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Parents Forgive Sons Who Allegedly Tried to Kill Them

'We love them unconditionally'

(Newser) - A Georgia couple say they've forgiven two sons accused of attacking them in an alleged murder plot. Yvonne and Zachery Ervin spoke publicly yesterday for the first time outside Gwinnett County Court. "Those were not our boys that did that to us," said Yvonne Ervin, who still... More »

Pope: Priests Can Forgive Women Who've Had Abortions

Francis grants absolution power during Holy Year for 'painful decision'

(Newser) - Abortion is one of the sins that mandates automatic excommunication in the Roman Catholic Church, but for the Holy Year of Mercy that begins Dec. 8, Pope Francis says priests can, at their discretion, absolve women for terminating pregnancies, Reuters reports. "Many … believe that they have no other... More »

After Dream, Murder Victim's Son at Peace

Brian Larson had 'vision' that slain dad had forgiven his own killer

(Newser) - On March 20, 1990, Bruce Larson was murdered near Salt Lake City after a contracting deal gone bad, leaving behind a wife and five kids, including 9-year-old Brian. But despite missing out on all the father-son bonding experiences over the years, Brian is finally able to forgive his dad's... More »

Down With Forgiveness

Sometimes it's healthier to hold a grudge: Simon Doonan

(Newser) - You hear a lot about the healing power of forgiveness these days, but the movement has gone too far, writes Simon Doonan in Slate . Reeva Steenkamp's uncle wants to forgive Oscar Pistorius for killing her. The mother of the girl who was raped in Steubenville, Ohio, forgave one of... More »

Forgiveness Can Kill a Marriage

Expressing anger can be a good thing, says professor

(Newser) - All that forgive and forget stuff? Bad for marriage, apparently, which thrives on a good argument once in a while. The "short-term discomfort of an angry but honest conversation" helps a marriage in the long run, says University of Tennessee Associate Professor James McNulty, who conducted several studies on... More »

Church to Honor Prayer Request for Osama

'He needs forgiveness,' says Catholic parishioner in Florida

(Newser) - A Catholic man in Florida is testing his fellow parishioners capacity for forgiveness this weekend: Henry Borga paid $10 to have the name Osama bin Laden entered in the church bulletin for Sunday prayers at the Holy Name of Jesus church, reports WPTV in West Palm Beach. "He needs... More »

Americans Want Forgiving World, But Won't Forgive

There's 'a near-universal desire for a more loving and unified world'

(Newser) - Americans have a complicated relationship with forgiveness—they wish the world was a more forgiving place, but are rather stingy with forgiving people themselves. A full 94% agreed they'd like to see more forgiveness in the country, according to a survey by the Fetzer Institute. Despite that hope, a full... More »

Ringo Underwhelmed by Vatican's Forgiveness

'The Vatican, they've got more to talk about than the Beatles'

(Newser) - The Vatican may have forgiven the Beatles for their lifestyles, supposedly satanic messages, and bigger-than-Jesus claims, but it's apparently not a moment Ringo Starr was holding his breath for. "Didn't the Vatican say we were satanic or possibly satanic—and they've still forgiven us?" the drummer told CNN during... More »

Americans Would Forgive Tiger Before John Edwards...

...or Chris Brown, Polanski, Madoff: poll

(Newser) - Americans appear to be in the mood to forgive a variety of national figures laid low by this or that scandal, and Tiger Woods in particular. Some 32% of respondents to a CBS News poll said they would pardon the transgressions of the likes of Woods, Charlie Sheen, and John... More »

Pope Meets, Forgives Female Assailant

Benedict offers 'best wishes' for Susanna Maiolo's health

(Newser) - The pope met today with Susanna Maiolo, the mentally distressed woman who tackled him to the ground on Christmas Eve. The Vatican says Maiolo “apologized for what happened” during a “brief private meeting” in which Benedict showed “her his forgiveness.” He also “expressed his interest... More »

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