Pope sends off missionaries of mercy to help people open hearts to God

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February 10, 2016

Pope Francis gives ashes to a woman as he celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 10. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-ASHES-MISSIONARIES Feb. 10, 2016.

Pope Francis gives ashes to a woman as he celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 10. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis marked the beginning of the church’s Lenten journey by sending off several hundred religious and diocesan priests on their own special path as “missionaries of mercy” in local parishes.

“Look upon your servants, Lord, that we are sending as messengers of mercy, salvation and peace. Guide their steps” and sustain them with “the power of your grace,” the pope said during a special Ash Wednesday liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica Feb. 10.

“May Christ’s voice resound in their words and Christ’s heart in their gestures,” he said.

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