Vatican City, Feb 24, 2020 / 03:34 am
There is an urgent need for personal conversion, without which the temptations of Satan, and the presence of evil, create a "hell here on earth," Pope Francis said Monday in his 2020 Lenten message.
"Christian joy flows from listening to, and accepting, the Good News of the death and resurrection of Jesus," he said. "Whoever believes this message rejects the lie that our life is ours to do with as we will."
Rather, the pope said, life is born of the love of God our Father.
"If we listen instead to the tempting voice of the 'father of lies,' we risk sinking into the abyss of absurdity, and experiencing hell here on earth, as all too many tragic events in the personal and collective human experience sadly bear witness," he stated.