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Latest stories: Sacraments

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica. Credit: Luxerendering via Shutterstock.

Baptisms Administered "in name of the community" are Invalid: Vatican

Aug 7, 2020

The Vatican’s doctrinal office issued Thursday a clarification on the sacrament of baptism, stating changes to the formula to emphasize community participation are not permitted.

Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC).

Additional Safety Guidelines for Public Liturgical Celebrations in Ghana Outlined

Jun 11, 2020

Following the easing of restrictions on public gatherings in Ghana, Catholic Bishops in the West African of Ghana have issued additional directives to guide various liturgical celebrations in a bid to contain the possible spread of COVID-19.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Archdiocese of Abuja.

“Church cannot administer Sacraments by phone, modern technology”: Nigerian Archbishop

May 7, 2020

The Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria, Ignatius Kaigama, has clarified despite restrictions on social and religious gatherings put in place as a COVID-19 measure, the Church cannot administer the Sacraments through modern technology “or by proxy.”

Nigerian Spiritan Father Kenneth Iwunna administering Holy Communion to a parishioner of Ethiopia’s Holy Cross Parish in Dhadim / Aid to Church in Need International (ACN)

In Ethiopia: Couples Evangelized, Women Empowered, Youth Exposed Despite Limited Funding

Nov 30, 2019

With 5,000 Euros a year, a religious missionary ministering among Ethiopia’s Borana community has been able to have an impactful apostolate that has included giving dozens of youth the opportunity to interact with peers from other cultures in inter-diocesan pastoral programs, evangelizing couples through the Sacrament of Matrimony, empowering women to become teachers of faith, among other activities that have kept faith alive in the Horn of Africa.

Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday April 19, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis' Message to Those Suffering 'at the foot of the cross'

Nov 15, 2019

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