The Vatican Tuesday released the text of Pope Benedict’s Lenten message for 2009, entitled "He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards He was hungry. " As the title suggests, the Message focuses on fasting, which the Pope hopes can be viewed in a positive, not negative, sense, that is, as an act which can lead to God.

“In the very first pages of Sacred Scripture,” he says, “the Lord commands man to abstain from partaking of the prohibited fruit: 'You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat.”
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