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Do We Pray to Mary?

Why do Catholics pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to the saints? Why not pray directly to God?

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The Devil’s Power

If God created the angel Lucifer, why didn't God simply dump him in hell instead of allowing him to torment us?

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Memorare’s Author

I have read that St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153) wrote the Memorare. Is that true? 

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