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Papal preacher begins Lenten homilies

Catholic World News - March 14, 2014

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the pontifical household, delivered the first in a series of Lenten homilies on Friday morning, March 14, in the Redemptoris Mater chapel of the apostolic palace.

The Lenten homilies are traditionally delivered by the papal preacher on the Fridays of the full weeks in Lent. The series will continue with meditations on March 21 and 28 and April 4 and 11, ending before Holy Week.

Ordinarily the weekly homilies are attended by the Pope and leaders of the Roman Curia. This week, however, the Vatican leaders were absent, since they just completing their week-long Lenten Retreat.

As the theme for this year’s homilies, Father Cantalamessa has chosen: “On the shoulders of giants: The great truths of our faith contemplated with the Fathers of the Latin Church.”

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