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Pope says no to violence and indifference on Ash Wednesday

'Abandon lazy addiction to evil'

05 March, 14:08
Pope says no to violence and indifference on Ash Wednesday (ANSA) - Vatican City, March 5 - Pope Francis called on the faithful to abandon their "lazy addiction to evil" in an Ash Wednesday General Audience where more than 30,000 people filled St. Peter's Square. Explaining the purpose of Lent, the 40-day period that began Wednesday, the pontiff commented on how it is "time to change course", and get away from addiction that "anesthetizes the heart" in times of tragedy, violence, poverty and indifference. "Don't take violence for granted, nor our homeless brothers and sisters, nor refugees in search of dignity," said the pope, adding that "love for God can make change for the better".

The pope offered up Lent as an opportunity to confront negativity and indifference via a collective renewal in God and community. "Faith and open hearts to our brothers are essential during the Lenten period," he said. http://popefrancisnewsapp.com/
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