- Dec 10, 2019
The letter that was released recently from the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship had some people, especially those suffering from celiac disease, wondering why gluten must remain in the host. Joanne M. Pierce of the College of the Holy Cross explains a bit of the history.
A layperson affected by celiac disease who is unable to receive even a low-gluten host may receive Communion under the species of wine only. A priest in a similar situation, when taking part in a concelebration, may with permission of the Ordinary receive Communion under the species of wine only.
The traditional Quasimodo’s Festival in Chile brings the sacraments to the old and infirm and parishioners who could not get to church on Easter Sunday. More than 4,000 people jumped on horses to visit households and give Communion.
As a major conference on Africa gets set to open in Rome, the principal organizer, Nigerian Father Paulinus Odozor, says the debate over Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics unleashed by ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is already settled in Africa — and that the answer is ‘no.’
In a speech to leaders of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Pope Francis called all Christian faiths to work and pray together. The president of the German Catholic bishops’ conference told reporters that Christians should witness the Gospel in a language of dialogue, understanding and goodwill.