutually exist with science, where one who believes in God is considered weak, and where the only media coverage of the Catholic Church is around abuse scandals.

If this is your background, it's challenging to talk about God at all.

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