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Saint Maria Goretti calls us to be 'witnesses of forgiveness'

Jul 6, 2016 - 06:01 am .- Pope Francis has marked the feast of the young martyr St. Maria Goretti by calling the faithful to follow her example and be forgiving to those who wrong them.

We must forgive: a bishop's message after a horrendous Nigerian massacre

Jun 22, 2016 - 12:54 am .- After the sorrow of an April massacre in southeastern Nigeria, a Catholic bishop said the killers of dozens of people must still be forgiven.

How Pope Francis changed the life of a California teen inmate

Mar 5, 2016 - 04:10 pm .- When a juvenile inmate in a California prison wrote to Pope Francis, he did not expect a response. 

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.

Let God's forgiveness heal your heart, Pope Francis says after Christmas

Dec 26, 2015 - 09:01 am .- For Pope Francis, the path forward from Christmas can be found in the martyrdom of St. Stephen, especially in his transforming forgiveness of his persecutors.

Forgiveness in family has power to rebuild society, Pope says

Nov 4, 2015 - 09:20 am .- Delivering his Wednesday general audience address a little more than a week after the close of the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis spoke on the role of forgiveness in helping families become a force for the betterment of society.

After break-in, Bishop Conley prays for burglar's conversion

Oct 13, 2015 - 10:03 am .- When Bishop James Conley's residence in Lincoln, Nebraska was invaded and burglarized this weekend, he offered a message of forgiveness and called on the faithful to pray that the thief will discover Christ and return the stolen items.

I can forgive an abuser, but understand those who can't, Pope says

Sep 28, 2015 - 05:14 am .- In his wide-ranging press briefing en route from the United States to Rome, Pope Francis spoke on the difficult subject of forgiving priests who have molested minors, saying that the strength to forgive, and to be forgiven, can only come from God.

'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.

Maria Goretti's greatest witness is forgiveness, priest observes

Jul 7, 2014 - 06:58 am .- Following St. Maria Goretti’s feast day, the rector of the basilica where her body resides stated that her willingness to forgive is her most prominent testimony, and that her virtue is an example for family life.

Jesus' wounds are the price of forgiveness, says Pope

Jun 1, 2014 - 06:32 am .- Pope Francis focused his Angelus message today on the saving power of Jesus’ redemption, explaining that the risen Christ who ascends to heaven brings the scars of his crucifixion with him.

Christianity is more than a survival guide, Pope insists

Apr 8, 2014 - 08:32 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis focused on how Jesus heals our sin with the Cross, and emphasizing that Christianity is not merely following a written formula, but rather a person who sacrificed for us.

Twenty years after genocide, Church helps Rwanda heal

Apr 7, 2014 - 11:45 am .- Boniface Hakizimana lives in a rural area of Southern Rwanda. He lives peacefully with the widow next door, Viviane N'Habimana. They help each other and support each other when difficulties arise.

Brother of murdered man cites faith, forgives killer

Sep 18, 2013 - 02:03 am .- Pointing to his faith in Christ and reliance on the mercy of God, a man in Argentina has voiced public forgiveness to the man who murdered his brother.

Forgiveness is the 'joy of God,' Pope says

Sep 15, 2013 - 09:04 am .- In his Sunday Angelus, the Holy Father said the “joy of God” is ultimately found in pardoning another for his wrongdoing, just as in the parable of the Prodigal Son.

Pope Francis calls, consoles Italian man after brother's murder

Aug 12, 2013 - 04:04 pm .- An Italian man who has struggled to forgive God after the murder of his brother recently received a personal phone call from Pope Francis, who offered him words of comfort.

Pope: it's wrong to think our enemies must go to hell

Jun 20, 2013 - 01:00 pm .- Pope Francis stressed that it's false to think our enemies “must go to hell” during his daily Mass at the Vatican's Saint Martha House June 20.

Mass for Chavez in Rome described as act of Christian love

Mar 14, 2013 - 04:03 pm .- A Venezuelan priest who concelebrated a Mass in Rome for the repose of the soul of President Hugo Chavez said Mass was a gesture of love for God and forgiveness in Christ.  

Priest conceived in rape recounts journey to forgive father

Feb 18, 2013 - 04:01 pm .- A priest who was conceived in rape when his mother was only 13 years old is sharing the story of how he met, forgave and heard the confession of his father, who is now living a life of faith.

God draws greater good from evil acts, Aurora priest says at funeral

Jul 27, 2012 - 05:55 pm .- In his funeral homily for a parishioner killed in the July 20 shooting in Aurora, Father Martin Lally said God allows evil things to happen in order to allow and inspire good.

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