Pope Francis Hears Young People’s Confessions in Lisbon
The Pope heard the confessions of Francisco, 21, from Spain; Yesvi, 33, from Guatemala; and Samuel, 19, from Italy.
As part of the Word Youth Day celebrations this week in Lisbon, Portugal, Pope Francis this morning heard the confessions of three young people in the Jardim Vasco da Gama, renamed Reconciliation Park or “Forgiveness Park” for World Youth Day.
The Pope took about 10 total minutes to hear the private confessions of the young people while seated in one of the dozens of custom-built white confessions dotted around the park, the largest square on the Iberian Peninsula. He was assisted into the confessional while seated in his wheelchair.
The confessionals used in World Youth Day (approximately 150 in all) were built in three Portuguese prisons, following an agreement between the WYD Lisbon 2023 Foundation and the Directorate-General for Reinsertion and Prison Services, with the aim of valuing the professional skills of prisoners and contributing to their reintegration into society. The confessionals were made using recycled wood provided by the JMJ Lisboa 2023 Foundation.
According to TSF Radio Noticias, the Pope heard the confessions of Francisco, 21, from Spain; Yesvi, 33, from Guatemala; and Samuel, 19, from Italy.
Later in the day, the Pope met with Social and Charitable Assistance representatives at Serafina Parish Centre. The pontiff went off script to insist that Christian love must be tangibly lived out in the world and not remain a figment of people’s fantasies.
In the evening, the Pope will pray the Stations of the Cross with the young people at Meeting Hill (Eduardo VII Park).
Tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 5, Pope Francis is expected to travel by helicopter to Fátima to pray a rosary with sick people.
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