Papal message for Lent

Lent 2011 is two weeks away – with Ash Wednesday being 9 March this year – so the Vatican has published the Holy Father’s Message for Lent for this year. The pope draws upon the topics of his three previous Lenten messages, in which he focussed on fasting, almsgiving and prayer as the three pillars of the Lenten period, offering a summary and synthesis. He takes us through the Gospel readings of the Sundays of Lent, and links it all back to the Sacrament of Baptism. “The journey of conversion towards Easter leads us to rediscover our Baptism,” he writes.

Go and read the message in English here or in Dutch here.

Photo credit: REUTERS/Max Rossi

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