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Hearing confessions is crucial to ministry, German cardinal tells priests

Catholic World News - June 11, 2010

Catholic priests should view their work as a divine ministry, not a profession, a German cardinal told priests who had assembled in Rome this week for the closing of the Year for Priests. Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne, speaking at the basilica of St. Paul-outside-the-Walls on the first evening of a 3-day celebration, emphasized in particular the priest's duty to hear confessions, saying that "when the priest is no longer a confessor, he becomes a religious worker."

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