Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2018


“Because of the increase of inquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”.[1] Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.

With this message, I would like again this year to help the entire Church experience this time of grace anew, with joy and in truth. I will take my cue from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (24:12).

These words appear in Christ’s preaching about the end of time. They were spoken in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, where the Lord’s passion would begin. In reply to a question of the disciples, Jesus foretells a great tribulation and describes a situation in which the community of believers might well find itself: amid great trials, false prophets would lead people astray and the love that is the core of the Gospel would grow cold in the hearts of many...

Pope Francis Meets the Missionaries of Mercy

Rome, April 8-11, 2018

24 ore per il Signore

Pope Francis wishes to invite all the Missionaries of Mercy to Rome for a few days of sharing and formation, the highpoint of which will be concelebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Square and a special audience with the Holy Father.

The Holy Father’s invitation is open to all those Missionaries of Mercy who have indicated their wish to continue in this service subsequent to the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, and who have already received their Decree of Confirmation.

An individual invitation has been send to each Missionary of Mercy at the email address on file at the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. Should a Missionary failed to have received the invitation, or for any other question concerning any matter relating to the Missionaries of Mercy, he should get in touch with the Pontifical Council immediately at:

The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization is grateful to all the Missionaries of Mercy and supports their ministry in the world in order that, through the grace of forgiveness, God’s mercy may extend to the ends of the earth.

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