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Pope Francis Indefinitely Extends Power to Forgive on Abortion

Pope Francis has extended to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, according to an apostolic letter published on Monday. The measure, previously in place temporarily for the duration of the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy, is now extended indefinitely. "I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion," the pope wrote in the apostolic letter. The right to forgive...

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