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New York: churches offers 24 hours of Confession for Lent

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The Cathedral of Saint Patrick and 51 more churches in the Archdiocese of New York, have held the second annual 24 Hours of Confessions project for the 2010 Lenten Season.  Last year 20 Manhattan parishes took part. This year 51 parishes opened their doors from 7am on Friday, March 5 to 7am Saturday, March 6.  Altogether the participating parishes have  will have kept their doors open for a grand total of over 275 hours in this 24-hour period.

Mario Bruschi, Director of the Cathedral of Saint Patrick Young Adults, said: “Catholics need to know that confession is all about God’s forgiveness and love and that the priest is there for them. In this Year of the Priest, the priests of the Archdiocese of New York are making a tremendous sacrifice to hear people’s confessions, to counsel them, and to give them comfort...reminding people that confession can restore us when we sin. They are living the great example of St John Vianney and St Padre Pio, by bringing people back to Jesus Christ through this sacrament.”

In an effort to increase availability of this Sacrament, several other American dioceses are also opening confessionals for additional hours during the time of Lent.

Source: Fides