"This year, Lent is beginning in an unforeseen way that we could not have imagined even a few days ago."
The Vatican announced Feb. 23 that the pope had signed the decrees.
"A specific and courageous response is required of the church."
They've been pitching in to help mend fences, clear roads and set up campsites.
"To this day, I still love churches."
The shooting brought about contentious speculation and uncomfortable questions.
"Once the girls arrive, we are responsible for them."
"There's a lot of suffering going on, and we're continuing to pray."
"We only pray that the situation can be calm and peaceful."
Pope Francis offered a short reflection on the day's Gospel reading.