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

Pope Francis: Going to confession is 'abandoning oneself to Love'

Pope Francis said Friday that going to confession is an act of “abandoning oneself to Love,” allowing the God of... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta on March 30, 2020.

Pope Francis: Trust in the mercy and justice of God

Pope Francis said Monday that the Church can trust in the mercy and justice of God.  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

Showing and receiving God’s mercy are central aspects of Christian life – and everyone is in debt to God for... 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 in St. Peter's Square March 20, 2019.

Pope Francis tells Catholics not to abuse God's mercy

The mercy of God is not an invitation to “spiritual laziness,” but requires a sincere and prompt response from those... Read more

Pope Francis, Nov. 14, 2018.

Pope Francis: God alone can heal the wounds of sin

People need the mercy of God and the healing of the Holy Spirit to root out the sin in their... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to participants from the Economy of Communion in Vatican City, Feb. 6, 2017.

Pope Francis: We experience God's mercy before we share it

Speaking to nearly 600 Missionaries of Mercy on Tuesday, Pope Francis said that to be “collaborators of mercy” with the... 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

Pope Francis celebrates a private Mass with Vatican maintenance staff on July 7, 2017.

Pope to maintenance staff: We are all sinners, but Jesus heals us

On Friday Pope Francis said that just like the biblical tax collectors, despite our sinfulness, Jesus seeks us out to... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, March 16, 2016.

Pope Francis makes surprise 'Year of Mercy'-style visit

Although the Jubilee Year of Mercy has officially ended, Pope Francis today made a surprise “Mercy Friday” visit to a... Read more

Officer Steven McDonald.

New York police officer remembered for his example of mercy

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

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his Nov. 30, 2016, general audience in the Paul VI Hall.

We have to pray for both the living and the dead, Pope Francis says

In his last set of catechesis on mercy, Pope Francis focused on the works of praying for the living and... Read more

Nigerian Catholics reflect on mercy: God never fails to forgive

As the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy came to a close, a gathering of Nigerians took the time to reflect... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope calls on religions to condemn acts of terrorism, violence

Pope Francis spoke to representatives of different religions Thursday, telling them that acts of terrorism and violence must be very... Read more


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

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

How to live out the Year of Mercy, according to this English bishop

What is the proper Catholic response to the Jubilee Year of Mercy? Put simply, the answer is “action,” Bishop Richard... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 7, 2016.

Pope Francis: Don't use God to defend your own interests

On Wednesday, Pope Francis warned against making Jesus into the person we want him to be, and thus creating obstacles... Read more

Sister Sally speaks at the Jubilee for Workers of Mercy and Volunteers.

Only sister to survive Yemen attack: despite danger, 'we chose to stay'

A year before a March 4 attack killed four sisters, the Missionaries of Charity opted not to leave, but to... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to youth outside of Krakow's St. John Paul II Shrine, July 30, 2016.

God prefers us weak, Pope Francis says off-the-cuff to youth

The weaker we are, the more God's mercy can transform our lives. Pope Francis made these impromptu remarks on Saturday... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his June 30, 2016 Jubilee general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Mercy without works is dead, Pope Francis says

In his Jubilee general audience for the month of June, Pope Francis focused his speech on the works of mercy... Read more