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Published on Mar 10, 2011
"Our world needs to be converted by God, it needs his forgiveness, his love, it needs a new heart." Benedict XVI underlined this, presiding at the Ash Wednesday Mass in the Basilica of Santa Sabina. A suggestive ceremony, preceded by a penitential procession from the Basilica of Saint Anselm, offered the Pope the opportunity to emphasize that "God is rich in mercy", a regenerating mercy which "renews in our inmost being a firm spirit, returning to us the joy of salvation". Thus, above all in this time of Lent, the Pontiff recalled, "everyone can open themselves to the action of God, to his love", discovering that this time is precious and not "marked by sadness, by the grayness of life". Christians ...