Incense, which may be kept in an incense boat, is burned by being put into a censer along with hot charcoal. Incense is often used in the procession during which the priest enters the church. It may also be used at other times, such as the elevation of the host during Mass.
The Catholic church is led by the pope, whom Catholics believe to be the direct successor of the disciple Peter -the first pope. Because Peter's authority came direct from Jesus, Catholics believe the pope's decisions on faith and morality to be infallible. The pope's teachings, explained in his letters and other documents, therefore have a huge influence on Catholics all over the world.
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