- Jul 8, 2020
After cancelling all public engagements outside of his residence for the past three days, Pope Francis on Sunday appeared for his usual Sunday Angelus address but announced that he will not attend his week-long spiritual retreat due to his ongoing cold.
When Pope Francis asked 50-year-old Benedictine Abbot Bernardo Gianni to lead his Lenten retreat, the abbot said he told the pope he felt “very inadequate.”
On Friday Pope Francis returned from his week-long Lenten spiritual exercises in Ariccia, where he and members of the Roman Curia have been on their annual retreat since Sunday afternoon.
The yearning for one’s soul to be quenched must not be confused with longing for worldly desires, a Portuguese priest told Pope Francis and senior members of the Roman Curia during their Lenten retreat.
Father Jose Tolentino de Mendonca, who also serves as vice rector of the Catholic University of Lisbon, will guide Pope Francis and top members of the Roman Curia in their meditations Feb. 18-23 at a retreat house in Ariccia, outside of Rome.
Pope Francis will visit Milan and Carpi during this Lenten season. The build-up to Easter will also include the Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square and the Way of the Cross at the Coliseum on the evening of Good Friday.