Festival of Forgiveness
200 original confessionals to prepare for this great festival of faith
An essential part on the road of faith for every Christian is the sacrament of Confession. For this reason, and specifically for World Youth Day, the Festival of Forgiveness has been organized from August 16th to 20thin the Retiro Park. The aim is to help prepare for this great festival of Faith, with the soul clean and the soul’s speedometer at zero.
For this, the WYD organization has situated 200 original confessionals along Paseo Del Duque Fernán Núñez, in the Retiro Park in the center of Madrid and which will be available for pilgrims who want to confess.
A festival for everybody
From Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th August, hundreds of priests will be available in turns to administer the sacrament of Confession in Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Polish, Portuguese and any other language that the confessor may master. The timetable will be Tuesday to Friday (from 10 am to 10 pm) and Saturday (from 10 am to 3 pm). The Holy Father will also go along to hear the Confession of some lucky young people.
All the confessionals will be situated in an orderly fashion in two rows in order to respect the privacy of the pilgrims. A sign will indicate the different languages in which the priest can hear Confession.
The Festival of Forgiveness will also have two confessionals specifically designed for the disabledand which will be clearly indicated. One will be for pilgrims with a hearing disability, who can confess with a priest in sign language. And the other will be especially adapted forpilgrims with a physical disability.
When World Youth Day is over, the confessionals will be used again for mass events or will be recycled.
In addition, pilgrims will be able to pray before the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, in a nearby marquee led by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. In this way preparation for Confession and Adoration are made easier.