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Earthquake-displaced Haitians live day-to-day, wanting a permanent home

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CNS) -- For the past five years, Elouisna Francois has lived where God sent her.

Never mind that it's far from her old neighborhood in the capital — where she had made a good life until the country's January 2010 earthquake -- and that there are no basic services, like running water, sanitation or electricity.

Pope: Don't let meatless Fridays be selfish, soulless, seafood splurge

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Real fasting isn't just restricting food choices, it must also include cleansing the heart of all selfishness and making room in one's life for those in need and those who have sinned and need healing, Pope Francis said.

Return with tears to God's loving embrace during Lent, pope says

ROME (CNS) -- Lent is a journey of purification and penance, a movement that should bring one tearfully back to the loving arms of the merciful Father, Pope Francis said at an Ash Wednesday Mass that began with a procession on Rome's Aventine Hill.