Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/31/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Popes frequently attend confessions demonstrating the importance of the sacrament.

Pope Francis shocked onlookers by kneeling before an ordinary priest at the Vatican and confessing in front of his own congregation. The move has renewed emphasis on the importance of reconciliation with God.

Pope Francis kneels before an ordinary priest to make his confession.

Pope Francis kneels before an ordinary priest to make his confession.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/31/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, confession, sacrament


ROME, ITALY (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis presided over a service intended to emphasize the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Onlookers got a firsthand demonstration of how it works from Pope Francis himself who followed his message with prayer and action, immediately kneeling before an ordinary priest to make his confession.

Although the move was stunning, it is far from controversial. Popes frequently avail themselves of confession. Bl. Pope John Paul II attended confession daily, and this is not thought to be unusual. Not only does daily confession model the sacrament for others, it also keeps our holy fathers in communion with God, which is critical to their work.

Reconciliation isn't easy. Show someone you appreciate their sincerity in reconciliation.

Following Pope Francis' public example, some 60 other priests followed him throughout St. Peter's Basilica.

After making his own confession, Pope Francis then entered an empty booth at the basilica and heard confessions himself.

Pope Francis himself knelt before an ordinary priest and before him and God, confessed his sins.

Pope Francis himself knelt before an ordinary priest and before him and God, confessed his sins.


Pope Francis has become legendary for his acts of humility and mercy. He leads by example and while he can be firm, he is also humorous and very compassionate.

Pope Francis has recently emphasized the importance of reconciliation to the Church, stressing that we are all in need of God's mercy, even himself, the Pope.

So what did Pope Francis confess? It's an interesting question, but only one other man knows, and he's not allowed to tell. Yet, we should be reminded that Pope Francis, as great as he is to so many people, is only human. We all fall short of the desire of God, hence God gives us the means to close the gap, particularly through the Body, Blood, and Mercy of Christ.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Living Faith

Atheists force portrait of Jesus out of Kansas public school Watch

Image of The portrait of Jesus that has been on display at the school since the 1950s.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Local residents in Chanute, Kansas expressed anger after the atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation successfully filed a petition for the removal of a portrait of Jesus Christ, which had been hanging for over 60 years in a Kansas public school.   ... continue reading


Pilgrimage with Pope Francis - SECOND STATION - St. Francis patron saint of animals and ecology

Image of Welcome to the virtual shrine to St. Francis.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Welcome to the second station on our virtual pilgrimage to Philadelphia with Pope Francis ahead of the World Meeting of Families. Let us pray! About St. FrancisSaint Francis was born to a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, Italy. Raised in a wealthy home, the young ... continue reading


Philadelphia prison inmates design chair for Pope Francis, and hope he will pray with them - Victims want their voices heard too Watch

Image of An inmate proudly shares the seal made for Pope Francis' seat.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis will meet with prison inmates during his visit to Philadelphia. In anticipation of this arrival, inmates have built him a special chair to use. His visit will bring hope to inmates and their families as he shares the restorative message of Christ with ... continue reading


Pope Francis declares parents tasked with teaching their children how to pray Watch

Image of

By Ann Schneible, CNA/EWTN News

On Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his weekly catechesis on the family, saying that parents have the responsibility to teach their children to pray. Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - Delivering his address to pilgrims and visitors, gathered under the hot sun for ... continue reading


Before TWO MILLION pilgrims arrive, Philly vendors plan to cash in with kistch Watch

Image of Enterprising vendors are hoping to earn some toasty profits when Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The arrival of Pope Francis and some two million pilgrims in Philadelphia next month is expected to bring a windfall to most of the businesses in the city which can remain open during the visit. Businesses will have a single weekend to entice pilgrims to visit their ... continue reading


No school days for working children

Image of

By Tony Magliano

It's that time again when adults take off to celebrate Labor Day, and kids head back to the adventures a new school year. But for millions of children worldwide the adventures of a new school year remain but a dream. Sadly, these children will never learn to read or ... continue reading


PRIDE is the sin the devil likes the most Watch

Image of It has been nine years since Fr. Gallego was appointed as exorcist. In an interview conducted by the Spanish daily El Mundo, the priest said that in his experience, pride is the sin the devil likes the most.

By CNA/EWTN News

Is an exorcist afraid? What is the devil's favorite sin? These and other questions were tackled in a recent interview with the Dominican priest, Father Juan Jose Gallego, an exorcist from the Archdiocese of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. (CAN/EWTN) - It has ... continue reading


Former President Jimmy Carter stays close to God during difficult times Watch

Image of Jimmy Carter holds on to his faith as he battles cancer.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Former president Jimmy Carter holds on to his faith while undergoing radiation treatment for the spread of brain cancer. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - In a recent appearance at Maranatha Baptist Church, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter shared the ... continue reading


Do We Really Believe in the Resurrection of the Body and the Life of the World to Come? Watch

Image of Seated at the right hand of the Father, he works unceasingly in the world, to draw men into the Church and through it to join them more closely to himself.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord. His salvation is offered extended to all men and women. That salvation is not only about our souls, but about the whole human person. It will only be complete when we are raised from the dead and dwell in the kingdom to come. He ... continue reading


Pilgrimage with Pope Francis - FIRST STATION - St. Raphael, patron of travelers and singles

Image of St. Raphael, patron of travelers and singles, pray for us!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Welcome to the first station on our virtual pilgrimage to Philadelphia with Pope Francis, ahead of the World Meeting of Families. Let us pray! About St. Raphael:St. Raphael is one of seven Archangels who stand before the throne of the Lord. He was sent by God to help ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Thessalonians 3:7-13
7 And so, brothers, your faith has been a great ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 90:3-4, 12-13, 14, 17
3 You bring human beings to the dust, by saying, ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 24:42-51
42 'So stay awake, because you do not know the day ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 27th, 2015 Image

St. Monica
August 27: St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter