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Pope Francis will celebrate the Word of God Sunday on Sunday the 23rd

Pope Francis will preside over the celebration for the Sunday of the Word of God on February 23 in St. Peter's Basilica. 

He was unable to preside over this ceremony last year due to complications with his sciatica. It must have been difficult for him to step aside, as the Pope himself established the celebration in 2019.

"The Word that saves does not go looking for well-preserved, clean, safe places. It comes into our complexities, into our darkness. Today, as then, God desires to visit those places where we think He doesn't go."

His goal was to create a day to remind Catholics of the importance of knowing Scripture, and for its inagural celebration, he gave bibles to several of the participants. 

The Sunday of the Word is celebrated on the third Sunday of Ordinary Time after Christmas.