The meaning of Christian forgiveness

It's a lot deeper than saying sorry

Pope Francis
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Christianity is big on forgiveness — at least in theory. The faithful are viewed as judgmental, but their leader, one fella named Jesus, said, "I came not to judge the world but to save it."

I mention this because Pope Francis has declared a "Jubilee Year of Mercy" for the Catholic Church, an occasion for all Catholics to meditate on mercy and, more importantly, to practice it. As part of this, the pope gave a special dispensation for all priests to be able to forgive women who have had abortions.

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