Cardinal Mauro Piacenza

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Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary. Credit: PersiGianluigi (public domain).).

Vatican cardinal reflects on the value of penance in a time of pandemic

Feb 22, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The penance called for in the Christian life, and accentuated during Lent, can help us make sense of the sacrifices... Read more

Cardinal Piacenza, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, celebrates Mass Nov. 1, 2020, at Rome’s Shrine of Our Lady of the Third Millennium at Tre Fontane.

Vatican cardinal marks 70 years since proclamation of dogma of the Assumption

Nov 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Catholics in Rome marked the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Assumption Sunday with a solemn... Read more

Vatican Major Penitentiary: Mercy does not cease amid coronavirus

Apr 6, 2020

In an Easter letter to confessors on Saturday, the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary wrote that while 'social distancing' is... Read more

Purple stole and confessional.

Coronavirus may cause 'grave necessity' for general absolution, Vatican says

Mar 20, 2020

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, has said that the coronavirus pandemic may justify the use of general... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica from the keyhole on Aventino Hill, Rome Italy. Via Shutterstock

Analysis: Vatican calls for trust, Catholics wait for transparency

Jul 5, 2019

By Ed Condon

In the debate between bishops and the faithful, both sides accept the need for transparency but have very different understandings of the word.  Read more