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

As a young doctor on a cancer ward, I consoled myself with drink and
New Age nonsense. Then one evening I stepped into a chamber of horrors

In a homily the Pope says priests who struggle to be merciful should avoid hearing Confessions

What is immediately interesting about the Pope’s letter ahead of the Year of Mercy is the old-fashioned nature of his concerns

The Pope made his appeal during his Angelus address on Sunday

In admitting his guilt he would have faced the truth about himself – and encountered the truth about God too

A former Anglican’s first Confession was an unfamiliar struggle between her honesty and her vanity – but, as she explains here, it brought her one step close to her Maker

Pope says Holy Year of Mercy is ‘a time to offer everyone the way of forgiveness and reconciliation’

A new book shows that merciful priests who don’t water down the truth are vital for the Church

The Pope says people should leave the confessional ‘with happiness in their hearts and faces radiating hope’