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Show Notes

Archbishop Vigneron discusses the Communion of Saints, the union between the saints on earth, in purgatory, and in heaven.

0:30 —Archbishop Vigneron, Mary, and Mike greet each other and catch up on the past month. Archbishop talks about visiting Rome with the USCCB leadership, meetings with the Vatican Curia offices, and an audience with Pope Francis, as well as a pilgrimage following the footsteps of St. Paul in Greece and Turkey.

3:26 —Mary asks Archbishop to reflect on what it was like to have an audience with Pope Francis.

5:09 —Mary introduces this month’s topic, the Communion of Saints, asking Archbishop Vigneron to share a little about the history and background of this teaching.

8:34 —Mike asks Archbishop to explain what is meant by the term “Communion of Saints.”

9:56 —Archbishop Vigneron explains the terms Church militant, Church triumphant, and Church suffering: what they mean, why we use them, and how they interact with one another.

14:43 —Mary asks Archbishop to discuss the Church’s teaching on purgatory.

18:12 —Archbishop talks about how those who are alive can pray for the souls in purgatory and help them get to heaven.

21:17 —Mary introduces the Confraternity for Holy Souls and asks Archbishop to explain his vision for this new lay apostolate focused on praying for the holy souls in purgatory.

27:18 —Archbishop discusses why Catholics pray to saints in heaven, how those saints can be helpful to those of us still on earth, and how one becomes a patron saint.

41:55 —The episode closes with a prayer and blessing.