The sacraments are gifts from God that are given freely and are not a way for the church to fill up its coffers to cover expenses, Pope Francis said.
Q. As an extraordinary minister of holy Communion, I have something bothering me. As we give out Communion, we say “body of Christ” for the host and “blood of Christ” for the chalice. But aren’t we actually offering the “complete Christ” — body, blood, soul and divinity — under each species? (Ogallala, Nebraska) A. You […]
In “Amoris Laetitia,” Pope Francis teaches that the sacrament of marriage is not merely a “thing” or an impersonal power. It is an encounter with the person of Jesus who strengthens, heals and walks with the couple in their life together (No. 73).
Naming a child is an important task for parents, because it gives children a sense of identity and belonging to their family and to God, Pope Francis said.
The Eucharist unites and calls for ways to reach out to others; it is being in communion with the Lord and with others who are also with the Lord.
Baptism is no mere “formality” in Christian life. “It is an act that touches the depths of our existence,” Pope Francis said.
Without baptism can a person be buried in a Catholic cemetery and what are deacons sacramentally authorized to do by the laws of the Catholic Church.
ROME (CNS) — No matter how complicated it is to do, all children have a need and a right to religious education and access to the sacraments, said a priest who was born deaf and became blind 16 years ago. Opening the Year of Mercy jubilee celebration for the sick and persons with disabilities, Redemptorist […]