Festival of Forgiveness called a ‘smashing success’

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor For the last few years, Pope Francis has celebrated “24 hours for the Lord,” a penitential celebration at St. Peter’s Basilica. The event includes several hours for confession and eucharistic adoration. After hearing about this initiative as well as the 24-hour Festival of Forgiveness in the Archdiocese of Chicago last…

Don’t be afraid or ashamed to go to confession, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Trusting in God’s infinite mercy, people should not be afraid or embarrassed to go to confession, Pope Francis said. “There are people who are afraid to go to confession, forgetting that they will not encounter a severe judge there, but the immensely merciful Father,” Pope Francis told thousands of people gathered…

Confession is time to encounter God, it’s not a dry cleaners, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While people must be honest and specific about their sins when they go to confession, they will miss the sacrament’s key grace if they are “completely mechanical” about listing their sins, Pope Francis said. Confession is not a time for judgment, but for an encounter with the merciful God who is…

Questions about confession?

A Visitor Q & A has the answers March 14, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Lent is a season of penance as well as prayer, almsgiving and fasting. The sacrament of penance or reconciliation is meant to be healing, but for some people the process of confession can be confusing and anxiety producing. For them,…