Pope Francis does things that annoy me, that puzzle me, that surprise me and that please me.
Today was one of the later. He could stick to this sort of thing, in my book!
GO TO CONFESSION!
From The Daily Mail:
The Catholic act of penance is normally conducted in the privacy of a confessional box.
But 16 teenagers carried out the traditional rite in front of thousands of young Catholic faithfuls as they confessed their sins to Pope Francis on chairs in the middle of St Peter’s Square.
The youths were given the unexpected opportunity as the Pontiff made a surprise appearance for a special Holy Year youth day at the Vatican in Italy late on Saturday morning.
Francis and each of the 16 teenagers sat face-to-face in simple chairs set up in pairs for him and many others hearing confessions near the famed Colonnade of Bernini.
The teenagers seemed at ease, with Francis shaking hands warmly with the youths. In all, the pope spent over an hour in the square.
It is great that Francis wants to hear confessions (what he was ordained to do). And it is great that he underscores the importance of confessions (what he is obliged to do now).
Fathers, please hear confessions.