Vatican Spiritual Exercises Underway March 1st
The priest encounters Jesus and follows him: this is the theme that will guide the spiritual exercises at the Vatican, in which Pope Benedict XVI will himself participate. A period of spiritual meditations and intense prayer will be guided by Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The exercises begin March 1st in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel of the Apostolic Palace with the celebration of Vespers, the introductory meditation, and Adoration and Benediction of the Eucharist. The retreat ends Saturday, March 7th with the final sermon and blessing. All pontifical audiences are suspended during these days.