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Research Sacraments

National study to probe reasons for drop in Mass attendance

The National Centre for Pastoral Research will soon commence a study of reported reasons why people who continue to affiliate as Catholics do not participate regularly in Sunday Mass. Source: The Catholic Weekly. 

Global Church Sacraments

Eucharistic Congress to embrace theme of ‘fraternity to heal the world’

The International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Quito, Ecuador, this September will emphasise commitment to “life” and “fraternity”, according to the local archbishop. Source: CNA.

Sacraments Theology

British Dominican says Eucharist a remedy for modern body anxiety

In an age of gender and body dysphoria, the Eucharistic sacrifice is a reminder of “the great redemption of our bodies, and of Christ who gives all that he is through his body”, says British Dominican Fr Timothy Radcliffe. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Pope Francis Sacraments

Don’t ask too much during confession, Pope tells priests

Catholics should not be afraid to bear their sins before God whose mercy is a model for the Church’s ministers, Pope Francis said on Friday. Source: CNS.


Changing words in sacraments can make them invalid, Vatican warns

The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith says it continues to receive reports of Catholics, including priests, finding out all the sacraments they have received are invalid because they were baptised years earlier with a formula that was not approved. Source: OSV News.

Europe Sacraments

Church in Belgium appeals against ruling allowing ‘debaptism’

The Church in Belgium, facing rising protests after a television film on abuse and cover-ups in its ranks, has appealed against a government data protection agency ruling that the Ghent Diocese must let a person be “debaptised”. Source: The Tablet.

In The Dioceses Sacraments Schools

Course creates ‘beautiful’ link between school and parish life

Parish life in Sydney is being future-proofed with a successful partnership between Sydney Catholic Schools and Sydney Archdiocese’s liturgy office to train senior students as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. Source: The Catholic Weekly.


Vatican encourages single mothers to access sacraments

Women who have conceived a child out of wedlock and have the courage to choose life for their baby “should be encouraged to have access to the healing and consoling power of the sacraments,” says the head of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith. Source: NCR Online.

Gender Sacraments Vatican

Vatican says trans people can be baptised, witness marriages

The Vatican’s doctrine office has said an adult who identifies as transgender can receive the sacrament of Baptism under the same conditions as any adult, as long as there is no risk of causing scandal or confusion to other Catholics. Source: CNA.