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Praying for the Dead

Fr John Edwards, SJ attempts to explain the Catholic devotion of praying for the ‘holy souls'. At first sight it seems legitimate to ask why we should be asking God to help our loved ones the other side of the grave? Surely, if God loves us, He will welcome us all into heaven without any prompting. Fr Edwards will attempt to answer this question by explaining the Church's Teaching on the Holy Souls, purgatory, and our intercession for the deceased. He will also consider how we might in practice pray for the dead, drawing on the depths of the Catholic Tradition.

Adult Formation Summary


Pope John Paul II wrote that the 'formation and enrichment' of all members of the Church will enable 'the proclamation of Christ to reach people, mould communities, and have a deep and incisive influence in bringing Gospel values to bear in society and culture.'