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

Bishop Egan says in a pastoral letter that sin is not like a ‘stain to be dry-cleaned’ but more a ‘lack of love or lovelessness’

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

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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