Pope Francis: Catholic Priests Can Continue To Forgive Abortions

Catholic priests can continue to forgive abortions.

Pope Francis has extended the powers in an apostolic letter.

It continues a special dispensation granted last year during the Year of Mercy, which ended on Sunday.

Before now, only a bishop or someone designated by a bishop had the power, the authority to dissolve the sin of abortion.

The Catholic Church still teaches and underlines that this is a particularly quote — "grave sin".

Francis wrote in a statement saying, "There is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away".