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Appearance not as important as God, says Pope

Francis warns against focus on external world

05 March, 18:08
Appearance not as important as God, says Pope (See related) (ANSA) - Rome, March 5 - Pope Francis urged Christians on Wednesday to avoid being seduced by a society that measures the value of humans by how much they own or produce, but to instead turn their focus to God. The true value in life is found not in success, but in what we have inside, Francis said during a Mass on Ash Wednesday.

Lent is a period in the Christian calendar to think about what really matters in life, he added.

"What matters is not appearances and the value of life does not depend on the approval of others or of success, but on what we have inside," said the pope.