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Former Prime Minister John Howard has today confirmed that he is making a tough sacrifice this year for Lent.

Lent, which kicks of tomorrow is a solemn religious observance in the Christian calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday.

In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting, as well as giving up certain luxuries in order to replicate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s journey into the desert for 40 days

This year, the 2nd longest serving Prime Minister of Australia told The Advocatee that he will be committed to giving up his past time of defending convicted pedophiles for Lent.

Howard, who gave a character reference to Cardinal George Pell after the guilty verdict was handed down last week, told us it’s going to be tough, but he’s looking forward to it.

“Look, this time of the year is always a solemn one, and one in which I like to reflect and give up one of life’s luxury’s,” said Howard.

“And as a retired upper class white man living on Sydney’s North Shore, one of the many luxuries I have is to be able to openly show my support for someone who has been convicted of appalling crimes against children.”

“As you would be aware, not many people have the luxury of being able to do that, given their jobs and so on, so I’ve decided to give that up for the next few weeks.”

“Wish me luck.”

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