Pope Francis' prayer intention for March highlights the joy that the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) brings, and reminds us that it’s a loving and merciful encounter between us and God, writes Vatican News.

His new video message is full of hope, and he invites us to rediscover the power of personal renewal that the Sacrament of Confession has in our life.

He says: “Let us pray that we may experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the forgiveness and infinite mercy of God." The video opens with the Pope himself going to confession, “in order to be healed, to heal my soul".

Contact your parish priest about the availability of Confession. Read the full article on the Vatican News website here.