Pope Francis today welcomed the Advent season with a reminder for the faithful around the world that it is a time of  “expectation and hope”.

His remarks came in his commentary before praying the noonday Angelus with the pandemic-limited crowd of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

“Today’s liturgy invites us to live the first ‘important Season’, which is that of Advent, the first of the liturgical year, Advent, which prepares us for Christmas, and therefore it is a time of expectation and a time of hope. Expectation and hope,” Pope Francis said. “Advent is a continuous call to hope: it reminds us that God is present in history to lead it to its ultimate goal and to lead us to its fullness, which is the Lord, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Praise the Lord

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