This is very interesting. What he did was not that unusual for a catholic. Confession is a critical part of the believe system. Of course, this Pope is different so good for him. Pope Francis

Pope Francis stunned parishioners, faith leaders and his own master of ceremonies Friday when he broke protocol to do something wholly unexpected: he bowed down in front of the crowd at St. Peter’s Basilica and confessed his sins to an ordinary priest, Reuters reported. Typically, the pope goes to confession in private, so his decision was a departure from the past. Francis made the noteworthy move after uttering a sermon in which he covered the importance of confession in the Catholic faith.

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For those who don’t know, from Wikipedi …

 The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (commonly called ConfessionReconciliation or Penance) is one of seven sacraments of the Catholic Churchand sacred mysteries of Eastern Christianity, in which the faithful obtain divine mercy for the sins committed against God and neighbour and are reconciled with thecommunity of the Church