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Francis: Pilgrim Way and St Square

francis: Peter's Basilica and later greeted some 40,000 people in St, according to CBC. Peter's Square. Francis offered his reflections on paring down non-essentials as he celebrated New Year's Day Mass Monday in St. His advice included setting aside a moment of silence daily to be with God. At the beginning of the year, we too, as Christians on our pilgrim way, feel the need to set out anew from the centre, to leave behind the burdens of the past and to start over from the things that really matter, he said. Doing so would help keep our freedom from being corroded by the banality of consumerism, the blare of commercials, the stream of empty words and the overpowering waves of empty chatter and loud shouting, Francis said. ( As reported in the news.