Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments

Communion in the hand vs. Communion on the tongue

By Mathew Schmalz, March 19, 2015 What is it about Communion in the hand versus Communion on the tongue? I’ve been in a lot of Catholic contexts, and nothing — apart from typical hot-button issues like abortion and gay marriage — seems to provoke such a strong reaction. Advocates of... read more
A priest offers a parishioner the Eucharist by hand.

Vatican Upholds Bishop Over Reception of Communion on Tongue

Archbishop Roche cited a letter sent in August by the congregation’s prefect, Robert Cardinal Sarah, in which the cardinal wrote: “in times of difficulty, Bishops and Episcopal Conferences can give provisional norms which must be obeyed." National Catholic Register, December 12, 2020 ... read more

“Virtual” Mass never substitutes in-person participation

In a Letter to the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences, the Congregation for Divine Worship affirms the necessity of a return to the normality of Christian life, where the health care crisis permits, saying that assisting at a virtual Mass cannot be compared to the physical presence of the... read more

In surprise, Benedict openly defends clerical celibacy as Francis considers married priests

By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, January 12, 2020VATICAN CITY — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has coauthored a new book defending the Catholic Church's practice of a celibate priesthood, in a shocking move that comes as Pope Francis is considering the possibility of allowing older,... read more

Cardinal Sarah: Nigerians killed by the Islamic State are “martyrs”

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Jan 2, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- African Church leaders have responded to the reported Dec. 26 execution of 11 Nigerian Christians by a terrorist group affiliated with the Islamic State. The priest’s comments referred to a Dec. 26 video depicting militants beheading 10... read more