Pope: Priests Must Promote Confession, Show People God's Mercy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Priests today are challenged with the task of drawing the faithful back to confession and assuring them that their true repentance will be met with mercy and compassion, Pope Benedict XVI said.

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I agree! I would love to see more confession times available, but I know that is difficult in some places with the shortage of priests. My priest recommends every three weeks, so after I get first confession out of the way I am going to strive for that.

I am lost trying to work all this out but what I want to know is what are the current rites of Reconciliation and what do they say.

When did it start to be called reconciliation? I was taught Penance or Confession, but it seems like a lot of people here call it reconciliation.

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