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Lent - Cuaresma

From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday
40 days (if you exclude the Sundays)

3 2us by Fr Francis Selman on Lent   
& on the Transfiguration   
Evangelium by Fr Andrew Pinsent on Penance     

On the 1st Sunday of Lent 1979 Pope St John Paul II gave us his first encyclical - Redemptor Hominis, the Redeemer of Man.

Our Holy Father gives us a Lenten message each year, as well as a fab catechesis and homily on Ash Wednesday.

Messages by Pope Francis:

2017 - “The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift”
(cf Heb 10, 24) - in Arabic, Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese & Spanish

2016 - “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” The works of mercy on the Jubilee pathway
(cf Mt 9, 13) - in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese & Spanish

2015 - Strengthen your hearts
(cf Jas 5, 8) - in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese & Spanish

2014 - He became poor, so as to enrich us by his poverty      
(cf 2 Cor 8, 9) - in Albanican, Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese & Spanish

Messages by Papa Benedict XVI:

2013 - "Believing in charity calls forth charity"
“We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us”

(1 Jn 4, 16) - in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese & Spanish

2012 - "Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works"
(Heb 10, 24) - in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese & Spanish

2011 - “You were buried with him in Baptism, in which you were also raised with him.”
(cf Col 2, 12) - in Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese & Spanish

2010 - “The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ”
(cf Rm 3, 21-22) - in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Croatian, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese & Spanish

2009 - "He fasted for forty days and forty nights, after which He was very hungry"
(Mt 4, 1-2) - in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian & Spanish

2008 - “Christ made Himself poor for you”
(2 Cor 8, 9) - in Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish & Swedish

2007 - “They shall look on Him whom they have pierced”
(Jn 19, 37) - in Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish & Swedish

2006 - “Jesus, seeing the crowds, felt sorry for them”
(Mt 9, 36) - in Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish & Swedish

Messages by Saint John Paul II:

2005 - "Loving the Lord… means life to you, and length of days"
(Deut 30:20) - in Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian & Spanish

2004 - “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me
(Mt 18:5) - in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese & Spanish

2003 - "There is more happiness in giving than in receiving"
(Acts 20:35) - in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese & Spanish

2002 - “Freely you have received, freely give
(Mt 10:8) - in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

2001 - "Love is not resentful"
(1 Cor 13:5) - in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese & Spanish

Jubilee Year 2000 - "I am with you always, to the end of time"
(Mt 28:20) - in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1999 - The Lord will prepare a banquet for all peoples
(cf Is 25:6) - in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1998 - Come, 0 blessed of my Father, for I was poor, marginalized and you welcomed me!
- in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese & Spanish

1997 - "Come, O blessed of my Father, for I was homeless and you took me in" (Mt 25:34-35)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1996 - "Give them something to eat" (Mt 14:16)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1995 - "The Spirit of the Lord... has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim... recovery of sight to the blind." (Lk 4:18)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1994 - "The family is at the service of charity, charity is at the service of the family"
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1993 - Meditate upon the word of life which Christ left to his Church in order to enlighten the journey of each of her members
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1992 - "Called to share the table of creation"
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1991 - “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1990 - “I was a stranger and you welcomed me… I was a stranger and you did not welcome me” (Mt 25:35, 43)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1989 - “Give us this day our daily bread” (Mt 6:11)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1988 - “Is not this the fast that I choose… to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house? … Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say: ‘Here I am’” (Is 58:6,7,9)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1987 - “He has filled the hungry with good things, and has sent the rich away empty” (Lk 1:53)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1986 - “Through love be servants of one another” (Gal 5:13)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1985 - “Let all that you do be done in love… The grace of the Lord Jesus will be with you” (1 Cor 16:14, 23)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1984 - “When the Son of man comes in his glory…, he will say… ‘Come O blessed of my Father… for I was hungry and you gave me food…’” (Mt 25)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1983 - “And all who believed where together and had all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need” (Acts 2:44-45)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1982 - “Who is my neighbour?” (Lk 10:29)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1981 - “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:27)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1980 - “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1979 - “What has happened to Lent?”
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1978 - “Those who believed shared all things in common” (Acts 2:44)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1977 - the “acceptable time” for us to prepare to celebrate worthily the Paschal Mystery
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1976 - “We beg once again not to neglect the grace of God” (2 Cor 6:1)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1975 - “The poor you always have with you” (Jn 12:8)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1974 - a “break” which is demanded by the spirit of Lent
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

1973 - “This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: … sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own»”(Is 58: 6,7)
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish