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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

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

Rebecca Bitrus.

Former Boko Haram captive shares harrowing tale of faith, forgiveness

Feb 26, 2018

By Elise Harris

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


What to do if you're too ashamed to go to Confession

Feb 22, 2018

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.

Oct 3, 2017

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

Sep 17, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Aug 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Apr 18, 2017

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

Pope Francis meets victims of the Dhaka Cafe attack in Vatican City, Feb. 22, 2017.

Pope meets families of victims from deadly Bangladesh attack

Feb 22, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis met Wednesday morning with the families of nine of the victims of a terrorist attack which took place... Read more

Daniel Pittet. Photo courtesy of Mondadori Publishers.

Pope lauds 'courageous' witness of abuse victim who forgave

Feb 14, 2017

By Elise Harris

In his preface for a book written by a survivor of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis once again lamented the... Read more

Officer Steven McDonald.

New York police officer remembered for his example of mercy

Jan 17, 2017

Thousands gathered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Friday to commemorate and mourn the loss of Officer... Read more

Jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square with Pope Francis on Nov. 12, 2016.

Pope Francis: Don't whitewash your sins – let God heal you

Dec 5, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

As Christmas approaches, don't downplay your sins, Pope Francis said. Instead, name them honestly in the Sacrament of Confession, open... Read more

Supreme Knight Dr. Carl A. Anderson address the 129th Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention during the States Dinner.

Carl Anderson: Christian forgiveness is the path to Middle East peace

Oct 14, 2016

Christianity is at a crossroads in the Middle East, and only a dedicated campaign of aid and activism can help... Read more


Detroit Mass highlights need to recognize sin in order to enjoy mercy

Oct 11, 2016

Seeking God’s forgiveness for generations of failures in the Church, the Archdiocese of Detroit held a Mass of Pardon asking... Read more

Pope Francis greets survivors of the Nice, France terrorist attack during an audience at the Vatican on Sept. 24, 2016.

Love can be only response to evil, Pope tells attack survivors

Sep 24, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis met with survivors of the Nice, France terrorist attack on Saturday, urging them to respond with forgiveness and... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his Aug. 31 2016, general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Have the courage to ask for forgiveness, Pope Francis says

Aug 31, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis stressed the importance of having the courage to recognize our sins and ask God for forgiveness,... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Porziuncola in Assisi on Aug. 4, 2016.

Practicing forgiveness is our 'direct route' to heaven, Pope says

Aug 4, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

The path to heaven is through forgiveness and pardon of those who have offended us, just as we have received... Read more

The body of Saint Maria Goretti is venerated by the faithful at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Photo by George Martell/Archdioese of Boston via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0).

Saint Maria Goretti calls us to be 'witnesses of forgiveness'

Jul 6, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis has marked the feast of the young martyr St. Maria Goretti by calling the faithful to follow her... Read more


We must forgive: a bishop's message after a horrendous Nigerian massacre

Jun 21, 2016

After the sorrow of an April massacre in southeastern Nigeria, a Catholic bishop said the killers of dozens of people... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Dec. 16, 2015.

How Pope Francis changed the life of a California teen inmate

Mar 5, 2016

When a juvenile inmate in a California prison wrote to Pope Francis, he did not expect a response.   Read more