VATICAN CITY — In his Ash Wednesday homily, Pope Francis said the time of Lent is a call to leave hypocrisy behind and reconcile with God through fasting, charity and prayerful tears before our merciful Father.
Before Mass, in keeping with papal tradition for Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis began the Lenten liturgy with a procession, during which he walked from Rome’s Sant’Anselmo Church to the Church of Santa Sabina on Aventine Hill.
“I ask you a question: Do I cry? Does the Pope cry? Do cardinals cry? Do bishops cry? Do consecrated men and women cry? Do priests cry?” the Pope asked during his Feb. 18 Ash Wednesday Mass.
This question led to his focus in the homily: “weeping in prayer.”