According to the catechism, the Seven Deadly Sins can be classified beside the Seven Virtues they oppose.
For example, Pride/ Humility, Anger/Meekness, Envy/Love, Lust/Chastity, Gluttony/ Moderation, Laziness/Zeal, Greed/Generosity.
Between the third and the seventh century, over six million pagan, Jewish and Christian burials took place in the catacombs beneath Rome. It is also where persecuted Christians were able to bury their dead in secret. Some of the burials were very elaborate with rooms carved out of the rock, decorated with frescoes. Most examples of Christian art before about 400 AD are here - images and sculptures of the gospel stories and scriptures.
During the 1950s, collection boxes, decorated with pictures of wide-eyed black babies, were left in shops, schools and other public places to raise money for the Catholic missions in Africa.
Not an official doctrine, the idea of limbo was thought up by Roman Catholic theologians some time in the 13th century to solve the problem of what happened to unbaptised babies. Although they had not been freed from Original Sin, they surely did not deserve to go to purgatory or hell: limbo was the answer – somewhere between heaven and hell.
Pope John Paul dropped limbo from the 1992 catechism, and it is believed that Pope Benedict, the present pope, is in favour of dropping the concept too.
Sacrilege is the irreverent treatment of sacred things, people or things.
A mortal sin is so called because it is considered to be the death of the soul. It applies to such things as murder and adultery, if carried out with full knowledge and full consent. Catholics may not receive Communion if they have not confessed to mortal sins.
Venial sin is not so serious – for example, selfishness, anger, or lack of generosity.
The Sacred Heart is an important symbol for believers, an image of the love of God.
It is usually represented by a heart shining with divine light surrounded by a crown of thorns. The Feast of the Sacred Heart is celebrated on the first Friday of June.