· Spiritual Exercises for the Roman Curia begin in Ariccia ·
On Sunday, 22 February, Pope Francis went to to Ariccia to participate in spiritual exercises for Lent at the House of the Divin Maestro of the Pauline Fathers. During the week, the Preacher, Carmelite Fr Bruno Secondin, will present a pastoral reading of the Prophet Elijah's theme of “Servants and Prophets of the Living God”.
Aboard one of the two buses which left the Vatican for Ariccia, the Pope arrived at the Residence at 4:40 pm. He was welcomed by Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Substitute of the Secretary of State; Fr Leonardo Sapienza, Regent of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household; Fr Valdir José De Castro, Superior General of the Society of St Paul, along with the religious community of Ariccia.
Then at 6 pm Francis participated in Eucharistic Adoration and the celebration of Vespers, listening to the preacher's introduction in which he reflected on the invitation “leave your own ‘village’”. The next day, 23 February, they focused on Elijah's “school of mercy” and following his example of leading a “life on the periphery”, after a Eucharistic celebration on the theme: “Go East, hide yourself and return to your roots”.
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