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

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August 3, 2015

Pope Francis hears confession during a penitential liturgy in early March in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. During his Aug. 2 Angelus, Pope Francis told people not to be afraid or ashamed to go to confession. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi pool via EPA) See POPE-CONFESS Aug. 3, 2015.

Pope Francis hears confession during a penitential liturgy in early March in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. During his Aug. 2 Angelus, Pope Francis told people not to be afraid or ashamed to go to confession. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi pool via EPA)

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.

The pope also told the people gathered under a scalding sun that “when we go to confession, we feel a bit ashamed. That happens to all of us, but we must remember that this shame is a grace that prepares us for the embrace of the Father, who always forgives and always forgives everything.”

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