Pope Francis presides over a penitential service at St. Pius V Parish in Rome on March 8, 2024. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

"God never tires of forgiving": Pope Francis Hears Confessions at Roman Parish

Mar 8, 2024

On Friday evening Pope Francis traveled out of the Vatican to hear confessions and preside over a penitential service at St. Pius V Parish in Rome.

Josephine Bakhita. | A.Currell via Flickr (CC BY NC 2.0)

Pope Francis Highlights St. Josephine Bakhita’s Example of Forgiveness

Oct 11, 2023

The Sudanese-Italian saint’s life story is “an existential parable of forgiveness,” the pope said Wednesday.

Pope Francis speaks during his Angelus address on Sept. 17, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Forgiveness is the Cure that Heals "the poisons of resentment"

Sep 17, 2023

In his Angelus, the pope said forgiving is “not a good deed that we can choose to do or not do” but “a fundamental condition for those who are Christians.”

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on Jan. 22, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: To Stay with Jesus Requires the Courage to Leave our Sins

Jan 22, 2023

In his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis said that following Jesus requires the courage to leave behind the sins that are holding us back.

A painting of St. Maria Goretti by Giuseppe Brovelli-Soffredini. YouTube screenshot via EWTN

Remembering One of the Youngest Catholic Saints: St. Maria Goretti

Jul 5, 2022

Catholics worldwide celebrate the feast day of one of the youngest saints on July 6: St. Maria Goretti.

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

In War, Christ is Crucified Again: Pope Francis on Palm Sunday 2022

Apr 11, 2022

Pope Francis reflected on Jesus’ words: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Pope Francis at the Sunday Angelus March 27 2022. Vatican News.

Let’s Learn to Rejoice Like the Father of the Prodigal Son, Pope Francis says

Mar 27, 2022

"God is a Father who not only welcomes us back, but rejoices and throws a feast for his son who has returned home after having squandered all his possessions. We are that son, and it is moving to think about how much the Father always loves us and waits for us."

Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Nigerians Must Be Forgiving to Overcome “brewing political tensions”: Catholic Archbishop

Feb 21, 2022

The people of God in Nigeria need to embrace forgiveness and dialogue to deal with political tensions that are brewing in the West African nation ahead of 2023 elections, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said.

Bishop Emmanuel Badeojo of Nigeria's Catholic Diocese of Oyo. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Oyo/ Facebook

Divine Mercy Celebration Invitation to be Channels of God’s Forgiveness: Nigerian Bishop

Apr 13, 2021

Divine Mercy Sunday celebrated in the Catholic Church on the second Sunday of Easter is an invitation for Christians to be channels of God’s unending mercy and forgiveness, a Nigerian Bishop has said.

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, a member of the Society of African Missions (SMA) who was recently freed after two years in Niger. / Society of African Missions (SMA).

Recently Freed Religious Missionary Hailed as “man of faith, forgiveness, fraternity”

Oct 14, 2020

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, a member of Society of African Missions (SMA) who was recently freed after two years of captivity has been hailed as a “man of faith, forgiveness and fraternity.”

Blessed Benedict Daswa, South Africa’s first potential saint.

South Africa’s Blessed Daswa, a Model of Forgiveness: Bishop at Beatification Anniversary

Sep 15, 2020

At the fifth anniversary of the beatification of Blessed Benedict Daswa, South Africa’s first potential saint, a Bishop in the country has hailed the martyr’s forgiving attitude toward his killers and and encouraged the people of God in the country to emulate him.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese.

“With genuine forgiveness, most social crises can be curtailed”: Archbishop in Nigeria

Sep 14, 2020

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has, reflecting on Sunday, September 13 readings, called for “genuine forgiveness” as a way out of “most social crises.”

Pope Francis gives his apostolic blessing at the end of the general audience March 18, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Everyone is in Debt to God's Mercy, Pope Francis says

Mar 18, 2020

Showing and receiving God’s mercy are central aspects of Christian life – and everyone is in debt to God for the mercy he has already been shown, Pope Francis said during his general audience address Wednesday.

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address Jan. 1, 2020. Credit: Pablo Esparza/CNA.

Pope Francis Apologizes for Losing Patience with Woman Who Grabbed Him

Jan 1, 2020

Pope Francis apologized Wednesday for losing his patience with a woman who grabbed his arm in St. Peter’s Square on New Year’s Eve.

Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Bert van Megen with South Sudanese clergy, religious, laity in Nairobi after Mass on Sunday, October 6, 2019 / ACI Africa

Seek Lasting Peace Through Mercy, Forgiveness over Justice: Nuncio to South Sudanese

Oct 8, 2019

At a time when ordinary South Sudanese are looking at their political leaders to form the long-awaited unity government in just over a month, the Nairobi-based Apostolic Nuncio to the world’s newest nation has called on the people of God in South Sudan to seek lasting peace through the virtues of mercy, forgiveness, and love as indicators of strength over and above justice, or worse, the tendency to revenge.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Maputo, Mozambique Sept. 6, 2019. Credit: Edward Pentin/CNA.

Pray for Your Enemies, Pope Francis Tells Mozambican Catholics

Sep 6, 2019

Jesus calls his followers to a high standard – to forgive their enemies, to pray for those who have hurt them, and to seek reconciliation, Pope Francis said at Mass in Mozambique Friday.