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March 14, 2016

Montco priest gets papal powers from Vatican

Clergyman can forgive sins usually reserved to Holy See

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Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, located on Logan Circle just off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is considered the spiritual center for the archdiocese’s 1.4 million Catholics.

A Montgomery County priest is among about 1,000 of those chosen by the Vatican to go forth and absolve sins normally reserved for the pope.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Monday that Reverend Monsignor George A. Majoros, a parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish in Bridgeport, has been commissioned by Pope Francis as a Missionary of Mercy.

Majoros will serve the archdiocese and be available by invitation by other bishops to forgive sins that the Catholic Church usually "reserves to the Holy See."

Those sins including defiling the Eucharist, a priest breaking the secrecy of confession and a man participating in an abortion, including paying for it and later trying to become a priest.

Majoros' tenure as a Missionary of Mercy will run through the church's Jubilee Year of Mercy, which ends Nov. 20, 2016.