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Pope Francis gives his Angelus address on Oct. 24, 2021.

Pope Francis appeals that migrants not be sent back to unsafe countries

Oct 24, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called on the international community to stop deporting migrants to unsafe countries. Read more

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

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

Mar 12, 2021

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

Mar 30, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

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 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 in St. Peter's Square March 20, 2019.

Pope Francis tells Catholics not to abuse God's mercy

Mar 24, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Nov 21, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Apr 10, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

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

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

Jul 8, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Mar 31, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

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

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

Nov 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

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

Nov 29, 2016

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

Nov 3, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Crucifix.

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

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

Oct 4, 2016

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

Sep 7, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

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'

Sep 3, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jul 30, 2016

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