For Year of Mercy, pope extends possibilities for absolution

VATICAN CITY - In an extraordinary gesture for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the sin of abortion and has decreed the full validity during the year of the sacrament of confession celebrated by priests of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X.

Our need for a little more mercy

By Joe Towalski

Mercy isn't a popular word in our culture today.

"People get what they deserve." "Payback is sweet." "I'll never forgive them for what they've done."

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