The above Vatican News video features the pope’s prayer intention for the month of March which focusses on the sacrament of reconciliation.
In the video Pope Francis talks about the spiritual beauty of reconciliation and what it means to him.
“When I go to confession, it is in order to be healed, to heal my soul,” the pope says.
“To leave with greater spiritual health. To pass from misery to mercy,” he says.
“The center of confession is not the sins we declare, but the divine love we receive, of which we are always in need.
“The center of confession is Jesus who waits for us, who listens to us and forgives us.
“Remember this: In the heart of God, we come before our mistakes.
“And let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the forgiveness and infinite mercy of God. And let us pray that God may give his Church merciful priests and not torturers,” he adds.