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Pope invites the faithful to embrace the paschal mystery as the basis for conversion

Pope Francis celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass on March 1, 2017, at the Basilica of Santa Sabina, Rome. Photo: L’Osservatore Romano

In his message for Lent this year, Pope Francis points to the paschal mystery — the mystery of Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection — as the basis of conversion.

The message bears the subtitle: “We implore you on behalf of Christ: be reconciled to God,” a quote from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians.

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