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Holy Father launches 24-hour Festival of Forgiveness in Rome and around the world

Pope Francis hears the confession of a young woman during World Youth Day in Rio (Photo: CNS)

Pontiff asks clergy to welcome penitents ‘with the love of a father’

Pope Francis (CNS)

Is there any need for singificant reform of the Sacrament?

Pope Francis waves at yesterday's Angelus

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Confession is about renewal, rebirth, reorientation of one’s life  (CNS)

We should be dying to go to Confession

If we stop going to Confession this will lead to spiritual death

People waiting in line outside a confessional (CNS)

Kneeling is a vital part of Confession

To kneel rather than sit helps distinguish Confession from psychotherapy sessions

Francis blows a kiss as he arrives at the general audience (AP)

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Pope Francis (AP)

The Pope has said Catholics should discover the date of their baptism and celebrate it

Pope Francis (CNS)

At morning Mass the Pope laments that ‘every time we want to do good, evil is next to us’

A view of the Brompton Oratory (PA)

Fr Faber was a good man who deserves credit for the pastoral aspects of his priestly life