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The Most Popular Qstions about Palm Sunday — and their Answers

Mar 24, 2024

Here is a list of the most popular questions about Palm Sunday and their answers.

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There is Still Time to Receive a Plenary Indulgence During Lent

Mar 20, 2024

Did you know that there are four ways you can gain a plenary indulgence during Lent?

Beer lovers gather at the release of the "40 Days" beer brewed by Breaker Brewing and the Diocese of Scranton. | Credit: Kristen Mullen

Beer for Lent? The Diocese of Scranton’s ‘40 Days’ Brew Helps Feed the Homeless

Feb 24, 2024

The Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, has launched a beer collaboration with a local brewery to support its anti-hunger programs for homeless people.

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What’s the Point of Fasting, Anyway?

Feb 16, 2024

God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, and the Church Fathers have preached the importance of it. Fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life.

"He Leadeth Me" Hallow Pray40 Challenge. | Credit: Hallow

Catholic Prayer App Hallow Makes History in App Store 

Feb 16, 2024

Hallow reached the top spot on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, which was the same day its Lent Pray40 prayer challenge started. 

Ashes at Sant'Anselmo all'Aventino in Rome. | Credit: Vatican Media

10 Important Things to Know about Ash Wednesday

Feb 14, 2024

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, which is structured to spiritually prepare to walk with the Lord through his passion and celebrate his resurrection.

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5 Ways to Observe St. Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday

Feb 13, 2024

A seminarian from Chile offers couples some advice for marking both days on Feb. 14.

Pope Francis at the Church of St. Anselm on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017. | Credit: L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis to Preside at Ash Wednesday Mass and Traditional Procession in Rome

Feb 8, 2024

Pope Francis will preside at the Mass and the traditional Ash Wednesday procession on Feb. 14 on Aventine Hill in Rome.

"He Leadeth Me" Hallow Pray40 Challenge. | Credit: Hallow

Lent 2024: Catholic Resources to Help You Grow in Your Faith

Feb 8, 2024

This list of Catholic resources can help you grow closer to the Lord this Lenten season.

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Pope Francis’ 2024 Lenten Message: ‘"Lent is a season of conversion, a time of freedom"

Feb 1, 2024

Pope Francis has centered his Lenten message for 2024 on the Book of Exodus, choosing “Through the Desert God Leads Us to Freedom” as its main theme.

Pope Francis takes part in the Roman Curia’s Lenten retreat in Ariccia, Italy, on March 6-10, 2016. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Hold Private Lenten Retreat for Fifth Consecutive Year

Jan 16, 2024

For the fifth consecutive year the joint retreat between the Holy Father and the Roman Curia has been canceled.

Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN. | EWTN

Why the Stations of the Cross Were a Daily Devotion for Mother Angelica

Mar 25, 2023

It is tradition for Catholics around the world to participate in the Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent. However, for EWTN foundress Mother Angelica, it was a daily devotion. 

Maurice Cardinal Piat, Bishop of Port Louis in Mauritius who unveiled his Pastoral Letter on the Lenten Season titled “Walking together is opening a path of hope” on 22 February 2023. Credit: Port Louis Diocese

“Path of hope must be found”, Cardinal in Mauritius Urges amid Multiple Challenges

Feb 28, 2023

The people of God in Mauritius and other parts of the world are facing multiple challenges, the Bishop of Port Louis Diocese in the in the Indian Ocean Island nation, Maurice Cardinal Piat, has said, and cautioning against giving up, underscored the need to set on the “path of hope” for solutions.

Pope Francis greets the crowd at his Sunday Angelus address on Jan. 29, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Devil Uses "three widespread and dangerous temptations" to Divide Us

Feb 26, 2023

On the first Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis warned of three “widespread and dangerous temptations” that the devil uses to separate us from God and divide us from each other.

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Why the Stations of the Cross Were a Daily Devotion for Mother Angelica

Mar 17, 2022

It is tradition for Catholics around the world to participate in the Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent. However, for EWTN foundress Mother Angelica, it was a daily devotion. 

Pope Francis during his general audience in Paul VI Hall on January 26, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Addiction to Digital Media Can Hurt Human Relationships: Pope Francis’ Lenten Message

Feb 24, 2022

"May the corporal fasting to which Lent calls us fortify our spirit for the battle against sin,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis at the Vatican on Palm Sunday. / Credit: Bohumil Petrik / ACI Africa

This Sunday, where will the palms come from?

Mar 27, 2021

With the arrival of Palm Sunday, Catholics across the globe will soon be handed spiky leaves. Kids will poke each other with them. But it's safe to say most won't know where they came from.

Bishop Eusebius Chinekezi Ogbonna Managwu of Gabon’s Port-Gentil Diocese / Courtesy Photo

“Gabon needs Lenten prayers to overcome all trials”: Bishop in Message for Lent

Feb 20, 2021

A Bishop in Gabon has, in his message for Lent 2021, urged the people of God in the Central African nation to turn to God in prayer for the “eradication” of COVID-19 during the Lenten Season.

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Bishops in Ghana Invite Catholics to Reconcile, Promote Justice, Peace During Lent

Feb 17, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Ghana have, in their Pastoral Letter for Lent 2021, invited the people of God in the West African nation to work toward strengthening their relationship with God, humanity and nature.

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Archbishop in Zimbabwe Urges Faithful to Facilitate Equipping Health Workers During Lent

Feb 16, 2021

During this year’s Lenten Season, an Archbishop in Zimbabwe is urging the people of God under his pastoral care to reach out to healthcare workers with essential equipment that can aid their efforts to fight COVID-19 pandemic.