On several occasions Pope Francis has spoken about the importance of the Sacrament of Penance.
Remember: Our Lord Himself established the Sacrament of Penance. This is the ordinary means by which JESUS desires you to ask for forgiveness of sins.
During Pope Francis first visit to one of the parishes in the outskirts of Rome, he heard confessions. HERE
It is also possible and entirely licit, and even a very good idea, where more than one priest is available, to hear confessions during Mass. We’ve been over this ground here on the blog many times, so I won’t repeat myself. Check this HERE.
Fathers! Hear confessions!
Bishops! Teach about the sacrament and ask your priests to hear confessions! Hear confessions yourselves!