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‘God Does Not Tire of Forgiving,’ Pope Tells Prisoners

Reminds Prisoners Lent Is a Time to Be Renewed, Reconcile

“Dear brothers and sisters who are in prison, I encourage each one of you to live the Lenten Season as an occasion for reconciliation and renewal of your life, under the merciful gaze of the Lord, who never tires of forgiving.”

Pope Francis offered this message to the incarcerated after the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, on Sunday, February 18, 2018, the First Sunday of Lent.

“At the beginning of Lent, which is a journey of conversion and a struggle against evil, I wish to address special greetings to imprisoned persons,” said the Holy Father, who has reached out to and visited prisoners on several occasions.

Pope Francis highlighted Lent as a time of “reconciliation.”

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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