Bogota (AFP) | 21 August 2017 1:08
Seated on plastic chairs, 20 priests heard the sins of those seeking forgiveness at the so-called “Confessathon,” as a nearby carousel began to turn.
“As a Mexican priest, it’s striking to me that an event this important can happen in a shopping mall,” 45-year-old participant Efren Velasquez told AFP.
The event fell weeks before papal visit to Colombia from September 6-10.
Francis backed the agreement that sealed peace with the FARC, once the country’s largest guerilla group, after half a century of armed conflict.
Mirian Aguilera came to confess for the first time in several years. The unemployed 55-year-old told AFP that perhaps mass should be held in malls, parks or other public space.
“God is everywhere, not just in the churches,” she said.
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