Pope Francis to Allow Absolution for Abortion During Holy Year

The pontiff declared that all priests may hear confession for the "sin of abortion" during the upcoming Year of Mercy, simplifying the existing system of confession of this "grave sin."
0:27 | 09/01/15

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Big story this morning a surprise message from wild about abortion from Pope Frances as he prepares for his visit to America the Pope says he will allow priests to absolve women. Who have had abortions if women ask for forgiveness during the upcoming holy year. Until now abortion was considered a grave sin and forgiveness typically can be granted only by a top diocese official. The Pope says he is quote well aware of the pressure that leads women to make that decision.

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