Pope Francis allows priests to forgive abortion
Pope Francis has declared that priests have the permanent right from now on to forgive abortions.
His remarks come at the end of the Catholic Church's jubilee year during which he had temporarily granted priests this power.
In an Apostolic letter the pontiff also restated that abortion was a "grave sin" which ended "innocent life".
Catholics who have or perform an abortion can be immediately excommunicated from the Church.
A Vatican spokesman confirmed that "there is no type of laxness here" regarding the Church's position on the morality of abortion, but that... read more
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