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Italian bishop suspends selecting godparents for baptism and sponsors for confirmation

Dec 8, 2023

By Eduardo Berdejo

Bishop Mario Vaccari of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli in Italy said he made his decision because “emotional ties” have been prioritized over... Read more

Maximiliano Pavillaux walks in the mud to reach the parish for confirmation on Nov. 11, 2023. / The child receives the recognition of Pope Francis from Bishop Mauricio Landra, the auxiliary bishop of Mercedes-Luján, Argentina.

Boy walks 7 miles on muddy roads to receive confirmation, gets a blessing from the pope

Dec 5, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The night before confirmation, the boy’s parents began to worry because the family vehicles were not going to make it... Read more

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Alabama, speaks during a hearing to examine the nomination of USAF General David Allvin for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Chief of Staff of the Air Force on Sept. 12, 2023 at Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Senate confirms military appointments, bypassing pro-life blockade by Tuberville

Sep 21, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Sen. Tommy Tuberville has blocked unanimous consent for seven months in protest of the Department of Defense’s pro-abortion policies.  Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrates a Pontifical Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament at Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane, London, Sept. 11, 2021.

Cardinal Nichols: Traditional rite confirmations no longer permitted

Jan 25, 2022

By Luke Coppen

The Latin Mass Society urged the cardinal to reconsider his stance. Read more


Godfather ban: Sicilian Catholic diocese suspends naming of godparents at baptism for 3 years

Oct 20, 2021

By Courtney Mares

A decree issued by the archbishop of Catania came into full effect this month. 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 administers Confirmation during the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, April 4, 2015.

'Chosen' aims to evangelize during confirmation prep

Jun 3, 2019

By Perry West

A confirmation program developed for parishes aims to call young people to deeper conversions, while teaching them the truths of... Read more

Bishop Sebastian Chico confirms inmates at a prison in Campos del Rio, Spain. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Cartagena-Murcia.

New bishop confirms 62 inmates in Spanish prison

May 30, 2019

In one his first acts following his ordination as bishop, a prelate in Spain confirmed 62 inmates at the Murcia... 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

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his June 6, 2018 general audience.

Pope Francis: The Church is not just the bishops – it's everyone

Jun 6, 2018

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis Wednesday said that the sacrament of Confirmation is a gift meant to be shared with other people, both... Read more

Pope Francis during his general audience in St. Peter's Square May 23, 2018.

The Holy Spirit is the invisible gift of God, Pope Francis says

May 30, 2018

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis said Wednesday that confirmation is the sacrament in which Catholics are marked with a seal that solidifies their... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience May 23, 2018.

The Holy Spirit makes our works effective, Pope Francis says

May 23, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Holy Spirit helps Catholics to do good works by giving them the gifts they need to be effective 'salt... Read more


Bishop confirms 15 inmates at Mexican prison visited by Pope Francis

May 8, 2018

Bishop José Guadalupe Torres Campos of Ciudad Juárez, in Chihuahua state, Mexico, conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on 15 inmates... 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

First Communion.

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

Bishop James Conley confirms men at the Nebraska State Penitentiary March 31.

Be 'saints of this prison,' Bishop Conley tells inmates at Confirmation

Apr 1, 2015

On Tuesday of Holy Week, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln offered Mass and confirmed four inmates at the Nebraska State... Read more

Clemence Figeac prepares to read during Pope Francis' Pentecost Mass June 8, 2014. Photo courtesy of Clemence Figeac.

A young woman's confirmation gift: reading at Pope's Mass

Jun 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

After three years of waiting to be confirmed, Clemence Figeac was asked to read an intention of the faithful during... Read more

'Chosen' series. Image courtesy of Ascension Press.

New confirmation program aims to transform Catholic youth

Mar 23, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Youth minister and Catholic speaker Chris Stefanick says that his confirmation preparation program “Chosen” aims to catechize and evangelize teens... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the sacrament of confirmation with young people Dec. 1, 2013.

Christian life is path of encountering Jesus, says Pope

Dec 1, 2013

Pope Francis traveled to an outlying parish in his Diocese of Rome today, celebrating Mass for the first Sunday of... Read more