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Shut off cellphone, open Bible for Lent

Lent is a time to remove all distractions and bitterness from one’s life in order to better hear God and those who suffer silently and need help, Pope Francis said.

“It is the right time to turn off the television and open the Bible. It is the time to disconnect from cellphones and connect ourselves to the Gospel,” the pope said at his weekly general audience Feb. 26, Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent for Latin-rite Catholics.

“It’s a time to give up useless words, idle chatter, rumors, gossip” and speak intimately with the Lord, he said.

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