Novel New Confessionals Erected for World Youth Day

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

Young people who want to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation at World Youth Day will be able to do so in ultra-modern portable confessionals that resemble a sailing ship and will sport the pope’s logo.

Round Town News is reporting that 200 portable confessional boxes are being erected along the Paseo de Coches in Madrid to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of youth who will be attending World Youth Day on August 16-21. The new boxes are white and resemble small sails with Pope Benedict XVI’s logo on the top.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be made available in 20 languages throughout the festivities, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on every day except Saturday when confessions will be heard from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

A small army of 2,000 priests will be manning the confessionals throughout the event, which will conclude with an open-air Mass with the pope on Sunday, August 21.
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