By Msgr. Pierre Cibambo, Caritas Internationalis ecclesiastical advisor

In his Lent message this year, Pope Francis invites us all to “shake ourselves out of our torpor”. He invites us to hear “the cry of the poor and of the earth”, to change direction and to be moved to action. Read Pope Francis’ message.

The Holy Father asks us to put the Paschal Mystery at the center of our lives and “to feel compassion for the wounds of the crucified Christ in the many innocent victims of wars and tyrannies”. He asks us to focus on the countless forms of violence in the world, environmental disasters, the unequal distribution of the goods of the earth, the trafficking of people and all forms of rampant materialism.

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