Category: Sacraments

Why Confession Seal Cannot be Broken

Calls are getting louder for the seal of the confessional in the sacrament of reconciliation to be loosened to compel a priest to report confessions of sexual abuse to the civil authorities. The Catholic...

Nyolohelo Church in Sebokeng Confirmation!

Nyolohelo church in Sebokeng, Johannesburg archdiocese, celebrated the confirmation of young members of the parish. The celebrants were Archbishop Buti Tlhagale and Nyolohelo parish priest Fr Simphiwe Kheswa OFM. (Photo: Tankiso Nyelele) More Stories:...

First Communions at St Peter Claver in Soweto!

St Peter Claver parish in Pimville, Soweto, celebrated the First Communion of young members during a Mass said by parish priest Fr Tom Segami OMI. (Photo: Sello Mokoka) More Stories: Can I receive the...

When May Non-Catholics Receive Communion?

While some German bishops have decided that non-Catholic spouses of Catholics may receive Communion in individual cases according to pastoral needs, inter-Communion in Southern Africa is governed by the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference’s “Directory on Ecumenism”, which was approved by the Holy See and released in 2003.

How Understandings of the Sacraments Differ

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the sacraments are perceptible signs (words and actions) accessible to our human nature. By the action of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, they make present efficaciously the grace that they signify (1084).