As you are preparing to celebrate your lover on Valentine’s day, catholic faithful across the world would on that day be ushered into a lengthy period of fasting.

It would last for 40 days.

And Pope Francis is already sending a message to billions of Catholics to prepare them ahead of the fasting period called LENT.

“Be wary of easy sex, drugs and money offered by false prophets,” Pope Francis warns, in a message for Lent.

Lent is the most important feast in the Christian calendar, which celebrates the resurrection of Christ.

This year, Lent starts on February 14, while Easter falls on April 1.

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“How many of God’s children are mesmerized by momentary pleasures, mistaking them for true happiness!

“How many men and women live entranced by the dream of wealth, which only makes them slaves to profit and petty interests,” Francis deplored.

“False prophets can also be ‘charlatans,’ who offer easy and immediate solutions to suffering that soon prove utterly useless.

“How many young people are taken in by the panacea of drugs, of disposable relationships, of easy but dishonest gains,” he added.

Hailing the virtue of charity, the pope said: “More than anything else, what destroys charity is greed for money.”

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