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A priest hears confession from Pope Francis during a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this March 28, 2014, file photo. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) See VATICAN-LETTER-CONFESSION March 3, 2016.

Pope Francis Confesses His Own Sins Before Absolving Others

To kick off a global 24-hour “confession drive,” Pope Francis went to confess his own sins on Friday before moving to the other side of the confessional screen to hear the confessions of other penitents. In an address Friday to

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Pope Francis Teaches Priests How to Hear Confessions

This has been a big week for Pope Francis, as he celebrated his second anniversary as Pope, granted a lengthy interview in which he said time is ticking away on his pontificate, and called for an extraordinary Jubilee year of mercy for 2016. In the midst of this flurry of activity, Francis also found time to address a group of priests about how to be good confessors, before going to confession himself.