African Archbishop “Having Sleepless Nights”with Concern Over Empty Confessionals

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The Archbishop of Sierra Leone’s Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown has raised concern about the people’s growing lack of interest in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation in his Metropolitan See, saying that the trend is giving him sleepless nights.

In his Lenten Season message shared with ACI Africa on Tuesday, February 27, Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles says he finds it inconceivable that confessionals in the Archdiocese have remained empty while the queues for Holy Communion in the Parishes and Catholic communities of the Archdiocese are getting longer.

Archbishop Tamba Charles expresses concern about what he has described as “the death” of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation in the Archdiocese of Freetown, saying, “We have noticed, over the years, a very worrying lack of interest in this particular sacrament in this diocese.”

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