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|Canon 987.||In order that the faithful may receive the saving remedy of the sacrament of penance, they must be so disposed that, repudiating the sins they have committed and having the purpose of amending their lives, they turn back to God.|
|Canon 988.||§1 The faithful are bound to confess, in kind and in number, all grave sins committed after baptism, of which after careful examination of conscience they are aware, which have not yet been directly pardoned by the keys of the Church, and which have not been confessed in an individual confession.
§2 The faithful are recommended to confess also venial sins.
|Canon 989.||All the faithful who have reached the age of discretion are bound faithfully to confess their grave sins at least once a year.|
|Canon 990.||No one is forbidden to confess through an interpreter, provided however that abuse and scandal are avoided, and without prejudice to the provision of can.
|Canon 991.||All Christ’s faithful are free to confess their sins to lawfully approved confessors of their own choice, even to one of another rite.|
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