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Pope Francis Unveils He Goes To Confession Every Two Weeks

Pope Francis revealed that he goes to confession every two weeks because priests, bishops and even the pope are sinners who need forgiveness, just like everyone else.

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“Certainly, God forgives every repentant sinner, but the Christian is bound to Christ and Christ is united to his church,” the pope told a gathering . “God, in his sovereign mercy, forgives everyone, but he wanted those who belong to Christ and his church to receive forgiveness through the community’s ministers.”

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church added that God never tires of forgiving those who repent, and argued that it is “better to turn red once than yellow a thousand times,” encouraging people to confess their sins to a priest as a way to spiritual healing.

“Even the pope goes to confession every two weeks because the pope, too, is a sinner,” Francis continued. “My confessor hears what I say, offers me advice and forgives me. We all need this.”

He clarified, however, that the church does not own the power to forgive sins, but is a servant that “rejoices” every time it can offer this “gift.”

The Vatican leader said that priests need to realize that they too are sinners forgiven by God, and that a priest should not “mistreat the faithful, but be meek, benevolent and merciful, knowing how to sow hope in the penitent’s heart and, especially, recognize that the brother or sister approaching the sacrament of reconciliation is seeking forgiveness just like the many people who approached Jesus seeking healing.”

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‘God Told Me To Resign’ Former Pope Benedict

In his first statement to the press since stepping down from the papacy in February, 86-year-old former pope Benedict has said he left his office because God directed him to.

Pope Francis embraces emeritus Pope Benedict XVI at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, March 23.

Benedict told an unnamed reporter he felt the conviction to step down in a “mystical experience” that “had lasted months” where “God told [him] to” retire to a private life of prayer. He also claimed that the “charisma” of current Pope Francis gave greater context to why God had led him to retire from the post.

Benedict’s comments, made several weeks ago, and which first appeared in the Catholic news agency Zenit, were his first since his abrupt resignation. The German ex-pontiff became the first head of the papacy to step down in about 600 years.

Benedict initially attributed his resignation to his waning stamina and physical well being.

“My strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” he told his cardinals in February.

His self-assessment was reiterated in the media. The Guardian reported a German journalist’s assertions in a recent meeting that the former pope “was going deaf, appeared to be blind in one eye, and was emaciated and ‘exhausted-looking.'”

Yet many continued to speculate that Benedict had stepped down because of shadow Vatican scandals; Benedict’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, leaked his personal correspondence. The Italian press also reported on an insider pro-gay lobby within the Church.

No more information on the latter has emerged as Pope Francis’ popularity has had the press gushing over his relative austerity, humility and modesty. For his part, the current pope has said that he has appreciated access to Benedict’s advice.

“[It’s] like having a grandfather – a wise grandfather – living at home,” he told reporters in July.Props Christianpost


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