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Changing words in sacraments can make them invalid, dicastery warns

By OSV News | February 5, 2024 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith said 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. When a priest or other … Read More about Changing words in sacraments can make them invalid, dicastery warns

Vatican says papal trip to Papua New Guinea is ‘under study’

By OSV News | January 30, 2024 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The foreign minister of Papua New Guinea said his government has received an “official note” that Pope Francis intends to visit the country for three days in August, but the director of the Vatican press office said plans for a trip are in the “very preliminary” … Read More about Vatican says papal trip to Papua New Guinea is ‘under study’

Jerusalem church official: Gaza situation ‘extremely catastrophic’

By OSV News | January 23, 2024 | 0 Comments

(OSV News) – The situation in the Gaza Strip is “extremely catastrophic”, and people are dying not only from violence, but from preventable illnesses, said the CEO of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. “People are really losing their life because of no treatment, no medical care,” Sami El-Yousef, CEO, told OSV News on … Read More about Jerusalem church official: Gaza situation ‘extremely catastrophic’

At US March for Life, pro-life leaders express cautious optimism about 2024 elections

By OSV News | January 22, 2024 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (OSV News) – Pro-life leaders at the 51st annual US March for Life on January 19 said that a lot of work remains for their cause as the nation begins an election year, but they expressed optimism they can turn the tide of public opinion. Since the Supreme Court’s June … Read More about At US March for Life, pro-life leaders express cautious optimism about 2024 elections

Vatican doctrine official says priestly celibacy should be optional

By OSV News | January 15, 2024 | 1 Comment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The Catholic Church should revise its celibacy requirement for Latin-rite priests, a senior official in the Vatican’s doctrinal office said. “If it were up to me, I would revise the requirement that priest(s) have to be celibate,” said Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, adjunct secretary of the Dicastery … Read More about Vatican doctrine official says priestly celibacy should be optional

Doctrinal dicastery explains how, when gay couples can be blessed

By OSV News | December 19, 2023 | 5 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – A Catholic priest can bless a gay or other unmarried couple as long as it is not a formal liturgical blessing, and does not give the impression that the Catholic Church is blessing the union as if it were a marriage, the Vatican doctrinal office has … Read More about Doctrinal dicastery explains how, when gay couples can be blessed