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Pope Francis attends Ash Wednesday mass at Santa Sabina Basilica in Rome March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Don't be obsessed by possessions, Pope says in starting Lent

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ROME - Pope Francis, leading the world's Roman Catholics into the penitential season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, urged them not to be obsessed with possessions and to shun a culture where everything can be bought and sold.

Ash Wednesday is the day Christians are reminded of mortality and hear the phrase 'from dust you came and to dust you shall return' as ashes are smudged onto their foreheads.

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