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Vatican rules out online confessions

The President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications has declared that it will never be possible for Catholics to confess their sins online.

Archbishop John Foley's statement was quoted by the Italian media.

"The Internet is a wonderful instrument for evangelization and pastoral service, but it will never be possible to confess online," Archbishop John Foley, the president of the special council, was quoted as saying.

He said that the document would say confession must always be carried out within the sacramental context of face-to-face meetings.