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Pope Invites Faithful to Experience God's Mercy in '24 Hours for the Lord' Initiative

Holy Father Will Open the Penitential Liturgy

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Next Friday, in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis will celebrate the penitential liturgy for the traditional ’24 Hours for the Lord’ initiative.
At the conclusion of his General Audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, the Pope recalled this event, promoted by the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, encouraging faithful to participate.
“I hope that our churches can remain open long to welcome those who wish to prepare for Easter, celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation, and, in this way,  experience God’s mercy.”

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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