I see at Vatican Insider that there was a penitential service at St. Peter’s Basilica. We have once again the image of a Pope making his confession, not hearing confessions.
Meanwhile, Francis addressed a gathering of the extremely-helpful annual workshop for confessors held by the Sacra Penitenzieria Apostolica.
Among his remarks, the Pope said:
In fact, the confessor is called daily to go to the “peripheries of evil and of sin” – this is an awful periphery! And his work represents a genuine pastoral priority. To hear confessions is a pastoral priority. Please, let there not be those notices: “Confessions are heard only on Mondays and Wednesdays from this hour to that hour.” You hear confessions every time they are requested. And if you are there [in the Confessional] praying, keep the Confessional open, which is God’s open heart.
I would add to that, expand your times for confession and, Fathers…
GO TO CONFESSION!