Pope opens Lent with call to avoid ‘clutches of consumerism’
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In his homily, Francis said the 40-day period of Lent is a “wakeup call for the soul” to rediscover the direction of life.
He said: “We need to free ourselves from the clutches of consumerism and the snares of selfishness, from always wanting more, from never being satisfied, and from a heart closed to the needs of the poor.”
At the end of Lent, Christians commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.