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Vatican official traces foot-washing rite’s history, says it should not be given undue importance

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments commented on the Congregation’s new decree concerning the rite...

Michigan bishop inaugurates program to have chant at all parishes

Bishop John Doerfler of Marquette, Michigan, has issued directions for all parishes in the diocese to institute programs that will lead to the congregation chanting the Ordinary parts of the...

Abbey vandalized in Jerusalem

Anti-Christian statements such as “death to the heathen Christians, the enemies of Israel” were written in Hebrew on the doors and walls of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. Greek...

Delaware judge: priest-penitent privilege may be unconstitutional

A Delaware superior court judge has questioned the constitutionality of a state law that protects the secrecy of sacramental confession. State law mandates the reporting of suspected child abuse...

Episcopal Church USA suspended from Anglican communion

The Protestant Episcopal Church in the US has been suspended from the worldwide Anglican communion. The primates of the Anglican world, meeting this week in Canterbury, England, voted to suspend...

Archbishop Nienstedt leaves Michigan parish after protests

Archbishop John Nienstedt has left the parish in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he had been working, because of opposition from some parishioners. Archbishop Nienstedt, who resigned last June from...

Cardinal Sarah emphasizes importance of silence in the liturgy

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has stressed the importance of moments of silence in the...

Lutheran delegation given Communion in St. Peter's basilica

A Lutheran delegation from Finland, which met with Pope Francis earlier this week, received Communion in St. Peter's basilica, although the priests celebrating Mass knew that the recipients were...

Pope strongly upholds Christian marriage as attainable ideal, rejects other forms of union

Christian marriage is not an ideal that only unusual couples can attain, Pope Francis said in a January 22 to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota; it is “a reality that, in the grace of Christ, can...

Pope to travel to Sweden to commemorate Reformation’s anniversary

The Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Francis will travel to Lund, Sweden, on October 31 to take part in a joint Lutheran-Catholic ceremony commemorating the 500th anniversary of the...