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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

“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

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

Rebecca Bitrus.

Former Boko Haram captive shares harrowing tale of faith, forgiveness

Rebecca Bitrus, who was a prisoner with Boko Haram for two years, is a stark reminder that behind all the... Read more

Confessional.

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

Iraqi nun: We pray for ISIS militants. It helps us forgive.

Three years ago, there were 73 nuns with the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena living in Kurdistan. Since... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square on June 7, 2017.

Pope Francis: God’s love is shown in his forgiveness of our sins

On Sunday Pope Francis spoke about the limitless love of God, and how it leads him to forgive us time... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 22, 2015.

Pope Francis: Jesus went to the cross for sinners, not the perfect

On Wednesday Pope Francis said the Church doesn't exist for people without faults, but for sinners in need of God's... Read more

Family of Facebook murder victim: We forgive the killer

Mourning family members of a Cleveland man whose murder on Easter Sunday was posted online in a Facebook video said... Read more