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Pope Francis addresses members of the Apostolic Penitentiary on March 8, 2024, in the Clementine Hall in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: The heart of repentance is God’s ‘infinite love,’ ‘boundless mercy’

Mar 8, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“Repentance is neither the fruit of self-analysis, nor of a psychic sense of guilt,” the pope said. Read more

Pope Francis presides over a penitential service at St. Pius V Parish in Rome on March 8, 2024.

‘God never tires of forgiving’: Pope Francis hears confessions at Roman parish

Mar 8, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Choosing the theme “Walking in the New Life,” the pope stressed that the Lenten journey is a moment of interior... Read more

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza.

How to bring peace to the world? Start with sacramental confession, cardinal says

Oct 31, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

We can take hope in the reconciliation, mercy, and peace of Christ in confession, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza said in a... Read more

Francisco Velarde, a 21-year-old Spaniard, was one of the young people who had the privilege of going to confession with Pope Francis on Friday, Aug. 4, at World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal.

Young man after confession with the pope: ‘I told him the sins that pain me the most’

The 21-year-old Spaniard told ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner, the details of what he considers “the confession of my... Read more

Pope Francis hears the confession of a young pilgrim at World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 4, 2023.

Pope Francis hears young people’s confessions in Lisbon

Aug 4, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis on Friday heard the confessions of three young people in the Jardim Vasco da Gama, renamed Reconciliation Park... Read more

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Catholics, are you going to confession? Watch for these changes

Feb 23, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The “essential words” of the priest’s absolution formula have not been changed, but there are “two minor modifications to the... Read more

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An expert answers 6 common reasons for not going to confession

Oct 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Monsignor Krzysztof Nykiel is regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, the office of the Roman Curia responsible for issues related to... Read more

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The prayer of absolution will change for US Catholics in 2023. Here’s how

Jun 10, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The changes are subtle, and the essential formula will stay the same. Read more

Relatives of those killed during the Ballymurphy massacre demonstrate in Dublin, Ireland, Jan. 30, 2014. Credit: Sinn Féin via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

After decades, Northern Ireland inquest recognizes victims of Ballymurphy Massacre

May 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Catholic priest, a mother of eight, and at least seven other civilians were wrongly killed by British soldiers in... Read more

Pope Francis says Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Feb. 17, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday: Lent is a journey from slavery to freedom

Feb 17, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The 40 days of Lent are an opportunity to turn from the slavery of sin to the freedom found in... Read more

A pupil from Holy Cross Girls' School with a soldier from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

‘Somebody has to make a big move’: Catholic priest who walked Belfast gauntlet on reconciliation

Sep 5, 2020

On Sept. 3, 2001, Fr. Aidan Troy set off with a group of children in the Ardoyne district of north... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Maputo, Mozambique Sept. 6, 2019.

Pray for your enemies, Pope Francis tells Mozambican Catholics

Sep 6, 2019

Jesus calls his followers to a high standard – to forgive their enemies, to pray for those who have hurt... Read more

Francis: Let us restore Confession ‘to the place it deserves’ in Catholic life

Mar 29, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called for the Sacrament of Confession to be elevated in the pastoral life of the Church during a... 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

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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

Priest's hospital room mix-up allows dying woman to receive sacraments

Jan 6, 2018

Shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve, Fr. Gregorio Hidalgo went to a hospital to give Communion to a patient.... Read more

Cardinal Parolin: Iraqi Christians are called to be 'artisans' of reconciliation

Sep 28, 2017

By Elise Harris

During a conference on rebuilding Christian villages on the Plains of Nineveh, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said... Read more

New Mexico bishop takes charge in fighting sex abuse, healing wounds

Jun 29, 2017

By Carl Bunderson

The Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico added three names earlier this year to its list of workers against whom there... Read more

Pope Francis at the penitential liturgy, March 17, 2017.

Confession must be a pastoral priority, Pope Francis says

Mar 17, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis told priests Friday to make confession a priority in their parishes, and, if they want to be good... Read more

Archbishop Leo Cushley (C) demonstrates The Catholic App in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 22, 2016.

Trying to find confession times? In Scotland, there's an app for that

Dec 23, 2016

Need to find confession nearby at the drop of a dime? There’s an app for that.  Read more