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‘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

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.”

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': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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