Lenten Message Focuses on Mercy and Care for the Poor

In Pope Francis' Lenten message, he talks about the corrupting influence of money and power and points out that caring for the poor, and not just praying for them, is the path to genuine conversion, reports the National Catholic Reporter (NCR).

The organizing principle of the Lenten message is mercy -- just as it is the hallmark of this pontificate and the theme of the special Holy Year jubilee that Francis inaugurated last month.

"For all of us, then, the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year is a favorable time to overcome our existential alienation by listening to God's word and by practicing the works of mercy," he writes.

"These works remind us that faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbors in body and spirit: by feeding, visiting, comforting and instructing them. On such things will we be judged."

Read Pope Francis' full message for Lent (2016).

Read the news report on Pope Francis' Lenten message at the National Catholic Reporter.


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