Don’t be afraid or ashamed to go to confession, pope says

“Every person has within him or her a hunger for life, for meaning and for eternity.” – Pope Francis

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Pope Francis speaks during his general audience April 22. (CNS/Paul Haring) Pope Francis (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Trusting in God’s infinite mercy, people should not be afraid or embarrassed to go to confession, Pope Francis said.

“There are people who are afraid to go to confession, forgetting that they will not encounter a severe judge there, but the immensely merciful Father,” Pope Francis told thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square Aug. 2 for the midday recitation of the Angelus prayer.

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