Monday, March 26, 2007


Vatican City
March 25, 2007
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Pope Benedict XVI has invited the youth of Rome to approach the Sacrament of Confession on the eve of the diocesan-level World Youth Day 2007.

After reciting the Angelus today with the crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father invited the young people of the Diocese of Rome to a "Penitential Liturgy" at which he himself will preside this Thursday.

"Those who wish to may approach the Sacrament of Confession, a true encounter with God's love, which every man needs to live in joy and in peace." he said to them.

The penitential event will take place in St. Peter's Basilica. World Youth Day will be observed on April 1, Palm Sunday.

According to Monsignor Mauro Parmeggiani, head of the pastoral office for youth in the Vicariate of Rome, in the course of the penitential celebration, the Pope will administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to six young people.

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