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Pope Francis: Fix your eyes on crucified Lord

In an official release from the Vatican, Pope Francis' message for Lent 2020 urged Catholics to embrace the mystery of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

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Pope Francis leaves after delivering a speech at the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park on November 24, 2019, in Nagasaki, Japan. |

Even in human weakness, God is always engaging in a "dialogue of salvation with us," the pope said.

“Putting the paschal mystery at the centre of our lives means feeling compassion towards the wounds of the crucified Christ present in the many innocent victims of wars, in attacks on life, from that of the unborn to that of the elderly, and various forms of violence,” he said.

Francis also underscored the importance of prayer during Lent, as a means of responding to the love of God.

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