Congolese cardinal to preach Pope Benedict’s Lenten retreat

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Congolese Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo has been chosen to preach Pope Benedict XVI’s yearly Lenten retreat on the theme, “Communion of the Christian with God.” The cardinal, who is archbishop of Kinshasa, is the second African cardinal that Pope Benedict has chosen to preach the weeklong retreat. Cardinal Francis Arinze, retired head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, preached in 2009. The retreat — for the pope and members of the Roman Curia — will run Feb. 26-March 3 in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel inside the Apostolic Palace. During this time, all Vatican events are suspended and the pope makes no public appearances. The retreat begins each day at 9 a.m., with the celebration of lauds and ends around 6:30 p.m., with vespers and eucharistic adoration. Cardinal Monsengwo will give three meditations each day.