Pope Francis surprised laity and religious alike Friday by confessing his sins to an ordinary priest in St. Peter's Basilica. The pope was presiding at a sacrament of reconciliation ceremony. After reading a sermon, he was to have gone to an empty confessional to hear confessions, but then pointed toward the empty confessional, walked over, knelt down and confessed for several minutes. He then went back to the empty confessional and began hearing confessions. The surprises continue.
NCR Email Alerts
Sign up to get NCR updates by email. Existing users: change your preferences here. Enter your email address in the box below and click “Go.”
In This Issue
- Synod on the family to open amid high expectations, doubts about process
- Catholic jobs lost over LGBT issues on the rise
- Keep the NCR mission alive, 50 years later
- Special Section [Newspaper only]: Religious Life PREVIEW
Not all of our content is online. Subscribe to receive all the news and features you won't find anywhere else.