Here’s a look at some of the stories making headlines today.
For Year of Mercy, Pope extends possibilities for absolution

In an extraordinary gesture for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the sin of abortion and has decreed the full validity during the year of the sacrament of confession celebrated by priests of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X.

Contemplate, give thanks, protect: Pope Francis prays for creation

Leading prayers for the safeguarding of creation, Pope Francis prayed that people would learn to contemplate God in the beauty of the universe, give thanks and protect all life.

Texas parish thrilled to have pope as surprise guest at ABC town hall

At Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, members of the community, most of them volunteers at a respite center for immigrants at Sacred Heart parish hall, were invited to a special event by ABC News, but were not informed in advance of just how special that event would be.
People started arriving at the church before 7 a.m., local time, Aug. 31. The event began at 9 a.m.
In Rome, where the local time was 4 p.m., appearing by satellite and speaking to the people in McAllen was Pope Francis by means of a “virtual town hall” arranged by ABC News.

From Crux: Pope Francis to greet public in Central Park
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