Bogotá, Colombia, Oct 22, 2016 / 16:20 pm
For two days this week, a shopping mall in Bogota, Colombia was transformed into a "Confess-a-thon," as 120 priests administered the Sacrament of Reconciliation to shoppers and those passing by.
Priests from all over the country flocked to the Gran Estación Mall on Oct. 18-19 for the Confession event. This is the second time that the initiative has taken place. Last October, the first Confess-a-thon was held at the mall, with great success. Some 70 percent of the country is Catholic.
The Colombian Conference of Catholic Bishops said that the event is a sign of the Jubilee of Mercy that "is inspired by what the pontiff has asked for, to be a Church that reaches out, as a sign of the presence of God."
The event took place during the Faith Cup, a soccer tournament among priests to help build fraternity and outreach.