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Pope Francis joined a prominent Vatican official and seven priests for lunch on Holy Thursday and emphasized the importance of hearing confessions, according to a priest who was present at the meeting

Archbishop Giovanni Becciu has a longtime custom of inviting priests to join him for lunch on Holy Thursday – a custom that predates his 2011 appointment as sostituto, the deputy secretary of state responsible for the internal affairs of the Roman Curia). When Pope Francis heard about the meal with the priests, most of whom work with the poor, he said he wanted to attend.

The Pope “said, ‘Open the doors of the Church, and then the people will come in … if you keep the light on in the confessional and are available, then you will see what kind of line there is for confession,’” recounted Msgr. Enrico Feroci, the director of Caritas Rome.

“The Pope said he was confident of the need of the people of God for priests to open the doors and allow the people to meet God,” Msgr. Feroci added.


Thanks be to God!!!

nice, but this needs to be translated into legislation... it won't do much for those that live in areas where confessions are at best 'by appointment only'.
(04-01-2013, 04:21 PM)winoblue1 Wrote: [ -> ]nice, but this needs to be translated into legislation... it won't do much for those that live in areas where confessions are at best 'by appointment only'.

Agreed, If anything the pontifical of Benedict XVI proved was that nobody follows by example anymore. You must enforce it and you must police it.
(04-01-2013, 04:05 PM)Revixit Wrote: [ -> ]Pope Francis joined a prominent Vatican official and seven priests for lunch on Holy Thursday and emphasized the importance of hearing confessions, according to a priest who was present at the meeting

Archbishop Giovanni Becciu has a longtime custom of inviting priests to join him for lunch on Holy Thursday – a custom that predates his 2011 appointment as sostituto, the deputy secretary of state responsible for the internal affairs of the Roman Curia). When Pope Francis heard about the meal with the priests, most of whom work with the poor, he said he wanted to attend.

The Pope “said, ‘Open the doors of the Church, and then the people will come in … if you keep the light on in the confessional and are available, then you will see what kind of line there is for confession,’” recounted Msgr. Enrico Feroci, the director of Caritas Rome.

“The Pope said he was confident of the need of the people of God for priests to open the doors and allow the people to meet God,” Msgr. Feroci added.


Thanks be to God!!!

That is exactly right. Confessions on Saturday only from 5 to 5.30 ( as example) are ridiculous.
Yeah, we'll see where this goes, but still, wonderful news.
This alone is the best news to come from rome over the last few weeks. I am lucky my parish has a lot of confessional time, but hearing it from the pope that he wants to keep churches open for this is just great to hear.  maybe I have been too negative about things. Now he needs to right this down and get people to follow this advice.
Praise God
(04-01-2013, 04:21 PM)winoblue1 Wrote: [ -> ]nice, but this needs to be translated into legislation... it won't do much for those that live in areas where confessions are at best 'by appointment only'.





Or once a week for 45 minutes
And the church is locked tight except for mass....
Our TRADITIONAL priests at the FSSP parish in Sacramento hear priests every day , twice a day before the masses and are always available at other times, they dont need to be told to do this, they know what a priest is.
oops i mean confessions
Next step should be to tell people what sin actually is! If Pope Pius XII said that people in his day had a great loss of the sense of sin, he would be horrified at people now.
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