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Lent a Time to Fast From Words and Images

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 7, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI proposes that Lent be a time to fast from words and images, and to create a space for silence.

The Pope said this today in the Vatican upon receiving the parish priests of the Diocese of Rome, a meeting he said is organized to “mutually help each other,” reported L’Osservatore Romano.

When asked how to live Lent, the Pope answered: “It seems to me that the time of Lent should be a time of fasting from words and images, because we need a little silence, a little space, without being constantly bombarded with images.

“We need to create spaces of silence […] to open our hearts to the true image, to the true word.”

The Pontiff also underlined the importance of the clergy giving witness that “we can truly know God. That we can be his friends, and walk with him.”

Other themes that were discussed included interreligious dialogue, almsgiving and the loss of the sense of sin that characterizes society.

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