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Pope: The confessional is not like a dry cleaners
Pope: The confessional is not like a dry cleaners

During his homily at morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday, Pope Francis warned against treating the confessional like the dry cleaners, a place to make a quick transaction, wipe away our sins and steal a false pardon. He also stressed the need for Christians to be truly ashamed of their sins. The Pope drew on the morning's readings at Mass, beginning with the book of Daniel, which emphasized mankind coming before God with a humble

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Pope Francis: Three characteristics of a good confessor
Pope Francis: Three characteristics of a good confessor

Pope Francis met today (Friday) with participants at an annual course on the internal forum, organised by the Apostolic Penitentiary. In his words to the group, the Pope spoke about the formation of good confessors, focusing on three characteristics which should guide their work. Firstly, Pope Francis said, a good confessor is a true friend of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and a person dedicated to prayer. A Ministry of Reconciliation

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Pope to lead '24 Hours for the Lord' Penitential Service
Pope to lead '24 Hours for the Lord' Penitential Service

Pope Francis will preside over a penitential service at the Vatican on Friday, in anticipation of the '24 Hours for the Lord' initiative. The service will take place on Friday 17 March, one week before all churches around the world are asked to offer the sacrament of Reconciliation, a request made by the Pontifical Council for the Promoting of the New Evangelization. The theme of the initiative this year comes from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew: 'I desire Mercy'

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  Catholic Community prepares for Pope Francis' worldwide 'Confession drive'
Catholic Community prepares for Pope Francis' worldwide 'Confession drive'

Catholics across England and Wales will participate in a worldwide 'Confession drive' this weekend that has been initiated by Pope Francis, as an integral part of his Jubilee Year of Mercy celebrations. '24 hours for the Lord' will run from Friday 4 to Saturday 5 March and will see teams of Catholic priests available in Cathedrals, and in some local churches in England and Wales, to dispense the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Similar gatherings will happen on every continent, with millions expected to visit churches for prayer and

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Pope Francis: Confession is not a judgment
Pope Francis: Confession is not a judgment

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is not a judgment but a meeting with God who forgives all our sins, without exception, Pope Francis said, during his homily at his morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Friday. Basing his reflections on an extract from St Paul’s letter to the Hebrews, the Pope said our God forgives all our sins, always and without exception and He rejoices when somebody asks him for pardon. This God who pardons us, he continued, choose Jesus to set up a new pact with humanity and the cornerstone of this pact is forgiveness for our sins.

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Cardiff: Archbishop encourages Sacrament of Reconciliation
Cardiff: Archbishop encourages Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Archbishop of Cardiff, The Most Revd George Stack, has written of his care and concern for all those who are troubled and over burdened at this time, inviting them to seek comfort in prayer and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In a Pastoral Letter, written to launch a new project to help people pray and bring their burdens to God, called 'The Light Is On For You',  Archbishop George Stack, said: "Every one of us carries burdens and has things that trouble us, and also things that we regret. 

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Digital drive to get Catholics back to Confession
Digital drive to get Catholics back to Confession
Bishop Kieran Conry, is leading a drive to invite Catholics back to Confession this Lent, and he is keen to highlight how your mobile phone can help you to prepare to make a good Confession – whether it is your first Confession in 30 years, or you go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly in your local parish. This follows a national survey of Cathedrals conducted last year which highlighted a rise in the number of people going to Confession, and a call for additional resources to help people prepare for the Sacrament and know what to say.
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Pope Francis: 'Be brave - go to Confession'
Pope Francis: 'Be brave - go to Confession'
During the General Audience on Wednesday, with thousands of pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square, Pope Francis continued his series of catechesis on the Sacraments, focussing on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. “When I go to Confession, it is to be healed,” he said. “To heal the soul, to heal the heart because of something I have done that is not going well.”.... I am telling you: each time we go to confession, God embraces us. God rejoices! Let us go forward on this road.
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Pope Francis: Confession is not like going to a psychiatrist
Pope Francis: Confession is not like going to a psychiatrist
During his homily at the Casa Santa Marta chapel on Friday, Pope Francis focussed on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. To go to Confession, he said, is to encounter the love of Jesus with sincerity of heart and with the transparency of children, not refusing, but even welcoming the “grace of shame” that makes us perceive God’s forgiveness. For many believing adults, confessing to a priest is an unbearable effort – that often leads one to avoid the Sacrament – or such a painful process that it transforms the moment of truth into an exercise of fiction.
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Pope Francis: 'Confession is not a 'laundromat' or 'torture session'
Pope Francis: 'Confession is not a 'laundromat' or 'torture session'
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is not a 'laundromat' that removes sins, or a 'torture session' where beatings are inflicted, Pope Francis said, during his homily at morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sancta Martha. Confession is a meeting with Jesus when we can feel his tenderness, he said. We must approach the sacrament without tricks or half-truths, but with mildness and cheerfulness, trusting and armed with 'blessed shame', the 'virtue of humility', which allows us to recognize ourselves as sinners.
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US Bishop offers ‘ten ways Catholics can live Year of Faith’
US Bishop offers ‘ten ways Catholics can live Year of Faith’
To honour the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI has announced a Year of Faith, starting October 11 and ending November 24, 2013. The goal is to strengthen the faith of Catholics and draw the world to faith by their example. Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, offers 'ten ways Catholics can live the Year of Faith.
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Lancaster Diocese launches Confession initiative
Lancaster Diocese launches Confession initiative
The Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev Michael Campbell OSA has announced  the launch of a Lenten initiative: The Light Is On For You, to promote the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Every Wednesday of Lent, from 29 February to the Wednesday of Holy Week, 4 April, every Catholic Church in the Diocese of Lancaster will be open from 7pm to 8pm for parishioners
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