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Pope opens Lent with call to avoid 'clutches of consumerism'

Mar. 6, 2019 2:58 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has urged Roman Catholic faithful to free themselves from the "clutches of consumerism and the snares of selfishness" as he marked the start of Lent, the period of prayer and fasting before Easter. Francis led a procession and then celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass at the basilica of...