|Vatican||HOLY SEE OPENS CONFESSION AREA NEAR ST. PETER'S FOR JUBILEE|
To underscore the sacrament of reconciliation's particular importance in the Holy Year, Vatican officials equipped a special area off St. Peter's Square with confessionals for jubilee pilgrims.
Inaugurated last week, the confession room in the Braccio di Carlo Magno, one of the two wings linking the square's colonnade with the basilica, was furnished with eight confessionals, serving various languages.
Officials said the new confession area was independent of, and in addition to, the array of permanent confessionals inside St. Peter's Basilica. Anticipating a heavier flow of penitents during the jubilee year, the basilica more than doubled its staff to 27 full-time confessors.
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