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Cardinal Walter Kasper.

German bishops react to Vatican decision on Communion for Protestants

Jun 8, 2018

Several German bishops have reacted with surprise, consternation and criticism to the Vatican’s rejection of a proposal to allow Protestants married... Read more

Sunday Mass is not optional, UK archbishop reminds Catholics

Jun 5, 2018

In a pastoral letter for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Archbishop Leo Cushley of St. Andrews & Edinburgh stressed the... Read more

Foreign bishops respond to German intercommunion proposal

May 23, 2018

Several bishops from outside Germany have critiqued a proposal to allow Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive communion in German... Read more

Church in Germany embroiled in intercommunion debate

May 14, 2018

The unresolved debate over a proposal to allow Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive communion in German dioceses under some... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass during his pastoral visit to Molfetta April 20, 2018.

Pope: Without the Eucharist, everything the Church does is vain

Apr 20, 2018

By Elise Harris

During a brief day-trip to two small Italian cities, Pope Francis stressed the centrality of the Eucharist to the life... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising and Cardinal Rainier Woelki of Cologne in Rome, March 14, 2013.

Cardinal Marx reportedly to speak to Pope Francis on intercommunion handout

Apr 19, 2018

The German bishops' conference has denied reports that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has rejected its planned... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican reportedly rejects German bishops' proposal for intercommunion of spouses

Apr 18, 2018

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reportedly rejected a planned proposal by the German bishops' conference to... Read more

Hosts donated by the Bishop Víctor Manuel Ochoaof Cúcuta. Photo: Diocese of Cúcuta.

Colombian diocese donates 250,000 hosts to alleviate shortage in Venezuela

Apr 2, 2018

With a flour shortage leading to a lack of hosts in Venezuela, the neighboring diocese of Cúcuta, Colombia donated 250,000... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday General Audience March 21, 2018.

Holy Communion unites us to Christ, Francis says

Mar 21, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

At Wednesday's general audience, Pope Francis said our participation in the Holy Eucharist at Mass is not a merely spiritual... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, presents one of his books in Rome, May 25, 2017.

Analysis: Cardinal Sarah, Blessed Paul VI, and Catholic commentary

Mar 7, 2018

By Carl Bunderson

Cardinal Robert Sarah has authored a preface for a newly published book detailing the ascendancy, in the last 50 years,... Read more

Eucharistic hosts.

Eucharistic miracle? Hosts found intact in church destroyed by earthquake

Feb 27, 2018

Almost a year and a half after an August 2016 earthquake in the central area of the Italy, a tabernacle... Read more

Bishop Mark Davies.  CNA file photo.

UK bishop: Have we allowed youth to become bored with the Mass?

Feb 27, 2018

In a recent pastoral letter, a British bishop has encouraged Catholics to make the “awesome reality” of the Eucharist a... Read more

Senator Richard Durbin (public domain image)

Change your heart, change your abortion votes, Bishop Paprocki tells Sen Durbin

Feb 22, 2018

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois has reiterated that U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin should not receive Holy Communion due... Read more

German bishops discuss intercommunion of Lutheran, Catholic spouses

Feb 22, 2018

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has announced that the German bishops' conference will publish a pastoral handout for married couples that allows... Read more

Pope Francis during his Oct. 25, 2017 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis: Think 'being good' is enough? It’s not. Go to Mass

Dec 13, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

According to Pope Francis, a Christian can’t just be a good person and skip Mass on Sundays, because it is... Read more

Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday 2015.

Pope Francis: At Mass we participate in Calvary

Nov 22, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday Pope Francis said that when we attend Mass, it is as if we are approaching Jesus on the... Read more

Pope Francis during his Nov. 15, 2017 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis: The Mass needs silence, not 'chit-chat'

Nov 15, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday, Pope Francis called out the common habit of chatting with people around you before Mass, stressing that this... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his April 26, 2017 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope: Mass is for the Eucharist, not pictures. Put the phone away.

Nov 8, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday a fiery Pope Francis chastised those who spend Mass talking to others, looking at their phone or even... Read more

Pope Francis gives benediction on the Feast of Corpus Christi May 26, 2016.

Pope Francis: In the Eucharist we receive the grace to love

Oct 29, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Sunday Pope Francis reflected on Jesus’ command to love God above all things, and your neighbor as yourself, saying... Read more