Colombia’s Catholic church holds mall ‘confession’

A woman takes a selfie next to a life-size image of Pope Francis as part of a
A woman takes a selfie next to a life-size image of Pope Francis as part of a "Confessathon" in Bogota, ahead of his upcoming visit, on August 20, 2017. Pope Francis will make a special four-day visit to Colombia next month | © AFP | John Vizcaino

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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