Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pope says Lent is time to renounce selfishness

From Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Lent is a time for self-examination and to let go of all traces of selfishness, which is the root of violence, Pope Benedict XVI said.

"The greed of possession leads to violence, exploitation and death," which is why during Lent the church encourages almsgiving, "which is the capacity to share," the pope said in his annual message for Lent.

The text of the pope's message for Lent 2011, which begins March 9 for Latin-rite Catholics, was released at a Vatican news conference Feb. 22.

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