Illustration of the holy Eucharist

Why Closed Communion?

I am in the process of becoming a Catholic but am having difficulty accepting closed Communion.
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Antonia Salzano Acutis, mother of Blessed Carlo Acutis, is pictured after an interview in Assisi, Italy, Oct. 9, 2020. Antonia Acutis spoke at gatherings in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington and Texas during a Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2023, tour. (CNS photo/Junno Arocho Esteves)

Mother of Blessed Carlo Acutis visits U.S., invites all to encounter Christ

The mother of an Italian teen on the road to sainthood recently toured several U.S. parishes to kindle increased devotion to the Eucharist, which was "the center of life" for her late son.
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Body of Christ | Photo by Josh Applegate on Unsplash

CARA study shows positive signs of belief in Eucharist, but underscores need for revival

Almost two-thirds of Catholics believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, but only 17% physically attend Mass at least once per week, according to a survey from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
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Christ at Emmaus

The Light of Your Face

Reflect During the Eucharistic prayer, we hear the words, “Remember all who have died in your mercy; welcome them into the light of your face.” Who comes to mind when you hear this? Can you feel the comfort in your ...
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Eucharist Bread Wine

The Body of Christ

Reflect The centurion knew he was not worthy for Jesus to enter under the roof of his home, but his faith convinced him Jesus would heal his servant anyway. Pray Dear Jesus,I move along in the Communion line at Mass,and ...
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Cross laid on palms

Lent with St. Clare: Fourth Thursday

Clare’s spiritual path calls for active love and only one who has entered into union with the crucified Spouse can become like the Spouse, crucified in love. The church, in Clare’s view, lives and grows when its members are active ...
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