Pope and Roman Curia to enter week-long Lenten Retreat
February 19, 2010
The annual Lenten Retreat at the Vatican will begin on Sunday evening, February 21. Pope Benedict XVI and the leaders of the Roman Curia are expected to participate in the week-long spiritual exercises, which will conclude on Saturday, February 27.
A Salesian priest, Father Enrico Dal Covolo, has been chosen by Pope Benedict to preach this year's Lenten Retreat. His general topic for the meditations, reflecting the common theme of the Year for Priests, is "The Lessons of God and of the Church on the Priestly Vocation." The spiritual exercises will be held in the Redemptoris Mater chapel of the apostolic palace.
During the week of the Lenten Retreat, Vatican offices are closed and papal audiences are cancelled.