Most Unusually, Pope Confesses in Public
Visits priest during St. Peter's service
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 29, 2014 2:38 PM CDT
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(Newser) – At a service in St. Peter's Basilica yesterday, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of confession—and, in a rare move for a pope, made his own confession in public. As he was being shown to an empty booth to hear others confess, he instead headed to a booth already manned by a priest, apparently surprising his master of ceremonies. There, the pope knelt and and spent several minutes confessing, Reuters reports. Afterward, he took the empty booth and heard confession from the faithful for some 40 minutes, Catholic News Service notes.

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jimmy4
Mar 30, 2014 8:29 PM CDT
hes the real deal
Sophieschoice
Mar 30, 2014 6:35 PM CDT
The Pope is trying to express out loud the necessity of confessing aloud…preparing the way for anyone to confess. It is better than going to therapy sessions… I just hope it paves the way for the priests who really need to confess aloud for their church crimes.
Arthur Vandelay
Mar 30, 2014 2:48 PM CDT
this guy has got stop with the PR enough already we get your a good guy