Colombia's Catholic Church holds mall 'confession'

2017-08-21 08:40


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Bogota - A shopping centre northwest of Bogota became an unlikely confessional on Sunday, as part of an event by Colombia's Catholic Church ahead of next month's visit by Pope Francis.

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 guerrilla 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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