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Josephine Bakhita.

Pope Francis highlights St. Josephine Bakhita’s example of forgiveness

Oct 11, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

The Sudanese-Italian saint’s life story is “an existential parable of forgiveness,” the pope said Wednesday. Read more

Pope Francis speaks during his Angelus address on Sept. 17, 2023.

Pope Francis: Forgiveness is the cure that heals ‘the poisons of resentment’

Sep 17, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In his Angelus, the pope said forgiving is “not a good deed that we can choose to do or not... Read more

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on Jan. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis: To stay with Jesus requires the courage to leave our sins

Jan 22, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Following Jesus “means giving up the time wasted on so many useless things,” the pope said. Read more

Fr. Marcel Uwineza was only 14 years old when he witnessed the painful experience of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. He saw his father, mother, two brothers, and a sister murdered during the civil war between the Tutsis and Hutus.

Rwandan priest forgives his family’s killer: ‘We shared a drink and we were shedding tears’

Jan 17, 2023

By Jude Atemanke

Father Uwineza said he was “invaded by something higher than him. It’s something we can’t forgive on our own. ...... Read more

A painting of St. Maria Goretti by Giuseppe Brovelli-Soffredini

St. Maria Goretti: Remembering one of the youngest Catholic saints

Jul 5, 2022

By Maisy Sullivan

Catholics worldwide celebrate the feast day of one of the youngest saints on July 6: St. Maria Goretti. Read more

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday 2022

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday 2022: In war, Christ is crucified again

Apr 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis reflected on Jesus’ words: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Read more

Pope Francis at the Sunday Angelus March 27 2022

Let’s learn to rejoice like the father of the Prodigal Son, Pope Francis says

Mar 27, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

"God is a Father who not only welcomes us back, but rejoices and throws a feast for his son who... Read more

Pope Francis gives his apostolic blessing at the end of the general audience March 18, 2020.

Everyone is in debt to God's mercy, Pope Francis says

Mar 18, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Showing and receiving God’s mercy are central aspects of Christian life – and everyone is in debt to God for... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Casa Santa Marta March 13, 2020.

Pope Francis prays for elderly, alone and scared during coronavirus pandemic

Mar 17, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis prayed Tuesday for the elderly, who are suffering from isolation, loneliness, and fear during the coronavirus pandemic.  Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address Jan. 1, 2020.

Pope Francis apologizes for losing patience with woman who grabbed him

Jan 1, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis apologized Wednesday for losing his patience with a woman who grabbed his arm in St. Peter’s Square on... Read more

José Ángel Divassón Cilveti speaks at an Amazon synod press conference at the Vatican Oct. 14, 2019.

Amazon Synod bishop: The Gospel brings new concepts to cultures, like forgiveness

Oct 14, 2019

By Courtney Mares

While the Vatican’s Synod of Bishop on the Amazon discusses the idea of “inculturating” the Gospel’s proclamation with local culture,... Read more

Pope Francis hears confessions at St. John Lateran in Rome March 2, 2017.

Pope Francis: God forgets our sins after confession

Sep 15, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Sunday that God forgets sins absolved within the confessional.  Read more

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

Pray for your enemies, Pope Francis tells Mozambican Catholics

Sep 6, 2019

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

Confessional.

'Freedom to forgive' - How one man abused by a priest found healing

Aug 1, 2019

By Ed Condon

After decades, how one victim of clerical sexual abuse found healing, through forgiveness.  Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul June 29, 2019.

Saints Peter and Paul witness to the power of God’s forgiveness, pope says

Jun 29, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Saturday that Saints Peter and Paul are both witnesses to the transformative power of God’s forgiveness through... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square May 15, 2019.

Pope: Christ's love helps us love those 'on the other side'

May 19, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The boundless love with which Jesus Christ loves each and every person is the same love Catholics are compelled to... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience April 20, 2016.

Pope Francis: To stop evil, give more love than required

Apr 24, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

To stop the spread of evil in the world, Catholics must go above and beyond, loving and forgiving others even... Read more

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

Mar 29, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Pope Francis makes the Sign of the Cross April 18, 2018.

Pope Francis: Advent demands conversion, recognizing our mistakes

Dec 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

“To prepare the way for the Lord who comes, it is necessary to take into account the demands of conversion,”... Read more

Lenten campaign invites fallen-away Catholics back to confession

Mar 22, 2018

Through an annual initiative called “The light is on for you,” dioceses throughout the U.S. have opened their doors to... Read more