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Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass with First Communions in the Church of the Sacred Heart of Rakovsky, Bulgaria on May 6, 2019.

Father Weinandy: Pro-abortion rights Catholic politicians abuse, politicize sacraments

May 7, 2021

Dissenting Catholic politicians abuse and politicize the Eucharist when they receive the sacrament while promoting policies and actions contrary to... Read more

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix celebrates Mass with members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Region XIII at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls on Feb. 12, 2020, during their ad limina visit

Phoenix bishop warns of ‘deadly apathy’ of silence on pro-abortion Catholic politicians

May 7, 2021

By CNA Staff

The bishop of Phoenix this week supported a recent letter from the archbishop of San Francisco stating that Catholics cooperating... Read more

Survey: Two-thirds of Catholics say Biden should be able to receive Communion

Mar 31, 2021

Two-thirds of U.S. Catholics say that President Joe Biden, who has contradicted Church teaching on abortion, marriage, and gender ideology,... Read more

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois.

Bishop Paprocki: Examining conscience before communion is essential

Mar 26, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Amid the debate about whether Catholic public figures who support abortion should be permitted to receive Holy Communion, Bishop Thomas... Read more

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Analysis: The communion controversy could be far greater than just pro-abortion politicians

Feb 10, 2021

By Matt Hadro

As U.S. bishops debate whether to deny Communion to unrepentantly pro-abortion Catholic politicians, there is a larger conversation happening that... Read more

Bishop Robert McElroy . Credit: Archdiocese of San Francisco

Bishop McElroy: Some bishops making abortion a political 'litmus test'

Feb 1, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The bishop of San Diego on Monday accused “some bishops” of making the issue of abortion a “litmus test” for... Read more

Vatican upholds bishop over reception of Communion on tongue

Dec 11, 2020

The secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship wrote to a petitioner last month rejecting their appeal against the Bishop... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks about the 2015 World Meeting of Families during a press conference at the Vatican Press Office, March 25, 2014.

Chaput says denying Biden Communion is ‘pastoral’ not ‘political’

Dec 4, 2020

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Charles Chaput said that Catholic president-elect Joe Biden should not receive Holy Communion because of his support for the... Read more

Poland’s bishops attend a Oct. 5-6 plenary meeting in Łódź.

Polish bishops: Communion in the hand acceptable amid pandemic

Oct 6, 2020

Poland’s bishops said Tuesday that Catholics who opt to receive Holy Communion in the hand during the pandemic “cannot be... Read more

Joe Biden campaigns for Hilary Clinton in 2016.

Biden says nuns inspire him to run, plans to sue Little Sisters of the Poor

Aug 13, 2020

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has released a campaign video in which he credits his Catholic faith, Pope Francis, and... Read more

Receiving Communion.

Can bishops require Communion on the hand?

May 19, 2020

Some bishops have ordered that Communion only be distributed on the hand during the coronavirus pandemic. Is this within their... Read more

Mass at the Catholic Shrine of the Martyrs of Namugongo, Uganda, Nov. 28, 2015.

Ugandan archbishop forbids receiving Holy Communion in hands

Feb 3, 2020

The Archbishop of Kampala issued a decree Saturday on the proper celebration of the Eucharist, which forbade the reception of... Read more

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Maine bishop suspends chalice amid flu outbreak

Jan 9, 2020

Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland issued a directive on Thursday suspending the distribution of Communion under both species. Since December, six... Read more

First Communion.

Parents, parishes should have greater role in sacrament prep, Dublin survey says

May 16, 2019

A survey in the Archdiocese of Dublin suggests that parents and educators are interested in changing the model of sacramental... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis rejects German proposal for inter-communion

Jun 4, 2018

By Elise Harris

One month after Vatican and German delegates met in Rome to discuss a proposal put forward by German bishops to... 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

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

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

Nearly 80 prisoners baptized in Argentina

Dec 8, 2017

Seventy-eight prisoners were baptized, confirmed, and received their First Holy Communion in an Argentine prison Dec. 1.  Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Cardinal Mueller: There's no problem with doctrine in 'Amoris laetitia'

Jan 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

The Vatican’s doctrinal head has challenged several cardinals' public questioning of the doctrinal validity of Amoris laetitia, saying the document... Read more