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Tisha B’Av and the Nasty Republican Civil War

It is difficult, at this point, to say who started the it. What you believe probably depends on whom you support. One thing is quite certain: our leaders made it worse.

A priest hears confession from Pope Francis during a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this March 28, 2014, file photo. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) See VATICAN-LETTER-CONFESSION March 3, 2016.

Pope Francis Confesses His Own Sins Before Absolving Others

To kick off a global 24-hour “confession drive,” Pope Francis went to confess his own sins on Friday before moving to the other side of the confessional screen to hear the confessions of other penitents. In an address Friday to

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Pope Francis Praises Single Mother for Not Aborting Her Children

In his online media event with groups of Americans in three cities earlier this week, Pope Francis congratulated a single mother on her decision to give birth to two daughters, telling her to hold her head high and not be ashamed.

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Media Misread Pope Francis as Softening on Abortion

On Tuesday, the Vatican released a letter from Pope Francis on the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, in which the Pope gives all Catholic priests the power to grant absolution to women who repent of the sin of abortion.

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Charleston Forgiveness Was Christian, Not Racial

For those without faith, Michael Wear acknowledges, this may make little sense, especially for those who have never personally experienced the forgiveness of God. “But that does not grant us the right to whitewash the motivation for the forgiveness we witnessed in Charleston,” he said. We need to “take the family members seriously when they say it is a sincere, thought-out expression of their faith,” he wrote.

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‘It’s God’s Job to Forgive,’ Says Pope

When God forgives, “he throws a party,” said Pope Francis this morning. “It’s God’s job to forgive,” he added, “and it’s a beautiful job.” The Pope has started celebrating his daily Masses at his residence in the Casa Santa Marta