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

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

My baptism was valid...right?

Last week, the news broke that Father Matthew Hood of the Archdiocese of Detroit had this summer learned that he... Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican: Baptisms administered 'in name of the community' are invalid

The Vatican’s doctrinal office issued Thursday a clarification on the sacrament of baptism, stating changes to the formula to emphasize... Read more

St. Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey.

Island in English Channel permits public Masses as UK churches remain closed

The first public Masses in the British Isles since the coronavirus lockdown will be celebrated Monday on the island of... Read more

Confessional.

USCCB liturgy chair: No cell phones for confession, no delegation of sacramental anointing

The chair of the U.S. bishops’ committee on liturgy wrote to U.S. bishops Friday, to clarify issues related to the... Read more

Sign language.

New sacrament formation program released in American Sign Language 

A new sacrament formation program for the deaf and hard of hearing is offering adult catechetical information in American Sign... Read more

First Communion.

Dublin archdiocese to shift sacrament prep from schools to parishes, families

Catholic sacramental preparation must change to stress the primary role of families and to reach students who do not go... Read more

Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday April 19, 2019.

Pope Francis' message to those suffering 'at the foot of the cross'

Pope Francis told those who are sick and suffering Friday that the world needs their prayers.  Read more

First Communion.

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

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

Pope Francis celebrates the Chrism Mass April 18, 2019.

Pope Francis: Like holy oil, priests must pour themselves out for others

The holy oil blessed at the Chrism Mass is a reminder of the priest’s call to be close to the... Read more

Confirmation.

Bishop confirms 15 inmates at Mexican prison visited by Pope Francis

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

Confessional.

What to do if you're too ashamed to go to Confession

While Reconciliation is intended to allow Christ’s victory to overcome sin in our lives, what happens when shame over one’s... Read more

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

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

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

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, June 1, 2016.

Pope: the choice between good, evil is one we all have to make

On Sunday Pope Francis said good and evil are often entwined, and that as sinners, we can't label any one... Read more

First Communion.

New Hampshire diocese becomes latest to restore order of sacraments

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

A victory for the seal of Confession in Louisiana

Catholic priests do not have to break the seal of Confession to report the alleged abuse of minors, the Louisiana... Read more

Colombian Confess-a-thon at a Bogota Mall.

'Confess-a-thon' returns to Colombian mall, draws 120 priests

For two days this week, a shopping mall in Bogota, Colombia was transformed into a “Confess-a-thon,” as 120 priests administered... 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

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

First Communion.

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

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