Speaking to the priests he will commission to hear confessions during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the pope outlined three particular characteristics they should practice when hearing confessions.
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But for the tragedy in the Philippines, 2013 is ending as a quiet year for humanitarian events, right? Not necessarily.