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Penitential celebration with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica on March 4, 2016.

God did not create us to remain crushed by sin, Pope says

Mar 4, 2016

By Elise Harris

Leading his annual penitential service on Friday, Pope Francis told attendees to stand tall and be open to forgiveness, and... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Feb 18.

Let God's forgiveness heal your heart, Pope Francis says after Christmas

Dec 26, 2015

For Pope Francis, the path forward from Christmas can be found in the martyrdom of St. Stephen, especially in his... Read more

Pope Francis with a family on June 14, 2015 in St. Peter's Square.

Forgiveness in family has power to rebuild society, Pope says

Nov 4, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Delivering his Wednesday general audience address a little more than a week after the close of the Synod on the... Read more

Bishop James D. Conley prays with brother bishops at his installation as the ninth bishop of Lincoln, Neb.

After break-in, Bishop Conley prays for burglar's conversion

Oct 13, 2015

When Bishop James Conley's residence in Lincoln, Nebraska was invaded and burglarized this weekend, he offered a message of forgiveness... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on his way back from Strasbourg, Nov. 25, 2014.

I can forgive an abuser, but understand those who can't, Pope says

Sep 28, 2015

By Ann Schneible

In his wide-ranging press briefing en route from the United States to Rome, Pope Francis spoke on the difficult subject... Read more

'The right to forget': sins are left behind in the confessional

Nov 17, 2014

Speaking about the “right to forget” sins after confessing them, a Vatican official stressed that God’s mercy truly frees us... Read more

Body of Saint Maria Goretti in the basilica of Nottuno, Italy.

Maria Goretti's greatest witness is forgiveness, priest observes

Jul 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

Following St. Maria Goretti’s feast day, the rector of the basilica where her body resides stated that her willingness to... Read more

Pope Francis prays in the Lourdes Grotto of the Vatican Gardens on May 31, 2014.

Jesus' wounds are the price of forgiveness, says Pope

Jun 1, 2014

Pope Francis focused his Angelus message today on the saving power of Jesus’ redemption, explaining that the risen Christ who... Read more

Pope Francis took part in a Penitential service at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014

Christianity is more than a survival guide, Pope insists

Apr 8, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily Pope Francis focused on how Jesus heals our sin with the Cross, and emphasizing that Christianity... Read more

Rwanda genocide survivor Viviane N'Habimana (L) stands in a gesture of solidarity with Boniface Hakizimana, the man who killed her husband.

Twenty years after genocide, Church helps Rwanda heal

Apr 7, 2014

By Michelle La Rosa

Boniface Hakizimana lives in a rural area of Southern Rwanda. He lives peacefully with the widow next door, Viviane N'Habimana.... Read more


Brother of murdered man cites faith, forgives killer

Sep 18, 2013

Pointing to his faith in Christ and reliance on the mercy of God, a man in Argentina has voiced public... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square after Mass on April 28, 2013.

Forgiveness is the 'joy of God,' Pope says

Sep 15, 2013

In his Sunday Angelus, the Holy Father said the “joy of God” is ultimately found in pardoning another for his... Read more


Pope Francis calls, consoles Italian man after brother's murder

Aug 12, 2013

An Italian man who has struggled to forgive God after the murder of his brother recently received a personal phone... Read more

Pope Francis leads the Bishops of Italy in a solemn Profession of Faith in St. Peter's Basilica for their 65th General Assembly May 23, 2013.

Pope: it's wrong to think our enemies must go to hell

Jun 20, 2013

Pope Francis stressed that it's false to think our enemies “must go to hell” during his daily Mass at the... Read more


Mass for Chavez in Rome described as act of Christian love

Mar 14, 2013

A Venezuelan priest who concelebrated a Mass in Rome for the repose of the soul of President Hugo Chavez said... Read more


Priest conceived in rape recounts journey to forgive father

Feb 18, 2013

A priest who was conceived in rape when his mother was only 13 years old is sharing the story of... Read more

Fr. Martin Lally, pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church speaks during Mass on July 22, 2012.

God draws greater good from evil acts, Aurora priest says at funeral

Jul 27, 2012

By Kate Veik

In his funeral homily for a parishioner killed in the July 20 shooting in Aurora, Father Martin Lally said God... Read more

Arturo Martinez-Sanchez reads a statement at the press conference with one of his sons. Photo used with permission.

Catholic faith moves man to forgiveness after murder of wife and daughter

Jul 18, 2012

Arturo Martinez-Sanchez says he had no choice but to forgive the man suspected of sexually assaulting and killing his wife... Read more