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Bishop Marcus Stock said he was concerned about the paucity of confirmed Catholics

Bishop Marcus Stock said he was concerned about the number of baptised Catholics who were not confirmed

Pope Francis greets Giuseppe Chiolo, 16, in St Peter's Square during a Year of Mercy general audience at the Vatican (CNS)

Giuseppe Chiolo, who is being treated at an oncology ward in a Florence hospital, wrote to the Pope with a request to meet him

Pope Francis visits the traditional site of Jesus's baptism in Jordan in May 2014 (CNS)

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'Because God respects our freedom, Catholic parents can only lead a horse to water' (CNS)

If Mass is dull, shop around

In a thriving London parish the catechists often ask me to give a talk to parents on how to keep their children Catholic

SSPX leader Bishop Bernard Fellay in Ecône in 2009 (CNS)

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A girl aged nine is confirmed in Central Islip, New York (Photo: CNS)

Should the Church revert to confirming children before they receive First Holy Communion? Or would that lead to a diminished understanding of the faith?

Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral (Mazur/CCN)

Archbishop Kelly of Liverpool has reversed the usual order of sacraments in his diocese

A bishop administers the sacrament of Confirmation (CNS file photo/Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness)

Let’s delay the sacrament until children are 16

Archbishop Longley confirms 37 in Harborne

Archbishop Bernard Longley pictured with Augustinian Friars, from left, Fr Laurence Brassil, Fr Michael Roche, Prior, and Fr George Donaghy, parish priest of St Mary’s Harborne