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Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta.

Pope Francis' morning Mass livestreamed this week

Mar 9, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jan 14, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

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

Oct 31, 2019

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

Sep 15, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Aug 1, 2019

By Ed Condon

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

California Capitol Building.

California confession law dropped

Jul 9, 2019

A California bill that would have required priests to violate the seal of confession has been withdrawn by its sponsor...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

Jul 3, 2019

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

Jun 8, 2019

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

May 20, 2019

By JD Flynn

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

California Capitol Building.

California confession bill won't stop abuse, but threatens religious liberty, critics say

May 15, 2019

The appropriations committee of California’s state senate will hold a hearing Thursday on a bill that would require priests to... Read more

Dominican priest: California confession bill threatens all religions

Apr 29, 2019

If California moves forward with its proposed law trying to force priests to violate the seal of Confession, it is... 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

Inmates construct confessionals for the 2019 World Youth Day.

Inmates building 250 confessionals for 2019 World Youth Day

Dec 22, 2018

Inmates from La Joya and Nueva Joya prisons have begun the construction of 250 confessionals to be used in the... Read more

The flag of Australia.

Australian PM promises bill to protect against religious discrimination

Dec 13, 2018

Amid competing claims of religious freedom rights and LBGT rights, the Australian prime minister said Thursday the government will next... Read more

Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City. Photo: David Ramos/CNA

Advent confessions 'marathon' to be held at Mexico City cathedral

Dec 6, 2018

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City will host on Dec. 7 a “Day of Forgiveness,” in which for 10 consecutive... Read more

Pope Francis speaks in the Kaunas Cathedral Sept. 23, 2018.

In Lithuania, Francis tells priests to hear their people's cries

Sep 23, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis told priests and religious in Lithuania Sunday to listen to the cries of suffering that come from the... Read more

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

How one priest is bringing Jesus to the most dangerous city in the US

Aug 2, 2018

With the highest per-capita homicide rate in the nation, Baltimore has been called the most dangerous city in America -... Read more


Indian cardinal: Proposed confession ban is 'absurd,' unconstitutional

Aug 1, 2018

A proposed ban on the sacrament of confession suggested by a government body in India was slammed by Catholic leaders... Read more

Australian bishop protests law requiring priests to break seal of confession

Jun 9, 2018

A new law in Australia will require Catholic priests in Canberra to break the seal of confession to report child... Read more

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

Remember the missionaries of mercy? Here's what they've been up to

Apr 6, 2018

By Elise Harris

Hundreds of Pope Francis' missionaries of mercy are gathering at the Vatican in coming days for formation and fellowship, for... Read more