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The Pope hears a Confession during a Lenten service in St Peter’s Basilica (CNS)

Why the Year of Mercy might fail

An open-air Mass in Zagreb, Croatia. 'I need patience and humility to return to the dark, private box and admit that I've slipped up again' (Photo: CNS)

There needs, of course, to be a balance

P25 Walsingham

My burden lifted forever

As I prepared to make my first Confession in more than 20 years, I wondered if my sin was too great to be forgiven

Pope Francis opens the holy door of the Bangui cathedral. He launches the Year of Mercy on December 8 (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

We need Catholics with ‘attitude’

If we are bold and imaginative, the Jubilee Year will transform not only our schools and parishes, but also the wider world

Take a look inside this week's magazine

What’s inside this week’s magazine?

A sneak preview of this week’s issue

Archbishop Tobin leaves the office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/12/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

In an earlier meeting Pope Francis greets Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the German bishops' conference former president (Photo: CNS)

Francis says he hopes Year of Mercy can revive Confession and a better understanding of the Eucharist

Bishop Egan (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishop Egan made the suggestion in his pastoral letter

Claire Danes plays Carrie Mathison

The new series of Homeland, opened with Carrie Mathison going to Mass

Synod fathers pray at the start of a morning session of the family synod (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 7, 2015

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops