Shocking New Encyclical
The Holy Father, in a move that has stunned the Catholic Church worldwide, released an encyclical condemning outright certain practices that have been in place for years. Among its contents,
4) To facilitate greater respect for our Lord, present in the most holy Sacrament, we declare that the practice of lay persons receiving communion in the hand shall be immediately forbidden universally, with no exceptions granted nor any being considered.See here for more details. Greater clarification can be had by scrolling to the bottom of the document.