Monday, March 6, 2017

Look who is on retreat this week; prayers for the Holy Father!

Pope Departs for Week of Spiritual Exercises
Fr. Michelini Is Delivering Reflections to Pontiff and Roman Curia
Ariccia, Spiritual Exercices 2017 / © PHOTO.VA - OSSERVATORE ROMANO
Yesterday afternoon, Pope Francis departed to participate in his annual Lenten Spiritual Exercises at Casa ‘Gesù Divin Maestro’  (the Divine Master House) in the town of Ariccia near Rome.
For a week, the Holy Father will remain there praying with with members of the Roman Curia.
During his Sunday Angelus address, the Pope asked the faithful to pray for him and those who will be with him participating in the week long retreat. At 4 p.m., he and the Curia members got on their bus and by 6 p.m., they had arrived.
Meditations this year have been entrusted by the Pope to Father Giulio Michelini, O.F.M.  will lead the meditations, with the theme will be: “Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus according to Matthew.”
Fr. Ronchi will pronounce nine reflections in total and they generally will be held twice a day, with the exception of Friday, the last day which only will have a morning session, at 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m, on each session’s specific Gospel reading.
The activities of the Pope and members of the Curia will include morning and evening prayer, Eucharistic adoration and prayer.
The retreat will conclude on the morning of Friday, March 11th. Until then, all of the Pope’s activities, including the weekly General Audience are suspended.
Originally, the Spiritual Exercises took place in the Vatican, but Pope Francis moved them to the retreat house outside of Rome.
The Exercises will conclude on Friday, March 10.

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