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Pope offers "spiritual medicine" to pilgrims at Angelus

A member of the faithful holds up a box of "Misericordin." The "spiritual medicine" -- a gift of Pope Francis containing a Rosary and and image of the merciful Jesus -- was distributed to the faithful after the Angelus on Sunday.  - ANSA

A member of the faithful holds up a box of "Misericordin." The "spiritual medicine" -- a gift of Pope Francis containing a Rosary and and image of the merciful Jesus -- was distributed to the faithful after the Angelus on Sunday. - ANSA

21/02/2016 13:33

(Vatican Radio) It’s time for another dose of the “spiritual medicine” Misericordin. Following the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis offered the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square the gift of a small box, designed to look like a box of medicine, containing a small Rosary and an image of the Merciful Jesus.

“Lent is a good time to complete a journey of conversion, that has mercy at its centre,” the Pope said. He invited the faithful to “welcome this gift as a spiritual aid in order, especially during this Year of Mercy, to spread love, forgiveness, and brotherhood.”

It is the second time Pope Francis has offered Misericordin to the faithful. In November of 2013, the Pope encouraged the faithful to use the “spiritual medicine” in order “to make concrete the fruits of the Year of Faith” which was coming to an end.

On both occasions, the gifts were distributed by volunteers, including homeless people, refugees, and the poor. 

21/02/2016 13:33