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Purple stole and confessional.

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

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

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'

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

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

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