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Pope Francis Goes to Confession EWTN NEWS - VATICAN NEWS - March 17, 2017 Vatican City, Mar 17, 2017 / 12:47 pm ( EWTN News/CNA ).- At the end of his annual Lenten penitential service on Friday, Pope Francis was the first to go to the sacrament of confession, afterward hearing the confessions of seven laypeople, three men and four women, in attendance.http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/EwtnNews-Vatican/~3/FW3FqdtWcK0/new.php

Ash Wednesday: Ancient Tradition Still Thrives in Modern Times CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 28, 2017 ... Nashville, Tennessee, thinks the appeal of Ash Wednesday is partly because participants receive a "marker of identity" as Catholics. The day also has rich symbolism, he said, of both flawed humanity and mortality. He pointed out that even though a large percentage of Catholics do not go to confession they will attend this very penitential service because they "get a sense of repentance and a kind of solidarity in it." "Clearly it touches on a deep sense of ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/ash-wednesday-ancient-tradition-still.html