Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here
Start your day in a beautiful way: Subscribe to Aleteia's daily newsletter here.
Sign me up!

Not Prepared to Donate?

Here are 5 ways you can still help Aleteia:

  1. Pray for our team and the success of our mission
  2. Talk about Aleteia in your parish
  3. Share Aleteia content with friends and family
  4. Turn off your ad blockers when you visit
  5. Subscribe to our free newsletter and read us daily
Thank you!
Team Aleteia



24-Hour availability for confession to focus on “Nor do I condemn you”


Now in its 6th year, this initiative of Pope Francis continues its global reach.

The “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative will be held again in 2019, for the sixth consecutive year, according to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization on Twitter.

This year, the program of prayer and confessions will focus on the theme “Nor do I condemn you,” from John 8:11, a phrase that Christ addressed to a woman who, according to John the Evangelist, had been caught in adultery.

To enable “all parishes and ecclesial and religious communities to prepare themselves to live this event in the best way possible,” a booklet has been published in Italian by the Pontifical Council mentioned above.

Read more: 6 Ways to examine your conscience for Confession

“24 Hours for the Lord” is a regular event that coincides with the fourth weekend of Lent in Rome, though parishes across the globe may choose different dates.

On the evening of Friday, March 29, and throughout the day of Saturday, March 30, churches will be open and confessors available, to provide an opportunity for believers to access the sacrament of confession.

Initially limited to a few Roman churches, this event now takes place in dioceses around the world, as far from Rome as Mongolia and Alaska. In Rome, the 24 hours will begin with a penitential liturgy presided over by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Read more: Confession, reconciliation, penance: Why so many names for one sacrament?

Read more: The seal of confession: What it is and why it should be protected

Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.
Aleteia offers you this space to comment on articles. This space should always reflect Aleteia values.
[See Comment Policy]
Readers like you contribute to Aleteia's Mission.

Since our inception in 2012, Aleteia’s readership has grown rapidly worldwide. Our team is committed to a mission of providing articles that enrich, inspire and inform a Catholic life. That's why we want our articles to be freely accessible to everyone, but we need your help to do that. Quality journalism has a cost (more than selling ads on Aleteia can cover). That's why readers like you make a major difference by donating as little as $3 a month.