As Christians across the world especially Catholics observe the Lent and Ash Wednesday period this year, Pope Francis the head of the Catholic church and sovereign of the Vatican City State has shared a very thoughtful message about fasting and it's significance.
In a message to all Catholics and the general audience who observe the Lent and any form of fasting, the Pope who happens to be the first Jesuit pope and first Pope from the Americas in a tweet wrote;
"Fasting means knowing how to renounce vanities that pass away and superfluous things, to get to what is essential. It means seeking the beauty of a simpler life. #Lent #GeneralAudience"
This year's Lent season starts on the 26th day of February and will end on 29th April. The Lent is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later on Holy Thursday, the memorial of the Lord's supper the Thursday of Holy Week before Easter Sunday.