The Sacrament of Penance, also called reconciliation or confession, is the means through which God grants pardon for sins.
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The Holy Father addressed about 800 priests and seminarians March 25 at the end of an annual course on the seal of confession and the internal forum.
‘An Invitation Into the Desert With the Lord’: Sister Miriam Heidland Offers a Fresh Perspective on Lent
Sister Miriam Heidland discusses her new book, which presents the penitential disciplines as powerful tools for healing relationships with God, with others, and with ourselves.
The gradual return to “normalcy” will be an opportunity to correct problems and abuses that have crept into the Church over the last 50 years.
Through a document approved by Pope Francis, the Vatican strongly expressed its opposition to legislation in California, Australia and elsewhere that would compel priests to break the seal.
In response to pending bill requiring Catholic priests to report child sex abuse learned about through the sacrament, priests insist on upholding sacred trust.
The pope emeritus says the modern person ‘is waiting for mercy.’