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Ignatius of Antioch – Martyr & Apostolic Father – Video

In this video, Dr. Italy discusses the importance of Ignatius, 2nd successor to Peter, Paul, and Barnabas in the city of Antioch.  The precious 7 letters that survive from this father of the church are a precious testimony to the apostolic tradition. Ignatius of Antioch There are...

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Ignatius of Antioch, Apostolic Father – Podcast

A 17 minute podcast in which Sonrise Morning show host Anna Mitchell asks Dr. Italy questions about the amazing 2nd Century bishop and martyr, Ignatius of Antioch, the subject of one of the chapters of his book When the Church Was Young: Voices of the...

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Jerome – Father, Doctor and Warrior – Podcast

14 minute podcast in which Sonrise Morning show guest host Ryan Lopez quizzes Dr. Italy about the life and impact of Jerome, bible scholar, father and Doctor of the Church and warrior for Christ.  On the occasion of his feast day, September 30....

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Augustine, Free Will and God’s Grace

In this video, Dr. Italy discusses Augustine's fight against both Manicheans and Pelagians defending free will on the one hand and the utter necessity of grace on the other in light of original sin....

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Mysteries & Rites before Baptism – Ambrose

Ambrose here provides a fascinating glimpse into the rites preceding baptism in 4th century Milan as well as into the adult catechesis (RCIA) of the early Church in which direct discussion of the sacraments, mystagogia, was given only after people had already received the sacraments...

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Fathers of the Church – Getting Started

[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']A[/dropcaps]lmost as soon as a person begins any serious exploration of the Christian heritage, he or she invariably runs across references to “the Fathers of the Church” or “Early Church Fathers.”  The impression is clearly conveyed that these people are important.  Protestant,...

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Mary, Mother of God?

January 1 is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics not because it is New Years, but because it is the octave (8th day) of Christmas, the feast of Mary the Mother of God. This feast helps bring home the reality of the incarnation, that...