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Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday: Free Yourself ‘From the Dictatorship of Full Schedules’

Daniel Ibanez/CNAPope Francis arrives at the Paul VI Hall for his weekly general audience on Ash Wednesday Feb. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis marked the start of the season of Lent, the penitential period before Easter, with Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina on Rome’s Aventine Hill.