Wednesday, June 18, 2014
More Young People Going To Confessions
During the Eucharist Congress last year and the World Youth Day, I have seen many young people lining up for confessions. In fact, one news report says that many people are returning to confession because of Pope Francis and his support of the New Evanglization. In Latin America, many people who have not been to confession in a very long time are returning to the sacrament because of what they heard Pope Francis say. According to Catholic News Service:
Officials of the new evangelization council spoke during a press briefing about Year of Faith activities with Pope Francis May 18-19 for members of lay movements and associations.
Movements and groups including Focolare, Communion and Liberation, the charismatic renewal, the Neocatechumenal Way, Shalom and the U.S.-based Fellowship of Catholic University Students are often on the front lines of new evangelization, Archbishop Fisichella said.
“Many young people, men and women in these church groups have not only rediscovered the faith they lost along the way or a faith that had become sterile and indifferent, but they have undergone a real conversion of their lives,” he said.
The archbishop said the groups’ strong identity, their consistency over time and their strong missionary bent often give them an advantage over parishes where the pastor changes every eight or nine years and the parish’s pastoral outreach changes with him.
People returning to confessions