In the South American nation of Colombia – where an estimated 70 percent of the population identifies as Catholic – it is not unusual to encounter Catholic priests at a cathedral, or perhaps at a religious school or hospital.
Seeing scores of priests at a shopping mall, on the other hand, is a less frequent occurrence.
But for thousands of shoppers at Gran Estación Mall in Bogota, Colombia last week, that’s exactly what happened.
Some 350 priests congregated at the mall to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation in a “Confess-a-thon” held Oct. 6-7.
Shoppers were surprised to see the priests, who were spread out at different stations throughout the mall, offering opportunities for Confession, or just to talk.
Many took advantage of the opportunity.
“It’s good to draw near to the Lord, to be reconciled, to give up all this evil,” said Luz Alba, a woman at the Bogota mall, according to the Colombian Bishops Conference.
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