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Pope Francis greets the elderly priest-residents of Casa San Gaetano in Rome on June 17, 2016.

Vatican offers plenary indulgence for visiting the elderly on Grandparents’ Day

May 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

The 2nd World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will take place on July 24. Read more

Pope Francis goes to confession during a penance service in St. Peter's Basilica on March 25, 2022.

Pope Francis: In confession, the priest should guide penitent to holiness

Mar 26, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis spoke to around 800 priests and seminarians at the end of a course on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Read more

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

As Christmas approaches, priests should emphasize that confession can heal, cardinal says

Dec 11, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Sacramental confession has healing abilities that priests should especially emphasize to help bring God’s love and consolation to a world... Read more

Cardinale Zuppi prays at a cemetery in San Girolamo della Certosa.

Catholics can get an indulgence for the dead by praying at a cemetery any day this November

Oct 28, 2021

By Courtney Mares

A plenary indulgence remits all temporal punishment due to sin. Read more

Purple stole and confessional.

Coronavirus may cause 'grave necessity' for general absolution, Vatican says

Mar 20, 2020

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, has said that the coronavirus pandemic may justify the use of general... Read more

Confession booth in St. Peter's basilica in the Vatican. Via Shutterstock.

Seal of confession is an 'intrinsic requirement,' Vatican says

Jul 1, 2019

By Courtney Mares

The head of the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary released a note Monday reaffirming the inviolability of the... 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 at the penitential liturgy, March 17, 2017.

Confession must be a pastoral priority, Pope Francis says

Mar 17, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary, addressing a group of seminarians.

Joy of forgiving, being forgiven are 'united' in confessional

Mar 27, 2014

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, said sinners should not be afraid of the Sacrament of Confession because... Read more