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Adding to his rare acts of humility, Pope Francis confessed in Public while leading a penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica.

When it came to the point in the service for attendees to attend confession, the pope was led to an empty booth where he could hear the confessions of the faithful.

The pope walked over to a confessional and knelt before a priest in public. He then proceeded to confess his sins where everyone could see him. After he finished, the pope went into a nearby empty confessional and heard confessions for about 40 minutes.

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The new pope has been known to break from tradition. Soon after being ordained, the pope paid his own hotel bill, chose not to live in the palatial apartment popes have lived in for centuries and dressed in simpler vestments than his predecessors.