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St. Clare of Assisi is depicted in a modern painting by Stephen B Whatley, an expressionist artist based in London. She founded the Poor Clares -- a contemplative order of nuns with 20,000 sisters around the globe. (CNS/Stephen B Whatley)

They began their celebrations last Tuesday on the Feast of St Clare

Pope Francis arrives for the week-long Lenten retreat  (CNS) Below: The Pope's anniversary tweet

Pope tweets message asking Catholics to pray for him