Pope clarifies abortion forgiveness

Pope Francis walks after closing the Holy Door to mark the closing of the Catholic Jubilee Year of Mercy at the in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 20, 2016.    REUTERS/Tiziana Fabi/Pool

Pope Francis on Monday extended indefinitely to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a right previously reserved for bishops or special confessors in most parts of the world.