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Vatican presents pope's Lenten message, a call to action amid global challenges

The pope's Lenten message for 2020 focuses on the Biblical passage: “We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” It revolves around the urgent need for conversion and dialogue, which he says come about through the contemplation of Jesus' death and resurrection.

Prefect of Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
“However, this time the Holy Father includes, in the contemplation of a suffering, crucified Jesus, not only the figure of Jesus, but all people around the world who are in situations of suffering.”

In the midst of the coronavirus epidemic, Dr. Mariella Enoc, president of the Bambino Gesù Hospital in Rome, reiterates the need to care for infected people everywhere. She says her biggest concern is that the virus will spread to Africa, where she thinks it might be more difficult to contain.

President of Bambino Gesù Hospital, Rome
“Everything that is being done here in Italy for a few cases wouldn't be doable there. Of course we should make sure to take all necessary precautions and receive medical attention for ourselves. However, we shouldn't think we are the only ones with the right to be treated.”

This Lenten call for prayer, dialogue and generosity thus holds extra weight in these challenging times. It is directed to every individual, in the hope of promoting personal conversion that can translate into concrete action for the common good.

Claudia Torres