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Pope Francis hears confession during a penitential liturgy in early March in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. During his Aug. 2 Angelus, Pope Francis told people not to be afraid or ashamed to go to confession. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi pool via EPA) See POPE-CONFESS Aug. 3, 2015.

Don’t be afraid or ashamed to go to confession, pope says

August 3, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Trusting in God’s infinite mercy, people should not be afraid or embarrassed to go to confession, Pope Francis said. “There are people who are afraid to go to confession, forgetting that they will not encounter a severe judge there, but the immensely merciful Father,” Pope Francis told thousands…

Jim Gaffigan, the comic actor known both for his funny books like "Dad Is Fat" and "Food: A Love Story" and his inclusion of his Catholicism in his stand-up routines, is pictured in a 2010 photo. Gaffigan and his wife, Jeannie, have collaborated on a new TV Land cable sitcom, "The Jim Gaffigan Show." (CNS photo/courtesy of TV Land) See GAFFIGAN June 15, 2015.

‘Jim Gaffigan Show’ treats Catholicism seriously, but in a funny way

August 3, 2015 NEW YORK (CNS) — Faith and comedy can make for an uncomfortable combination. Wits who engage in this volatile mix obviously need to avoid outright irreverence or the trivialization of the sacred. Yet they also have to be wary of artificial restraint since all genuine humor depends, to some degree at least,…

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