During Lent, pope offers handy tips for preparing for confession

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February 28, 2015

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at end of five-day Lenten spiritual retreat in Ariccia, near Rome

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the end of a five-day Lenten spiritual retreat with members of the Roman Curia in Ariccia, near Rome Feb. 27. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance.

After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession — “because we are all sinners” — the pope listed 30 key questions to reflect on as part of making an examination of conscience and being able to “confess well.”

The guide is part of a 28-page booklet in Italian released by the Vatican publishing house. Pope Francis had 50,000 free copies distributed to people attending his Angelus address Feb. 22, the first Sunday of Lent.

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