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Cardinal: Pope Francis seeks to restore Confession to central place in Church’s life

December 18, 2017

The Apostolic Penitentiary has compiled an Italian-language book devoted to Pope Francis’s teaching on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the indulgences the Pontiff has granted.

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the tribunal’s major penitentiary, and Msgr. Krzysztof Nykiel, the tribunal’s regent, wrote in the volume’s introduction that Pope Francis has sought to restore Confession to central place in the Church’s life and that the sacrament, rather than being a “torture chamber,” should be a “feast of forgiveness” where the sincerely repentant experience great happiness.

The book, entitled La festa del perdono con Papa Francesco, is intended for confessors and penitents.


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