At the annual Ash Wednesday Mass, Pope Francis invited everyone to live the 40 days of Lent as a time to “pause” from things which keep us from virtue and to return home to the loving and merciful embrace of Jesus Christ.
On 13 March, 2013, Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. Upon stepping into the role of Pope, Bergoglio took the papal name Francis in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi.
On 13 February, 2008 – 10 years ago today – the then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised for the treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the policies that caused pain, trauma and suffering for those peoples.
Ash Wednesday is inextricably linked to Easter. After all, it marks the beginning of the Lent penance period that ends on Holy Thursday, the day before Good Friday. In churches during Lent, the colour purple is prominent, symbolising mourning and penance and churches may remove decorations and choose more solemn hymns, to reflect Lent’s sombre tone.
A delegation from the Holy See has gone to PyeongChang to be a part of the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.