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Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary. Credit: PersiGianluigi (public domain).).

Vatican cardinal reflects on the value of penance in a time of pandemic

Feb 22, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The penance called for in the Christian life, and accentuated during Lent, can help us make sense of the sacrifices... Read more

Costa Rica considers bill threatening seal of confession

Jun 8, 2019

A bill in Costa Rica would require Catholic priests to violate the seal of confession to report cases of suspected... Read more

Dominican priest: California confession bill threatens all religions

Apr 29, 2019

If California moves forward with its proposed law trying to force priests to violate the seal of Confession, it is... Read more

Pope Francis addresses participants in a course on the internal forum organized by the Apostlic Penitentiary at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, March 29, 2019.

Pope Francis: 'Sacramental confession is the way of sanctification'

Mar 29, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis told priests and seminarians Friday that the sacrament of penance is “the way of sanctification” in which miraculous... 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

Mar 9, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Dec 23, 2016

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

A victory for the seal of Confession in Louisiana

Nov 1, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Catholic priests do not have to break the seal of Confession to report the alleged abuse of minors, the Louisiana... Read more

Colombian Confess-a-thon at a Bogota Mall.

'Confess-a-thon' returns to Colombian mall, draws 120 priests

Oct 22, 2016

For two days this week, a shopping mall in Bogota, Colombia was transformed into a “Confess-a-thon,” as 120 priests administered... 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'

Aug 22, 2016

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 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

Jan 13, 2016

By Ann Schneible

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

Oct 14, 2015

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

Mar 13, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

World Youth Day pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro receiving the sacrament of Confesion.

New website encourages return to Confession during Lent

Mar 28, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

The website GoodConfession.com aims to encourage Catholics to go to Confession more often, and to return to the “life-changing” sacrament... Read more