General Audience © L'Osservatore Romano

'Live This Time in Authentic Penitential Spirit & Conversion, As a Return to the Father, Who Awaits All With Open Arms'

Pope’s Lenten Advice to Young, Newlyweds, and Sick

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Live this time in an authentic penitential spirit and conversion, as a return to the Father, who awaits all with open arms…
This was at the heart of Pope Francis’ Lenten advice to young people, the sick, and newlyweds during his March 6, 2019, General Audience in St. Peter’s Square.
Saying he had something special to convey to the young people, the sick and newlyweds, the Holy Father gave the following recommendations for the Lenten journey that began today, with Ash Wednesday.
“Today, Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten journey. I wish each of you to live this time in an authentic penitential spirit and conversion, as a return to the Father, who awaits all with open arms to admit us to the most intimate communion with Him.”

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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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