Pope's quotes: Absolution

A quote from Pope Francis:

"Every repentant faithful, after the priest's absolution, has the certainty, through faith, that his sins no longer exist, that they have been canceled by divine mercy. Every absolution is, in a certain sense, a jubilee of the heart, that brings joy not only to the faithful and the Church, but above all to God Himself. It is important, therefore, that the confessor also be a 'channel of joy', and that the faithful, after receiving forgiveness, no longer feel oppressed by guilt but may instead savor the work of God Who has liberated him, live in gratitude, be ready to make amends for the evil committed, and reach out to his brothers with a good and willing heart."

-- Audience with participants of Apostolic Penitentiary, March 4, 2016

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