Monday, February 18, 2013

What's the Pope doing? Details on his current spiritual retreat

February 18, 2013. ( This week, Benedict XVI will not be seen in public. On Sunday afternoon he began a spiritual retreat, to reflect on the first week of Lent. These spiritual exercises have become part of a tradition now, where the Pope stops all activities and gathers in prayer with other members of the Roman Curia.

But of course, this time around the retreat coincides with the last days of his pontificate, making it even more appealing to the public. Italian Cardinal, Gianfranco Ravasi will be leading the spiritual exercises.

President, Pontifical Council for Culture
“We begin these days with great excitement. They are days of solitude, silence, meditation,with all my brothers and friends here present. We come to show our affection, of our gratitude, and our admiration.”

Cardinal Ravasi is an active user of the social networking sites, especially Twitter. So he has decided to write posts that summarize the key messages of the day. In fact, it's the same message Benedict XVI will be hearing in Rome's Redemptoris Mater chapel.

Another way to keep up to date, is to actually listen to some of the reflections and meditations, Cardinal Ravasi will give on a daily basis. They will be uploaded, in Italian, on the Vatican Radio's website, every afternoon.

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