The Vatican released Pope Francis’ 2018 Message for Lent on Tuesday, February 6. The Pope began his annual message describing a world where there are signs of the end time, with false prophets and coldness in the human heart, stating “I will take my cue from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: ‘Because of the increase in iniquity, the love of many will grow cold’ (24:12).” He labeled these false prophets “snake charmers” who attempt to manipulate human emotions “in order to enslave others and lead them where they would have them go.” Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to observe the three pillars of Lent – prayer, fasting and almsgiving – for the grace to withstand these “great tribulations.”
The Holy Father also announced another “moment of grace” during Lent, the 24 Hours for the Lord Initiative. At least one church in each diocese will remain open for twenty-four hours from Friday, March 9, to Saturday, March 10, 2018 for the church community to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation through Eucharistic adoration. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018.
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