Pope Tells Priests: ‘Don’t Ask Too Much’ during Confession, Forgive Always

Catholics should not be afraid to bear their sins before God whose mercy is a model for the church’s ministers, Pope Francis said.

“Put this in your mind and heart: God never tires of forgiving,” the pope said during a Lenten penance service March 8. He then asked the approximately 600 people gathered at the parish of St. Pius V in Rome to repeat his words with him: “God never tires of forgiving!”

Before putting on a stole to personally hear confessions in the church, Pope Francis asked priests to “forgive always, like God who never tires of forgiving.”

“Don’t ask too much” during confessions, he told the priests, instructing them to “forgive everything.”

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