Pope hears priests’ confessions

Pope hears priests’ confessions

Pope Francis hears confession during penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica at VaticanAfter visiting the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, Pope attended a meeting of priests in the Basilica of St. John Lateran where he heard the confessions of several priests. The priests of the diocese were meeting in the Basilica before the beginning of Lent.

After the confession, the Holy Father had gifted each priest of the diocese with a copy of his book, “The Name of God is Mercy.”

Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the Vicar for the City of Rome said that the meeting of the priests had a potential character, and it offered the clergy an opportunity “to have an experience of the mercy of the Father; and, in turn, to be able to ministers of mercy in the communities entrusted to us.”