In his Lenten message for 2023, Pope Francis highlights the relationship between the Lenten journey and the synodal journey, which are both rooted in tradition and open to newness. Personal and ecclesial ‘transfiguration’ is the goal of the ascetical journey of Lent, and similarly of the synodal process. Pope Francis takes his inspiration from the Gospel account of the Transfiguration, proclaimed each year on the Second Sunday of Lent. As with the chosen disciples at the Transfiguration, Jesus “takes us with Him to a place apart” during the season of Lent. “Lenten penance,” Pope Francis writes, “is a commitment, sustained by grace, to overcoming our lack of faith and our resistance to following Jesus on the way of the cross.” This requires effort, sacrifice, and concentration, which are also requirements for the Synodal Journey; and therefore we can say that “our Lenten journey is ‘synodal’ since we make it together along the same path, as disciples of the one Master.” 

Pope Francis Full Message: 

Each month, Pope Francis has a different intention that we all prayer as one united, Catholic church. Below are the details for both March and April:  

The Pope’s Prayer intentions: [Visit: each month for the latest video] 

March – For victims of abuse  

“We pray for those who have suffered harm from members of the Church; may they find within the Church herself a concrete response to their pain and suffering.” 

April – For a culture of peace and non-violence 

“We pray for the spread of peace and non-violence, by decreasing the use of weapons by States and citizens.”