Jubilee Year of Mercy

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


Pope Francis Clears Path to Sainthood for Mother Teresa

Pope Francis has officially recognized the second miracle of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, clearing the way for her canonization, which will reportedly take place on September 4, 2016, as a major event of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

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Pope Francis: Forgiving Is ‘What God Likes Best’

After officially kicking off the Jubilee Year Tuesday, Pope Francis addressed crowds on Wednesday, telling them that the purpose of a Holy Year is to “live mercy” and that what God likes best is “forgiving his children.”

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Police Raid Refugee Center, Arrest 27 Undocumented Migrants

In a surprise early morning police raid Tuesday, some 60 Italian cops in riot gear, accompanied by police dogs, entered a refugee welcome centre in Rome asking to see the papers of those staying there, and arrested 27 undocumented individuals from Maghreb,

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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.