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Colombian Confess-a-thon at a Bogota Mall.

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

Oct 22, 2016

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

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

First Communion.

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

Pope Francis prays the Angelus with pilgrims in St Peter's Square Jan. 10, 2016.

Do you celebrate the day of your baptism? Pope Francis asks

Jan 10, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his Sunday Angelus remarks Pope Francis stressed the importance of both knowing and celebrating the day of our baptism,... Read more

Pope Francis baptizes 26 infants in the Sistine Chapel Jan. 10, 2016.

Pope Francis baptizes infants, says faith is their 'greatest inheritance'

Jan 10, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis baptized 26 babies in the Sistine Chapel, telling parents to nurture the faith in the lives... Read more

Chalice.

Denver's Archbishop Aquila restores sacraments to original order

May 23, 2015

In an unprecedented change for an archdiocese, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver announced that the Sacraments of Initiation –... Read more

One of the 20 couples who were married by Pope Francis on Sept. 14, 2014 pose for a picture during the ceremony.

Pope: Is the fear of failure causing young people to avoid marriage?

Apr 29, 2015

By Ann Schneible

With the number of children raised in brokenness on the rise, young people view marriage as a path to failure... Read more

Pope Francis greets bishops during his general audience on Sept. 25, 2013

Holy Orders fosters a passionate love of the Church, Pope notes

Mar 26, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his weekly general audience Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Sacraments, devoting today’s discourse to those who receive... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 4, 2013

Pope Francis: our faith is 'not an ornament'

Jan 15, 2014

By Elise Harris

During his general audience, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Sacrament of Baptism, emphasizing that we are called to... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 27, 2013

Pope urges faithful to remember 'glorious hope' of Baptism

Jan 8, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of the sacrament of Baptism, highlighting how it is... 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

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square during his General Audience on Nov. 13, 2013

Baptism is a 'bath of regeneration,' says Pope

Nov 13, 2013

By Elise Harris

During his general audience, Pope Francis devoted his reflections to the sacrament of Baptism, stating that it opens the door... Read more

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims during his General Audience on Sept. 25, 2013

Charity is the 'greatest richness' of Church, says Pope

Nov 6, 2013

By Elise Harris

During his general audience today, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of participating in the Church’s spiritual goods in order... Read more

Pope Francis greets families of pilgrims Oct. 26 in St. Peter's Square.

Sacraments are not mere 'decorations,' insists Pope

Oct 26, 2013

Pope Francis met with families from around the world today in a celebration of the joy of family life, telling... Read more

Baptism.

Change in baptismal rite emphasizes Church's identity

Aug 23, 2013

In one of his last acts as Pope, Benedict XVI approved changed wording in the rite of baptism which emphasizes... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl gives a homily during Mass at tomb of St Peter, January 16, 2011.

Confession key to Church renewal, Cardinal Wuerl reflects

Mar 11, 2013

In a March 10 homily in Rome, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C. emphasized the importance of the sacrament... Read more

Bishop Samuel Aquila concelebrating Mass at the Basilica of St John Lateran March 8, 2012.

Bishop Aquila receives Pope's praise for reordering sacraments

Mar 8, 2012

Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo said he is delighted to have first-hand papal approval for changing the order by which... Read more