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Lenten campaign invites fallen-away Catholics back to confession

Mar 22, 2018

Through an annual initiative called “The light is on for you,” dioceses throughout the U.S. have opened their doors to... 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 goes to Confession during a penitential celebration at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014.

Are you intimidated by confession? Don't be, Pope Francis says

Feb 27, 2018

During the penitential season of Lent, Pope Francis pointed to confession as the means to true conversion, saying the faithful... Read more


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

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for the general audience Sept. 21, 2016.

Pope Francis: Sin separates us from both God and neighbor

Jan 3, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday, Pope Francis emphasized how sin breaks our relationship with God and with our community, which is why at... Read more

What can priests practically do to combat the porn epidemic?

Dec 19, 2017

By Mary Farrow

Online pornography is one of the fastest growing addictions in the United States, on par with cocaine and gambling.  Read more

Catholic Church in Australia commits to ensuring justice for sex abuse victims

Dec 15, 2017

In a wide-ranging report released Friday, Australia’s royal commission found serious failings in the protection of children from abuse in... Read more


Australian priest rips confession proposal as government 'intrusion'

Aug 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

An Australian priest has called the Royal Commission's recent proposal to enforce law requiring that clergy face criminal charges if... Read more

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

Pope Francis goes to confession

Mar 17, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

At the end of his annual Lenten penitential service on Friday, Pope Francis was the first to go to the... Read more

Jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square with Pope Francis on Nov. 12, 2016.

Pope Francis: Don't whitewash your sins – let God heal you

Dec 5, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

As Christmas approaches, don't downplay your sins, Pope Francis said. Instead, name them honestly in the Sacrament of Confession, open... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for a Jubilee audience on November 12, 2016.

Prepare for Christmas by conversion, Pope tells Advent Angelus crowd

Dec 4, 2016

The proclamation of John the Baptist to “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand” is a joyful one... Read more

Priests concelebrate with Pope Francis during the Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica March 24, 2016.

Pope extends Jubilee mandate on abortion, SSPX confession

Nov 21, 2016

Although the Jubilee of Mercy has ended, Pope Francis has decided that some of the novelties he applied in the... Read more

Colombian Confess-a-thon at a Bogota Mall.

'Confess-a-thon' returns to Colombian mall, draws 120 priests

Oct 22, 2016

For two days this week, a shopping mall in Bogota, Colombia was transformed into a “Confess-a-thon,” as 120 priests administered... Read more


Louisiana court upholds priest's 'seal of confession' rights

Aug 3, 2016

A state appeals court in Louisiana reaffirmed that Catholic priests cannot be forced by law to violate the seal of... Read more

Pope Francis greets members of the military, armed forces and firefighters during his Jubilee general audience April 30, 2016.

Let yourselves be reconciled with God, Pope Francis says

Apr 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

Reconciliation is an essential aspect of God’s mercy, Pope Francis said Saturday, explaining that when we distance ourselves from the... Read more

Pope Francis hears confessions of teenagers in St. Peter's Square.

Pope hears confessions at Jubilee event for teens

Apr 23, 2016

Pope Francis on Saturday heard the confessions of young people in St. Peter's Square as part of this weekend's Jubilee... Read more

Penitential celebration with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica on March 4, 2016.

God did not create us to remain crushed by sin, Pope says

Mar 4, 2016

By Elise Harris

Leading his annual penitential service on Friday, Pope Francis told attendees to stand tall and be open to forgiveness, and... Read more

Friar Roberto.

This 95-year-old priest walked three miles while hearing confessions

Mar 3, 2016

A 95-year-old priest named Friar Roberto walked more than three-and-a-half miles while hearing confessions during a recent “Penitential Walk” in... Read more

Pope Francis goes to confession as part of a penitential Mass at St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 28, 2014.

Pope Francis will hear confessions on Friday at St. Peter's

Mar 2, 2016

The office of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations has announced that Pope Francis will hear confessions from the faithful at St. Peter’s... Read more

Why this diocese is holding a 24 hour confess-a-thon

Feb 24, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

Priests will be available for confession throughout a special 24-hour period in the Diocese of Bismarck to help celebrate the... Read more