Tall tales about Pope Francis ricochet around the Internet and, in some cases, in traditional news sources, and the church can no longer ignore them.
The Francis Chronicles
Editor's note: The official English translation of Pope Francis' Lenten message for 2014 was provided by Vatican Radio.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Francis Chronicles: Pope Francis' first message for Lent focused on the theme of Christ's poverty: "He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich."
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On Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated the 18th World Day for Consecrated Life highlighting the fact that at the center of Consecrated Life there is always Jesus.
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Pope Francis has chosen the theme, "He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich," for this year's Lenten message, said a Vatican statement Friday.
The theme comes from a verse from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians, where the apostle is promoting generosity in giving and wishes to "test the genuineness of your love by your concern for others."
The full verse reads: "For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sake he became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich" (2 Cor 8:9).
The Francis Chronicles: The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith should also look at ways to collaborate with a new papal advisory commission on abuse, the pope said.