Pope Francis and Curia take Bus to Abbey for Prayerful Spiritual Exercises during Lent

Spiritual Exercises begin for Pope, Roman Curia
On Sunday afternoon, Pope Francis arrives at the Casa Divin Maestro in the town of Arricia, just outside of Rome.
By Vatican News

Along with his collaborators in the Roman Curia, the Holy Father will be taking part in the week long Spiritual Exercises for the beginning of Lent.

The retreat will be lead by Abbot Bernardo Francesco Maria Gianni, head of the Olivetan Abbey of San Miniato al Monte. His reflections will focus on the theme “The City of Ardent Desires: For Paschal Looks and Gestures in the Life of the World”.

During the period of the Spiritual Exercises, all audiences at the Vatican, including the General Audience on Wednesday, are suspended. The Spiritual Exercises conclude on Friday, March 15th.
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