Pope Francis marks the beginning of Lent with a Message entitled "The Word is a gift. The other is a gift. "
Lent 2016 starts on wednesday 10th, February. In this occasion, is published the Pope Francis's message, entitled : "I desire Mercy and not sacrifices"
Among the events marking the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Holy Father has asked the Pontifical Council Cor Unum to propose a spiritual retreat day during Lent 2016.
Announced by Pope Francis on 13 March 2015, the extraordinary Holy Year will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the closure of Vatican II and will be the subject of a great Jubilee on the theme of Mercy.
SSVP as well as about fifty Catholic organizations were present at the Pontifical Council to discuss the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East area