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No. 31 • July - December 2000 • Page 274
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Confessionsin St. Peter's during the Jubilee

At the beginning of the Holy Year, the Central Committee for the Jubilee asked the Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Echevarría, to make available a priest of the Prelature for coordinating the penitential service in the Braccio di Carlo Magno, a building next to St. Peter’s Basilica. Msgr. Flavio Capucci was placed in charge of this, and Fr. Oscar Maixé was named as principal assistant.

More than a hundred priests helped out in this pastoral work, including members of the Roman Curia, and professors and students at pontifical universities. Many of them were priests of the Prelature of Opus Dei and members of the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross.

The availability of these confessions in the Braccio di Carlo Magno, where eight confessionals were installed, began on January 28, 2000, and ended on the morning of January 6, 2001. Thanks be to God, many thousands of pilgrims from countries all over the world approached the sacrament of penance during these months, especially on the occasion of World Youth Day and other special events of the Jubilee Year.

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