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Eight children received their first Communion at Holy Family Church on Jan. 7, 2024, in northern Gaza.

Walking in faith: Eight children receive first Communion in northern Gaza 

Jan 11, 2024

By Zoe Romanowsky

This past weekend, children at Holy Family Parish in northern Gaza received first holy Communion in the midst of war... Read more

Archbishop Dermot Farrell prays in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, on Feb. 2, 2021.

Dublin archbishop: Government advice to delay First Communions, confirmations seems ‘discriminatory’

Aug 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Dermot Farrell expressed ‘profound regret’ at the lack of government engagement over the guidelines. Read more

Bishop Kevin Doran.

Irish Catholic dioceses to go ahead with First Communions, confirmations after government advises delay

Jul 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

‘The mission of the Church cannot be put on hold indefinitely,’ a bishop said. Read more

Pope Francis said a First Communion Mass in Rakovski, Bulgaria May 6, 2019.

Pope Francis says First Communion Mass in Bulgaria

May 6, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Monday gave First Communion to 245 boys and girls in Rakovski, Bulgaria, telling them the Lord wants them... Read more

Pope Francis administers Confirmation during the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, April 4, 20145.

Gallup diocese restores order of sacraments of initiation

Feb 12, 2019

Bishop James Wall of Gallup has announced in a pastoral letter the restoration of the order of the sacraments of... Read more

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New Hampshire diocese becomes latest to restore order of sacraments

Jun 18, 2017

In the name of raising up lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ, another U.S. Latin-rite diocese has decided to restore confirmation... Read more

Dona Penha, 101, receives First Communion.

101-year-old woman receives First Communion

Oct 2, 2016

At 101 years old, Dona Penha has seen quite a bit of life. But the centenarian experienced something new on... Read more

Refugee children in Erbil receive their First Communion May 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of Deacon Roni Momica.

Iraqi refugee children make First Communion in Erbil camp

May 28, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Friday, the first of three rounds of displaced Iraqi children made their First Communion in a refugee camp in... Read more

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One diocese is collecting hundreds of First Communion outfits - here's why

Apr 13, 2016

For many Catholic families, the day their child receives the Sacrament of First Holy Communion marks a pivotal moment in... Read more