Benedict XVI to Hear Youths' Confessions

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ROME, MARCH 22, 2007 ( Next Thursday, Benedict XVI will hear the confessions of young people from the Diocese of Rome during a penitential service for youth.

Monsignor Mauro Parmeggiani, the director of youth ministry for the Vicariate of Rome, announced that the Pope will hear confessions in St. Peter's Basilica on March 29, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Rome time.

The penitential service will prepare for the diocesan-level World Youth Day, to be held April 1, Palm Sunday.

In a letter, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Benedict XVI's vicar general for the Diocese of Rome, invited "all the young people of the city to participate in this important ecclesial moment of prayer with the Pope."