Do you have a favorite cardinal in the Vatican? Would you like to take a chance he will be in the confessional when you show up? How about if Pope Francis might be the one to hear your confession?
*As part of Pope Francis’ pastoral reforms, all 44 senior members of the Roman Curia, or governing body, must take turns hearing confession at a church near the Vatican.
There is even speculation that Francis himself could hear confessions at the Church of the Santo Spirito in Sassia, just outside the Vatican walls, where his bishops and cardinals have been directed to perform the sacrament of penance and reconciliation.*
*“The pope doesn’t want bureaucrats,” Galeazzi said. “He wants pastors.”
The selection of the Church of the Santo Spirito in Sassia as the location for the confessions is not a coincidence: The church is dedicated to the Divine Mercy devotion of Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who was named a saint in 2000 by Pope John Paul II.*