St Paul’s Cathedral in Imdina will remain open throughout the night of Friday-Saturday, for members of the faithful who wish to go to confession. A number of priests will be available for confession between 7.00 p.m. of Friday 29th and 8.00 a.m. of Saturday 30th March. This is part of an event known as ’24 hours for the Lord’, in an initiative being held in every diocese worldwide to offer reflections, religious singing, confessions and space for solitude before the Blessed Sacrament.
Pope Francis himself will start off the sixth edition of this religious event from St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, at 17:00, an initiative of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization which takes place annually on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
As Pope Francis says in his Apostolic Letter Misericordia et Misera: “The Sacrament of Reconciliation needs to rediscover its central place in the Christian life … a favourable occasion for this could be 24 Hours for the Lord, a celebration held in proximity to the Fourth Sunday of Lent. This initiative, already in place in many dioceses, has great pastoral value in encouraging a more fervent experience of the Sacrament of Confession.”
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