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Pope, Vatican officials begin Lenten Retreat

March 14, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI and the leaders of the Roman Curia begin their annual Lenten Retreat on Sunday evening, March 13.

During the week-long spiritual exercises there will be no papal audiences, and the work of the Roman Curia is curtailed while top officials attend the retreat.

Father Francois-Marie Léthel, a French Carmelite priest, is preaching this year’s retreat. The theme for the retreat is: “The light of Christ in the heart of the Church: John Paul II and the theology of the saints.”


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