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Pope Francis says Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Feb. 17, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday: Lent is a journey from slavery to freedom

The 40 days of Lent are an opportunity to turn from the slavery of sin to the freedom found in... Read more

A pupil from Holy Cross Girls' School with a soldier from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

‘Somebody has to make a big move’: Catholic priest who walked Belfast gauntlet on reconciliation

On Sept. 3, 2001, Fr. Aidan Troy set off with a group of children in the Ardoyne district of north... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Maputo, Mozambique Sept. 6, 2019.

Pray for your enemies, Pope Francis tells Mozambican Catholics

Jesus calls his followers to a high standard – to forgive their enemies, to pray for those who have hurt... Read more

Francis: Let us restore Confession ‘to the place it deserves’ in Catholic life

Pope Francis called for the Sacrament of Confession to be elevated in the pastoral life of the Church during a... Read more

Pope Francis leads a Penitential Celebration in St. Peter's Basilica on March 9, 2018.

Pope Francis: We abandon God through sin, but he never abandons us

At his annual Lenten penitential service on Friday, Pope Francis said that it is not God who abandons us when... Read more

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What to do if you're too ashamed to go to Confession

While Reconciliation is intended to allow Christ’s victory to overcome sin in our lives, what happens when shame over one’s... Read more

Priest's hospital room mix-up allows dying woman to receive sacraments

Shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve, Fr. Gregorio Hidalgo went to a hospital to give Communion to a patient.... Read more

Cardinal Parolin: Iraqi Christians are called to be 'artisans' of reconciliation

During a conference on rebuilding Christian villages on the Plains of Nineveh, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said... Read more

New Mexico bishop takes charge in fighting sex abuse, healing wounds

The Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico added three names earlier this year to its list of workers against whom there... Read more

Pope Francis at the penitential liturgy, March 17, 2017.

Confession must be a pastoral priority, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis told priests Friday to make confession a priority in their parishes, and, if they want to be good... Read more

Archbishop Leo Cushley (C) demonstrates The Catholic App in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 22, 2016.

Trying to find confession times? In Scotland, there's an app for that

Need to find confession nearby at the drop of a dime? There’s an app for that.  Read more

Pope Francis gives absolution in St. Peter's Square, April 23, 2016.

Pope Francis: Confession is encounter with God's 're-creating mercy'

Pope Francis commended the sacrament of confession as the prime means of encountering God's mercy in his message sent Monday... Read more

Pope Francis greets members of the military, armed forces and firefighters during his Jubilee general audience April 30, 2016.

Let yourselves be reconciled with God, Pope Francis says

Reconciliation is an essential aspect of God’s mercy, Pope Francis said Saturday, explaining that when we distance ourselves from the... Read more

Pope Francis listens to confessions on July 26, 2013 during World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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

Priests who are good confessors must recognize their own sins in order to forgive and comfort penitents, Pope Francis said... Read more

Pope Francis goes to Confession during a penitential celebration at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014.

All the faithful can receive God's love in confession – Pope Francis

God's love is offered to everyone who goes to the sacrament of confession, Pope Francis said in his new book... Read more

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

In the South American nation of Colombia – where an estimated 70 percent of the population identifies as Catholic –... Read more

Journalist blasted for lying in confessional, recording priests' answers

The confessional is one of the most private and privileged places in the world. So when an Italian journalist violated... Read more

Displaced persons in Central African Republic received aid from CRS, May, 2014.

In Central African Republic, Catholics reach out to Muslim ex-rebels

The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic continues to work for peace and reconciliation within the country, with its... Read more

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

Speaking about the “right to forget” sins after confessing them, a Vatican official stressed that God’s mercy truly frees us... Read more

Pope Francis receives the sacrament of Confession at the penance service held at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014.

Churches answer Pope's call for 24 hours of Confession

As many dioceses the world over begin to offer special round-the clock periods of Confession, Pope Francis stressed that conversion... Read more