The sacrament of confession and the ancient practice of indulgences are closely linked, the cardinal said, and they both are signs and builders of communion.
Confession, indulgences express and strengthen communion, speakers say
Woman enraged by killing of relative forgives murderer, gives him proper funeral
Page Zyromski remembered how God had challenged her to forgive Stephen Todd Booker, who brutally murdered her great-aunt in 1977.
Pope, in Congo, calls for an ‘amnesty of the heart’ to build peace
In a country where most people are Christian and all are suffering from decades of violence and atrocities, Pope Francis told the Congolese to lay down their weapons and their rancor.
After ‘renewing’ SEEK23, missionaries are sharing fruits with others
SEEK23 boasted approximately 19,000 registrants, many of whom have since returned to their parishes and college campuses to spread the Gospel.
An unforgettable story of forgiveness
“Rachel publicly forgave her son’s killers before his body had even been found. And it’s that act of forgiveness that has gone on to change life after life in the 20 years since.”
Laura Kelly Fanucci: When reentry is rocky
“Even happy reunions can bring ordinary obstacles as we struggle with the shifting dynamics within families and the stress brought by homecomings.”
‘Forgive me, father’: Vatican seminar looks at why people avoid confession
Msgr. Krzysztof Nykiel, regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, gives a rundown of the most common “good” reasons people give for not going to confession, followed by a faith-based response to each objection.
Without forgiveness, humility, pope says, then injustice, wars will rage
Pope Francis opened the basilica’s holy door as part of the annual penitential rite and was the first pope to do so since 1294. He also prayed before the relics of St. Celestine, whose tomb lies inside the basilica.