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Vatican Collaborates in Documentary on Confession for Year of Mercy

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The Ends of the Earth Have Seen His Mercy

HM Television and Apostolic Penitentiary: program on Confession for Jubilee Year of Mercy.

HM Television, in collaboration with the Apostolic Penitentiary, present “The Ends of the Earth Have Seen His Mercy,” a documentary on the Sacrament of Penance, on the occasion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. 

Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza; Regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Archbishop Krzysztof Nykiel; Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Archbishop Arthur Roche; the penitentiaries of the four major basilicas of Rome and other experts on the subject help us to enter more deeply into the unfathomable mystery of God’s mercy.

The program opens with a glimpse into the Old Testament to discover “a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity, continuing his kindness for a thousand generations, and forgiving wickedness and crime and sin” (Ex 34:6-7).

What follows is a presentation of Jesus Christ as the Revelation and Incarnation of the Father: “We see the closeness of God our Heavenly Father to us through the Incarnation, through His Son becoming flesh like us, living amongst us” (Archbishop Arthur Roche).

The central part of the program is dedicated to a reflection on the Sacrament of Penance, the instrument God uses to administer His mercy in the forgiveness of sins. The program offers a commentary on the basic requirements for making a good confession as well as an explanation of the needs and effects of reconciliation with God: “When a confession is made with faith, everything falls back into place, because the Lord is always ready to receive us, like the father from the parable of the Prodigal Son. With arms wide open, He awaits us in the confessional. All we have to do is be sincere and have contrition in our hearts” (Cardinal Mauro Piacenza).

The program concludes with a brief reflection on how priests should dedicate themselves to this ministry and a look at the indulgences the Church grants penitents.  

The program includes interviews with:

-Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary

-Archbishop Arthur Roche, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

-Archbishop Krzysztof Nykiel, Regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary

-Fr. Fr. Ján Ďačok, SI, Theologian of the Apostolic Penitentiary

-Fr. Pedro Fernández, OP, Penitentiary of the Basilica of St. Mary Major

-Fr. Ciro Stanzione, OFM, Penitentiary of the Basilica of St. John Lateran

-Fr. Kevin Hanley, OFM, Penitentiary of the Basilica of St. Peter (Vatican)

-Fr. Roberto Dotta, OSB, Penitentiary of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls

“The Ends of the Earth Have Seen His Mercy” has a running time of approximately 30 minutes and is available in Spanish, English, and Italian.

Click the following link to view the trailer: 


Click the following link to view the program in its entirety:

Spanish: DVD version of the program (in all three languages) is available for purchase on the EUK Mamie Foundation website:

It can also be downloaded free of charge, with the possibility of making a donation to HM Television to help support future productions.

Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, and not rather that they should turn from their ways and live?” (Ezk 18:23) 


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