Vatican City, Mar 2, 2012 / 09:04 am
The Vatican revealed details of the meditations being preached to Pope Benedict XVI during his weeklong Lenten retreat led by Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa in the Congo.
“To live in truth,” the cardinal told the Pope, “is is to live according to the Beatitudes. It means repudiating the lies of our words and actions. It means rejecting the hypocrisy which impels us to appear other than as we are.”
In a Vatican communiqué released on March 2, the Cardinal said this is as true for the Church collectively as it is for each individual “so that the truth of Christ's Gospel may be known and lived.”
Since Sunday evening, Cardinal Pasinya has been leading the Pope and the Roman Curia in three meditations a day interspersed with praying the Divine Office and Eucharistic Adoration. As a result, all private and public Papal engagements were canceled this week including Wednesday’s General Audience.