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Pope, Curia leaders enter week-long Lenten Retreat

February 27, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI and the leaders of the Roman Curia began their Lenten Retreat on Sunday evening, February 26.

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Congo, is the preacher for this year’s spiritual exercises, which are held in the Redemptoris Mater chapel of the apostolic palace. The week-long retreat will conclude on Saturday, March 3.

During the retreat, the Pope and his top aides pray the Liturgy of the Hours together and have daily Mass, Benediction, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as well as preached meditations and ample time for personal reflection. During the Lenten Retreat there are no papal audiences and the work of curial offices is curtailed as the top Vatican officials devote themselves to a week of prayer and meditation.


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