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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Nov 13, 2013 - 07:09 am .- During his general audience, Pope Francis devoted his reflections to the sacrament of Baptism, stating that it opens the door a journey of faith, and helps to sustain us along the way.
Sep 11, 2013 - 12:04 am .- Catholic clergy in England and Wales say more people are going to confession, and many credit both Pope Francis' election and Benedict XVI's 2010 papal visit for inspiring the trend.
May 7, 2013 - 12:01 am .- A Connecticut priest says a new confessional recently installed at his parish stands as a visible sign of God's grace, and has increased churchgoers' participation in the sacrament.
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