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Pope Francis blesses faithful during the Angelus noon prayer he delivered from his studio window overlooking St Peter's Square at the Vatican

The Pope made his appeal during his Angelus address on Sunday

A priest offers Holy Communion to an elderly man in Chile (Photo: CNS)

In admitting his guilt he would have faced the truth about himself – and encountered the truth about God too

Queuing for Confession: ‘What a great leveller it is to be alone-in-company’ (CNS)

Apologising to God

A former Anglican’s first Confession was an unfamiliar struggle between her honesty and her vanity – but, as she explains here, it brought her one step close to her Maker

Francis hands a copy of the bull of indiction of the Holy Year of Mercy to a Vatican official (AP)

Pope says Holy Year of Mercy is ‘a time to offer everyone the way of forgiveness and reconciliation’

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