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  1. What is the Pope’s little beanie-like hat called? [ Answer ]

  2. What is the term for the special veneration given to the Virgin Mary by Catholics? [ Answer ]

  3. Who was the apostle that replaced Judas? [ Answer ]

  4. What is the word for the sin concerning the sale of indulgences? [ Answer ]

  5. According to tradition, what are the names of the 3 Wise Men? [ Answer ]

  6. What saint was declared the first female doctor of the Church? [ Answer ]

  7. The city in which Apple Computer is headquartered is named for the famous flying monk – what is his name? [ Answer ]

  8. What is the name for the canopy that hangs over the altar in some large churches? [ Answer ]

  9. What cartoon characters were controversially declared to be Catholic by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano in 2010?
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  10. What is the Catholic sounding nickname for a last-second desperation pass in football? [ Answer ]


  1. zuchetto - A zuchetto is a small, hemispherical, form-fitting ecclesiastical skullcap, worn by clerics of the Roman Catholic Church. The zucchetto began existence as the Greek pilos and is a descendant of the beret (which itself was originally a large zucchetto). It was adopted circa the Early Middle Ages, if not earlier, to keep clerics' tonsured heads warm. Its name derives from its resemblance to half a pumpkin. Its appearance is almost identical to the Jewish kippah (yarmulke), though its significance is quite different.
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  2. hyperdulia - Church theologians have long adopted the terms latria for the type of worship due to God alone, and dulia for the veneration given to saints and icons. Catholic theology also includes the term hyperdulia for the type of veneration specifically paid to Mary, mother of Jesus, in Catholic tradition. This distinction is spelled out in the dogmatic conclusions of the Seventh Ecumenical Council (787).
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  3. Matthias - Matthias (d. 80), according to the Acts of the Apostles, was the apostle chosen by the remaining eleven apostles to replace Judas Iscariot following Judas' betrayal of Jesus and suicide. His calling as an apostle is unique in that his appointment was not made personally by Jesus, who had already ascended to heaven, and, it was made before the descending of the Holy Spirit upon the early Church.
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  4. simony - Simony is the act of paying for sacraments and consequently for holy offices or for positions in the hierarchy of a church, named after Simon Magus, who appears in the Acts of the Apostles 8:9-24. Simon Magus offers the disciples of Jesus, Peter and John, payment so that anyone on whom he would place his hands would receive the power of the Holy Spirit.
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  5. Caspar, Melchior, Balthasar - Traditions identify a variety of different names for the Magi. In the Western Christian church they have been commonly known as: Melchior, a Persian scholar , Caspar, an Indian scholar and Balthazar, an Arabian scholar.
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  6. Teresa of Avila - Saint Teresa of Ávila (March 28, 1515 – October 4, 1582) was a prominent Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun, writer of the Counter Reformation, and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. She was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and is considered to be, along with John of the Cross, a founder of the Discalced Carmelites. In 1622, forty years after her death, she was canonized by Pope Gregory XV, and in 1970 named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI.
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  7. Joseph of Cupertino - St. Joseph (1603 - 1663) was born at Cupertino, in the diocese of Nardo in the Kingdom of Naples, in 1603. After spending his childhood and adolescence in simplicity and innocence, he finally joined the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual. After his ordination to the holy priesthood, he gave himself up entirely to a life of humiliation, mortification, and obedience. He was most devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and promoted devotion to her among all classes of people. The mere mention of God or a spiritual matter was enough to take him out of his senses; at Mass he frequently floated in the air in rapture. Once as Christmas carols were being sung, he soared to the high altar and knelt in the air, rapted in prayer. On another occasion he ferried a cross thirty-six feet high through the air to the top of a Calvary group as easily as one might carry a straw.
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  8. baldacchino - (also baldachin, or baldaquin), is a canopy of state over an altar or throne. It had its beginnings as a cloth canopy, but in other cases it is a sturdy, permanent architectural feature, particularly over high altars in cathedrals, where such a structure is more correctly called a ciborium when it is sufficiently architectural in form. A cloth of honour is a simpler cloth hanging vertically behind the throne, which may be combined with a canopy.
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  9. Homer and Bart Simpson - In an article headlined "Homer and Bart are Catholics", the L'Osservatore Romano said: "The Simpsons are among the few TV programmes for children in which Christian faith, religion, and questions about God are recurrent themes."
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  10. Hail Mary Pass - A Hail Mary pass or Hail Mary route in American football refers to any very long forward pass made in desperation with only a small chance of success, especially at or near the end of a half. The expression goes back at least to the 1930s, being used publicly in that decade by two former members of Notre Dame's Four Horsemen, Elmer Layden and Jim Crowley. Originally meaning any sort of desperation play, a "Hail Mary" gradually came to denote a long, low-percentage pass. For more than forty years its use was largely confined to Notre Dame and other Catholic universities. The term became widespread after Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach (a Roman Catholic) said about his game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Drew Pearson in a 1975 playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings, "I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary."
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