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The spirit of Haitians five years after a devastating earthquake

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"I was at home with one of my sisters. She was watching television in the front room, and I was in back about to start on my homework. It was at that moment that the earth began to shake."

This is how Nerlande Janvier, a resident of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, remembers the earthquake that claimed the lives of more than 200,000 Haitians five years ago Monday.

"I didn't know what to do," she said. "All I could think of was the end of the world. I said to myself: That's it, this is how I'm going to die.

Pope Francis' first Lenten message to focus on poverty, generosity

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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).

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