Half Way Through Lent, Pope Offers Encouragement

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 30, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Thursday marks the 20th day of Lent (the half-way point), and Benedict XVI today offered encouragement as the season continues.

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He mentioned this liturgical time in his traditional greeting to youth, the sick and newlyweds, by which he concludes the general audience.

“May the Lenten season, with its repeated invitations to conversion, lead you dear young people, to an ever more conscious love of Christ and his Church,” he said.

The Pope noted his hope that Lent would help those suffering illness to grow in “the certainty that the crucified Lord supports you in your trials.”

Finally, he said to newlyweds: May Lent “make of your conjugal life a path of constant growth in faithful and generous love.”

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