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Sisters of the Holy Family:

From 2/4/2014 Catholic News Service Blog. Included are links to the original CNS story and the 2014 Lenten message from Pope Francis.

Originally posted on CNS Blog:

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis released his first Lenten message today to help people prepare for this period of prayer, penance, sacrifice and charity.

Woman prays in front of World Youth Day cross during visit to Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro

A woman praying in front of the World Youth Day cross in the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro July 18, 2013. (CNS/Pilar Olivares, Reuters)

Be sure to read his message, which addresses the common confusion over upholding Christ’s poverty as “the greatest treasure of all” vs. the fight against the debilitating and “disfiguring” poverty of material, spiritual and moral neglect.

Christians are called to empty themselves like Christ and be filled with God’s love and mercy, the pope said, and then share those gifts with everyone, addressing their physical, moral and spiritual hunger.

“In imitation of our master, we Christians are called to confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps…

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