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People pray during a religious education congress in LA (CNS)

A new book shows that merciful priests who don’t water down the truth are vital for the Church

Pope Francis hears a Confession during a penitential liturgy in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

The Pope says people should leave the confessional ‘with happiness in their hearts and faces radiating hope’

Pope Francis hears confession during a penitential liturgy in St Peter's Basilica last year (CNS)

The Holy Father will be taking part in the annual 24 Hours for the Lord initiative on March 13 at St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis hears a Confession in Brazil in July 2013 (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pontiff urges faithful to receive the Sacrament of Penance in Lent

Penitents wait in line for confession (CNS)

The state has the right to know many things, but it has no jurisdiction over matters of conscience

Confession: its decline mirrors that of the Church (CNS)

If Confession fades away, so does Holy Communion

Pope Francis hears confession during a penitential liturgy in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in March (CNS)

Author Patrick Madrid’s new book is eloquent on the importance of sacramental Confession

A priest hears a Confession in Zagreb, Croatia (Photo: CNS)

Church is to appeal ruling by US state court that priest should be compelled to testify

Pope Francis at this morning's general audience (AP)

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Pope Francis goes to Confession in St Peter's Basilica

Holy Father launches 24-hour Festival of Forgiveness at St Peter’s Basilica