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Pope Francis explains the origin of the Jubilee in the Bible

During the general audience, the Pope explained the origin of the Jubilee that the people of Israel celebrate every 50 years since antiquity. It was a time when the "debts were annulled, the lands were returned.” This was a form of fighting off poverty and [...]
Tags: Church, Solidarity, Lent, Sacred Scripture

24 Hours for the Lord

In his 2015 Lenten Message, Pope Francis asks the faithful to take part in the "24 Hours for the Lord" initiative, on 13-14 March, in order to place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the center of the Church's mission for the new evangelization. Pope Francis [...]
Tags: Love of God, Charity, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Following Christ, Lent, Penance, Forgiveness, mercy

Pope: Pray that the Roman Curia and I may listen to the voice of Jesus

Video. (Rome Reports). During his weekly Angelus prayer, Pope Francis discussed the Gospel passage about how Jesus was tempted in the desert. "The desert is the place where the voice of God and the voice of the tempter can be heard. In the noise, in [...]
Tags: Retreat, Rome, Lent, Angelus, Pope Francis

Pope Francis Lenten Message: Stop the Globalization of Indifference

In this year's Lenten message, Pope Francis highlighted the importance of embracing a conversion of the heart. He also warned about the dangers of indifference. As a way to counteract this social ill, he stresses the importance of educating the heart in mercy. The message was [...]
Tags: Charity, Conversion, Love, Lent, mercy

Pope's Angelus: Mercy is greater than any prejudice

Thousands of pilgrims came to St. Peter's Square on Sunday despite the heavy rain to listen to the Pope's Angelus. He talked about the episode when Jesus meets the Samaritan woman. For the Pope, Jesus didn't pay attention to the "hostility that existed between Jews [...]
Tags: Lent, Pope Francis, mercy

Pope's Angelus: The devil is too clever. Don't talk to him

Sun and even heat welcomed the thousands of pilgrims who came to St. Peter's on Sunday. In the first Angelus of Lent, Pope Francis talked about temptation. In particular, the moment when Jesus is tempted by the devil. He emphasized that Jesus teaches how to overcome [...]
Tags: Conversion, Lent, Pope Francis

How to live out Lent, according to Pope Francis

Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis at Wednesday's General Audience to Lent. He defined it as a time of conversion."Lent is a strong point. It's a turning point that can favor within all of us a change, a conversion. We all need to improve, to change, [...]
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Video. Every year, on the feast-day of Mrs Dolores Escrivá, Saint Josemaría's mother, the whole family waited in joyous anticipation for the dessert they always had that day: ... crespillos! The recipe for crespillos is one you can make for your family. It's easy and [...]
Tags: family, Lent, Holy Week

Pray for me and the future Pope

Even though only 3500 tickets had been distributed for this Wednesday’s general audience, thousands more flocked to the Paul VI hall hoping to gain access for Pope Benedict XVI’s penultimate audience with pilgrims. As soon as the Holy Father emerged onto the stage from the side [...]
Tags: Pope, Pope Benedict XVI, Rome, Lent

Living Lent in the Year of Faith

Believing in charity calls forth charity “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us” (1 Jn 4:16) Dear Brothers and Sisters, The celebration of Lent, in the context of the Year of Faith, offers us a valuable opportunity to [...]
Tags: Lent, Year of Faith