by Fr. John Patrick Bertolucci
The Catholic Corner is a new section in our magazine dedicated to specific issues regarding Catholic teachings and traditions. It is in response to the numerous letters from you, our readers, concerning diverse topics you inquire about.
In this issue, we give you the teachings of the Church concerning angels.
Question: Are angels real?
Answer: Angels do exist.
Angels play a big role in many familiar Bible stories. By one count, they appear explicitly 148 times in the Old Testament and 74 in the New Testament. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael are the only three angels called by name in Scripture.
The doctrine that each person has an angel assigned to watch over and intercede for him or her, a "guardian" angel, is a longstanding tradition in the Church, but it has never been defined as an article of faith.
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