"Vatican Radio" interviews the Regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary: there has been a notable rise in the number of people approaching the sacrament with greater trust.
So many faithful are rediscovering the sacrament of confession thanks to St. Francis, says the Regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Mgr. Krzysztof Nykiel in an interview with Vatican Radio.
The interview took place on the occasion of the fourth Symposium on penitential practice and doctrine held in the Chancery.
“So many pilgrims have approached the sacrament of reconciliation in the various Papal Basilicas. Our minor Penitentiaries were happy to tell us that the many pilgrims that come to St. Peter’s Square to attend the Wednesday General Audience or the Sunday Angelus, have been approaching the sacrament of confession with a spirit of greater faith and sincerity,” said Mgr. Nykiel.
“The Churches around the Vatican are full of faithful asking for confession and to dedicate time to prayer,” he continued. In many of his speeches and public addresses Francis has been inviting people not to be afraid of asking God for forgiveness because He is happy when He gives us His mercy. When he met minor penitentiaries of the Basilica of St. Mary Major the day after His election to the pontificate, he said to them: Mercy, mercy, mercy. You are confessors so be merciful with the souls.”
According to the Regent of the Penitentiary, Pope Francis’ calls for the Church to put itself across to the world as a mother and teacher of mercy, as a home for everyone : the strong, the weak, sinners, the indifferent, those who feel discouraged and lost, has numerous positive consequences.
“We are hearing from all corners of the world about the many people, our faithful, who are approaching the sacrament of confession with increased trust and a sincere spirit,” he said.