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Catholic Pope baptizes a baby in a gilded font
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
The statistical yearbook noted “a general downward trend in the relative number of baptisms, following closely the trend in the birthrate in most countries.”
A photograph of a priest's hands praying the roasry while seated in a confessional
FaithFaith and Reason
Louis P. Masi
It is within the sacred space of the sacrament of reconciliation that someone can come to be heard.
a bishop in a red chasuble and white hat makes the sign of the cross on the forehead of a 20-something woman being confirmed, many people are behind her
FaithFaith in Focus
Patrick Cullinan
Many young Catholics I know were compelled to be confirmed by family members who felt the sacrament was important. My situation was the opposite—I was confirmed of my own volition.
a painting of the resurrected christ against a blue background
FaithVantage Point
Daniel J. O'Hanlon, S.J.
For the early church, the reality of the Resurrection was central, not only in the structure of the liturgical celebration, but also in the pattern of the liturgical year. Easter was the greatest feast of the whole year.
a priest's hand reaches into a gold container of chrism oil for confirmation
FaithFaith in Focus
Gregory Hillis
To receive already baptized Christians into the church at the vigil may be well-intentioned, but liturgically speaking, it is akin to suggesting that the candidates were not actually Christians before being received into the church.
A Catholic priest and a man demonstrate the sacrament of confession
Gina Christian - OSV News
Archbishop Listecki said “the false assertions of Father James Connell have caused understandable and widespread unrest among the People of God, causing them to question if the privacy of the confessional can now be violated.”