Pope Francis in the Lenten Message says Lent is a “sacramental sign of our conversion that summons Christians, to come back to the Lord by avoiding sin, ensure repentance supported by the Gospel.
He has also warned of false prophets, who are aiming at profits, through disseminating wrong gospel.
Pope Francis says Charity is important during this period and what destroys charity is greed for money.
The earth is poisoned by carelessness and self-interest with uncontrolled pollution that is affecting humanity and victims of forced migration are major challenges causing death.
He announced a the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative, which invites the entire Church community to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration, on Friday, 9 March to Saturday, 10 March where In each diocese, at least one church will remain open for twenty-four consecutive hours, offering an opportunity for both Eucharistic adoration and sacramental confession.