Since assuming control of the Catholic church last year, Pope Francis has made a habit of breaking with his predecessors. And in the latest such incident, the pope stunned those inside St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday when he publicly confessed his sins to a priest during that day’s service.
After reading a sermon at the service, the Pope was supposed to go hear other people’s confessions. However, he instead walked over to a very surprised priest and confessed to him for several minutes. The Pope regularly goes to confession, according to Reuters, though never in public.