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Let yourselves be reconciled with God, Pope Francis says

Apr 30, 2016 - 04:35 am .- Reconciliation is an essential aspect of God’s mercy, Pope Francis said Saturday, explaining that when we distance ourselves from the Lord through sin, it takes much more than our own effort to get back to him.

Pope hears confessions at Jubilee event for teens

Apr 23, 2016 - 06:11 am .- Pope Francis on Saturday heard the confessions of young people in St. Peter's Square as part of this weekend's Jubilee for Boys and Girls, an event which is expected to draw tens of thousands of teenagers from around the world.  

God did not create us to remain crushed by sin, Pope says

Mar 4, 2016 - 01:35 pm .- Leading his annual penitential service on Friday, Pope Francis told attendees to stand tall and be open to forgiveness, and not to let themselves remain under the heavy burden of sin.

This 95-year-old priest walked three miles while hearing confessions

Mar 3, 2016 - 06:43 am .- A 95-year-old priest named Friar Roberto walked more than three-and-a-half miles while hearing confessions during a recent “Penitential Walk” in Brazil.

Pope Francis will hear confessions on Friday at St. Peter's

Mar 2, 2016 - 02:46 pm .- The office of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations has announced that Pope Francis will hear confessions from the faithful at St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday, March 4.  

Why this diocese is holding a 24 hour confess-a-thon

Feb 24, 2016 - 12:04 am .- Priests will be available for confession throughout a special 24-hour period in the Diocese of Bismarck to help celebrate the Year of Mercy.

How to be a great confessor – Pope Francis' advice for priests

Feb 9, 2016 - 12:19 pm .- Priests who are good confessors must recognize their own sins in order to forgive and comfort penitents, Pope Francis said one day before the start of the Lenten season.

'Confess-a-thon' at Colombian mall draws 350 priests

Oct 14, 2015 - 03:05 am .- In the South American nation of Colombia – where an estimated 70 percent of the population identifies as Catholic – it is not unusual to encounter Catholic priests at a cathedral, or perhaps at a religious school or hospital. Seeing scores of priests at a shopping mall, on the other hand, is a less frequent occurrence.

Confession isn't the 'dry-cleaners' – it's an embrace from God

Jan 23, 2015 - 03:55 pm .- Pope Francis said that confessing our sins isn't a “mechanical” procedure like getting a stained removed but rather a joyful embrace from God, who forgives everything from a heart that's repentant.

An Advent gift: God's mercy in the confessional, cardinal says

Dec 17, 2014 - 06:02 am .- As Christmas approaches, priests and penitents should remind themselves of the “miracle” of confession and how we should approach the sacrament with “full freedom,” a Vatican cardinal says.

Priests at Mexico City Cathedral hear 5000 confessions

Dec 8, 2014 - 08:54 am .- Responding to an invitation from Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera to seek reconciliation with Christ during the season of Advent, nearly 5000 Catholics stood in line for hours to receive the Sacrament of Confession.

Repentance: A tough but true topic for divorced, remarried

Nov 20, 2014 - 11:40 am .- The divorced and remarried can receive absolution like any other member of the faithful, the Vatican's doctrinal office has affirmed: when they repent, in their case taking a firm resolution to abstain from sex with their new partner.

'The right to forget': sins are left behind in the confessional

Nov 17, 2014 - 10:47 am .- Speaking about the “right to forget” sins after confessing them, a Vatican official stressed that God’s mercy truly frees us from our past sins if we truly repent of them.

Supreme Court asked to defend Seal of Confession in La. case

Sep 6, 2014 - 07:32 am .- The Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that a diocesan priest may be forced to break the Seal of Confession.  

La. diocese: priest cannot break seal of confession

Jul 10, 2014 - 05:50 am .- After the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that a priest may have to testify about an alleged confession, the Diocese of Baton Rouge said that this demand “assaults” Church teaching and is unconstitutional.

God never tires of forgiving us, Pope reflects

Mar 28, 2014 - 12:13 pm .- Pope Francis dedicated his homily at Friday’s Mass to the mercy of God, emphasizing that while God is firm in his call for conversion, he is always waiting to receive the sinner with open arms.

Upcoming day of reconciliation announced by Pope

Mar 23, 2014 - 06:38 am .- During his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis announced that March 29-30 would be “24 hours for the Lord,” during which people can find special opportunities for prayer and the sacrament of confession.

Pope Francis: Be courageous, go to confession

Feb 19, 2014 - 04:57 am .- During his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.

Computer system could help deaf Catholics make confessions

Dec 20, 2013 - 02:32 am .- A Phoenix, Ariz., priest has invented a computer system intended to help Catholics who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired to make their confessions.

Church is 'depository' of God’s forgiveness, Pope says

Nov 20, 2013 - 05:44 am .- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke about the power Jesus gave the apostles to forgive sins in his name, stating that priest’s should exercise this ministry with “humility.”

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