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THE POPE INVITES TO “STOP, SEE AND BACK” TO GOD ON LENTEN

Rome / During his homily in the Roman Basilica of Santa Sabina, Pope Francis recommended taking advantage of the Lenten season that begins today Ash Wednesday to “reheat the heart” and adopt the attitude of “stopping, looking and returning” to the arms of God and his Gospel.

Thus, Pope Francis inaugurated a time he said is conducive to defeating the “demons” of apathy, resignation and distrust, often urged by those who take advantage of pain and uncertainty, and who “cauterize and paralyze the soul of the believing people. “

Paraphrasing St. Teresa of Calcutta, he said that “the fruit of faith is charity,” but added, “the fruit of distrust is apathy and resignation.”

In this sense, Francis recommended stopping and stop “running without meaning” because, he stressed, “that command to live accelerated disperses, divides and ends destroying the time of family, friendship or children.”

“Stop a little before the need to appear and be seen by all, to be continually on ‘billboard’, which makes you forget the value of privacy and recollection,” he said.

He also called to stand before “the haughty look, the fleeting and contemptuous comment that is born of the forgetfulness of tenderness”; before “the compulsion to want to control everything, to know everything, to devastate everything” and “before the emptiness of the instantaneous, momentary and fleeting that deprives us of our roots”.

Francis encouraged “to look” at the faces of families who, despite their hardships, “do not stop making their homes a school of love”; the “interpellant face of our children and youth charged with the future”; the face of the elderly and the face of the sick as “signs that prevent putting out charity.”

“Faces that in their vulnerability and service remind us that the value of each person can never be reduced to a question of calculation or utility,” defended Argentine pope.

Jorge Bergoglio also urged to pay attention to those who fell into error and to observe “the regretful face of so many who try to revert their mistakes and mistakes and, from their miseries and pains, they struggle to transform situations and move forward”.

Finally, Francis invited the faithful to “return to the yearning and expectant arms” of God and let him “heal the wounds of sin”.

Francis pronounced his homily after travelling in procession and wearing the purple paraments typical of the Lenten season the short distance that separates the church of San Anselmo from the Basilica of Santa Sabina, on the Roman hill of the Aventino.

Later he proceeded to the rite of the imposition of the ashes on the cardinals, members of the clergy and the faithful present at this ceremony that begins Lent, the 40-day liturgical season that will end on Holy Thursday, March 29. (February 14, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
La noticia habla…
A
de la homilía que celebrará el papa Francisco el Miércoles de Ceniza.
B
de unas declaraciones del papa Francisco a los medios de comunicación.
C
de lo que dijo el papa Francisco durante una homilía.
Question 2
El papa Francisco pidió a los fieles recogimiento en estos días.
A
No se sabe.
B
Es mentira.
C
Es verdad.
Question 3
El papa Francisco valora positivamente…
A
el hecho de que cada persona esté consigo misma y en recogimiento.
B
que todo el mundo quiera ser el centro de atención.
C
que haya personas solo quieran saber y conocer todo.
Question 4
En esa homilía el papa Francisco pidió superar la indiferencia.
A
Así es.
B
En absoluto.
C
Nadie lo sabe.
Question 5
El papa Francisco pronunció esas palabras el mismo día que terminó la Cuaresma.
A
Es posible.
B
Claro que sí.
C
Para nada.
Question 6
El papa Francisco dijo que no se puede valorar a una personas de forma cuantitativa.
A
Es verdad.
B
No se sabe.
C
Es mentira.
Question 7
En el vídeo se habla de…
A
una ceremonia que tuvo lugar en Jueves Santo.
B
una misa que dio el papa Francisco antes de Semana Santa.
C
una ceremonia celebrada en Viernes Santo.
Question 8
Según el vídeo, esa es una ceremonia de la Pasión de Cristo.
A
No se sabe.
B
Falso.
C
Verdadero.
Question 9
En el vídeo se dice que…
A
el papa Francisco no llegó a entrar en el recinto en penumbra.
B
el recinto estaba iluminado cuando entró el papa Francisco.
C
el papa Francisco entró en el recinto en penumbra.
Question 10
Según el vídeo, Raniero Cantalamessa…
A
considera que las cosas cambias en el mundo.
B
cree que es muy raro que las cosas cambien en el mundo.
C
piensa que no ha cambiado nada en el mundo.
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