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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.

Peace Sacraments

Want peace? Go to confession: Cardinal

Peacemaking begins in people’s own hearts by reconciling with themselves and God through the sacrament of confession, a Vatican cardinal said this week. Source: CNA.

Sacraments Sport

Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo baptised at 46

Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo Luís Nazario da Lima, nicknamed The Phenomenon, last week took a significant step in his life of faith by receiving the sacrament of Baptism. Source: The Catholic Leader.


New resource ‘breaks open’ profound aspects of Baptism

The Sydney Centre for Evangelisation has produced a new resource on Baptism, highlighting the central part it plays in the life of Christians and answering some common questions about the sacrament. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Pope Francis Sacraments

Confession is an encounter of love that defeats evil, Pope tells priests

In a world where “there is no shortage of hotbeds of hatred and revenge”, Pope Francis told priests and seminarians that “we confessors must multiply the ‘hotbeds of mercy’” by making it easy for people to access the sacrament of reconciliation. Source: CNS.