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Pope to hear confessions of Roman youth? March 10, 2008
Pope Benedict XVI will hear the confessions of several young people in St. Peter's basilica on Good Friday, according to the Italian ANSA news service.
The Vatican has not confirmed plans for the Pope to hear confessions himself. But the Holy Father is scheduled to lead a penitential service for the youth of Rome, and there will be opportunities for individual confession.
Pope John Paul II made it his regular practice to appear in the Vatican basilica on Good Friday, without prior notice, to hear the confessions of ordinary penitents.