Anointing of the Sick

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Lay Catholic hospital chaplains look forward to newly-translated book of prayers for the sick

Nov 17, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The U.S. bishops are moving forward with plans to create a new resource for laypeople who work among the sick. Read more

A priest administers the Anointing of the Sick.

A new book of prayers for laypeople ministering to the sick could be on its way

Nov 13, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The bishops are considering publishing a new prayer book for laypeople who want to minister to the sick, especially when... Read more

A priest administers the Anointing of the Sick.

Saint Paul-Minneapolis priests adapt to bring sacraments to COVID-19 patients

May 13, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has assembled a team of 30 priests ready to administer last rites— confession,... Read more

A priest administers the Anointing of the Sick.

Boston archdiocese assembles teams of priests to anoint coronavirus patients

Apr 26, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

The Archdiocese of Boston has assembled groups of priests — living together in strategic locations close to hospitals— to administer... Read more

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Can I confess? Or be anointed? Here’s what’s suspended -or not- in your diocese

Apr 1, 2020

Many bishops have now also taken steps to limit or suspend access to the sacraments due to the coronavirus. Here’s... Read more

A priest performs the sacrament of anointing of the sick. 

Updated: Springfield, Mass. diocese rescinds policy permitting nurses to anoint

Mar 27, 2020

By JD Flynn

A Massachusetts diocese authorized a change to norms for the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, permitting a nurse,... Read more

Priest's hospital room mix-up allows dying woman to receive sacraments

Jan 6, 2018

Shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve, Fr. Gregorio Hidalgo went to a hospital to give Communion to a patient.... Read more

You can't get last rites if you plan to kill yourself, says Canadian archbishop

Feb 27, 2016

Legal assisted suicide will soon arrive in Canada, prompting a Catholic archbishop to reflect on what the last rites mean... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on October 2, 2013.

Anointing of the Sick assures nearness of Christ, says Pope

Feb 26, 2014

In his Wednesday general audience Pope Francis gave a brief catechesis on the sacrament of the anointing of the sick,... Read more