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Administering mercy: Facilitating forgiveness does not downplay sin

Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, is pictured in his office at the Vatican June 2.  (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on September 2nd, 2015

The first step, of course, is to recognize an action is a sin and confess it, expressing contrition and a willingness to do penance.


Mural of pope looks out over New York’s Madison Square Garden Mass site

A 225-foot mural featuring an image of Pope Francis nears completion in New York City Sept. 1. The artwork was commissioned by DeSales Media Group, the communications and technology arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) Posted on September 2nd, 2015

New Yorkers and tourists in Midtown Manhattan have been gazing up at a smiling Pope Francis at one of New York’s busiest intersections.


Just one smile from a loving family can warm coldest world, pope says

A pilgrim waves Argentina's flag as Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 2. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on September 2nd, 2015

“No economic and political engineering is able to substitute this contribution from families,” he said Sept. 2 during his general audience talk in St. Peter’s Square.


Trip through Central Park added to pope’s New York itinerary

Women eat lunch in Central Park in New York City Sept. 1, the day city officials announced plans that Pope Francis' motorcade will travel through the park Sept. 25, allowing tens of thousands additional people to see the pontiff. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) Posted on September 2nd, 2015

Pope Francis will get a glimpse of leafy Central Park and thousands of waving New Yorkers Sept. 25 when he makes “a historic procession” through the urban landmark, according to the city’s mayor.


Data breach affects thousands of Catholic workers in Michigan

Posted on September 2nd, 2015

The attack did not affect bishops, clergy or religious, the conference said, whose pay and benefits are administered through a separate system.


Suburban Detroit pastor pleads guilty to mail fraud

Posted on September 2nd, 2015

“Why am I pleading guilty?” Father Belczak told U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Tarnow. “Because I am.”


Hispanic Catholics mark 10 years of heritage Mass in Phila.

Hispanic Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia celebrated the 10th annual Hispanic Heritage Mass Aug. 19 at Holy Innocents Church, Philadelphia. (Sarah Webb) Posted on September 2nd, 2015

The annual celebration this year was held at Holy Innocents Church and included a reflection followed by the Mass with 600 from communities represented in the Archdiocese.


Papal visit and families are themes for Girl Scout’s mural

The completed mural as designed by Girl Scout Kate Burke of St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish, Yardley, for her Gold Award project is displayed in the parish hall. Posted on September 2nd, 2015

Kate Burke designed a mural for St. Ignatius Parish in Yardley, which was painted with the help of parishioners and children to mark the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit.


Archbishop Chaput comments on absolution for abortion

Posted on September 1st, 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.“Pope Francis’ recent remarks on absolution for the sin of abortion demonstrate his commitment to all those in need of healing,” said the archbishop in a statement Sept. 1.


Texas parish thrilled to talk with pope in virtual town hall

Posted on September 1st, 2015

Pope Francis spoke with groups of people in three U.S. states from the Vatican, moderated by ABC News. The event will air on “20/20″ on Friday, Sept. 4 from 10 to 11 p.m.


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