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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 goes to Confession during a penitential celebration at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014.

Pope Francis prays for a renewal of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of March is for a renewed experience of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Read more

Queensland passes law requiring priests to break confessional seal

The legislature of the Australian state of Queensland on Tuesday passed a law requiring priests to violate the seal of... Read more

Holy See upholds confessional seal in response to Australian royal commission

The Australian bishops have provided the federal government with the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations of a 2017 report... Read more

Vatican Major Penitentiary: Mercy does not cease amid coronavirus

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

Image of a confessional.

Can I confess? Or be anointed? Here’s what’s suspended -or not- in your diocese

Many bishops have now also taken steps to limit or suspend access to the sacraments due to the coronavirus. Here’s... Read more


Can't go to confession during coronavirus? Consider an 'act of perfect contrition'

What is an act of perfect contrition, and how does it work? A CNA Explainer.      Read more

Confession on Divine Mercy Sunday in St. Peter's Square, April 3, 2016.

Peruvian bishop rescinds permission for confession by phone

A Peruvian bishop has rescinded permission for priests of his diocese to hear confessions by telephone, just five days after... Read more

Pope Francis prays in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta March 16, 2020.

'Return home' through the sacrament of confession, Pope Francis urges

Pope Francis spoke Friday about the importance of returning to God, the loving Father, in the sacrament of reconciliation.  Read more

Fr. David Burgard participates in "Priests in the Park."

Confession by phone, Skype, or emoji? Could it happen during coronavirus pandemic?

As much of the world faces quarantines, social distancing, and “shelter in place” orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, Catholics have... Read more

Fr. Douglas Dietrich prepares to hear confessions at his office window, at St. Mary's Parish in Lincoln, Neb.

‘Bless me, Father - but from 6 feet away!’ Coronavirus and confession

Demand for confessions at St. Mary’s in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, has always been high: it’s a centrally-located church with convenient,... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta.

Pope Francis' morning Mass livestreamed this week

Pope Francis’ daily morning Mass, offered in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican guesthouse where he lives, is... Read more

Johnny Mercer MP, Minister for Defense.

UK Defense minister apologizes for chaplains ‘outing’ gay servicemen

U.K. Minister of Defense Johnny Mercer has issued an apology to lesbian, gay, and bisexual servicemembers who were reportedly outed... Read more

Vatican official highlights confession on All Saints, All Souls Day

It is fitting for Catholics to go to confession on All Saints Day and All Souls Day, and to pray... 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


'Freedom to forgive' - How one man abused by a priest found healing

After decades, how one victim of clerical sexual abuse found healing, through forgiveness.  Read more

California Capitol Building.

California confession law dropped

A California bill that would have required priests to violate the seal of confession has been withdrawn by its sponsor... Read more

Fr. David Burgard participates in "Priests in the Park."

'Priests in the Park' offer public witness of confession, Catholicism in Michigan

Dog walkers, bike riders, joggers, and Catholics priests hearing confession - most of these things you can find in any... Read more

Costa Rica considers bill threatening seal of confession

A bill in Costa Rica would require Catholic priests to violate the seal of confession to report cases of suspected... Read more


California confession bill amended, but still would require priests to violate seal

California’s state senate will vote on a bill that would require priests to violate the seal of confession in certain... Read more