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Rice bowl app aims to engage Catholics in Lent, fight hunger

Feb 6, 2014 - 04:19 am .- Catholic Relief Services’ annual Rice Bowl Program has added a new mobile app and a social media-based photo challenge to help Catholics observe Lent and to boost participation in efforts to fight hunger.

Chart-topping Benedictine nuns to release album for Lent

Feb 5, 2014 - 02:05 am .- The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles – an order of contemplative nuns who live in a cloister yet repeatedly climb music charts – are set to release an album for Lent later this month.

Pope's Lenten message highlights poverty of Christ

Feb 4, 2014 - 06:06 am .- In his first message for the Lenten season, Pope Francis focuses on the poverty of Christ in becoming man, emphasizing that it is our duty to give the same humble witness in our care for the poor.

Papal preacher urges Church to remove barriers to the Gospel

Mar 29, 2013 - 12:11 pm .- On Good Friday, papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa urged Catholics to seize “this moment in which a new time is opening for the Church” and remove any obstacles that stand in the way of sharing Christ.

'I do this with my heart,' Pope says before washing inmates' feet

Mar 28, 2013 - 12:20 pm .- Pope Francis recalled for around 40 young detainees how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and said that he would willingly do the same for them because he is called to serve.

Vatican did not expect Pope to visit youth prison

Mar 28, 2013 - 08:30 am .- Vatican officials thought Pope Francis would only celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, but an invitation from a government minister changed their plans.

Holy Week is time to bring Christ to forgotten, Pope teaches

Mar 27, 2013 - 07:28 am .- Pope Francis said Holy Week is a time for moving beyond a “dull or mechanical” way of living the faith and to bring the joy of Christ to those who are most distant or in need.

Good Friday stations pray for Christian unity in Middle East

Mar 26, 2013 - 04:03 pm .- A Syrian Christian who fled the fighting in his country believes that the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at the Coliseum will help raise promote Christian unity and awareness of the growing turmoil in the Middle East.

American seminarians experience rewards of Lent in Rome

Mar 25, 2013 - 04:41 pm .- Two American seminarians living and studying in Rome have found that their experience of Lent this year has been both challenging and rewarding.

Pope Francis delights Palm Sunday crowd

Mar 24, 2013 - 11:16 am .- Although his remarks were few before praying the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis pleased the crowd of 250,000 by spending almost half an hour greeting them afterward.

Pope Francis urges Christians to have joy over Cross

Mar 24, 2013 - 05:54 am .- Pope Francis declared on Palm Sunday that Christians must not be sad or discouraged but filled with joy because Jesus conquered evil and every sin “with the force of God’s love.”

Pope's retreat focuses on faces of God and man

Feb 18, 2013 - 07:54 am .- Along with the rest of the Roman Curia, Pope Benedict XVI began his second day of spiritual exercises by reflecting on Psalm 119 and the “light that breaks the darkness, especially in today's culture.”

Alligator OK to eat on Lenten Fridays, archbishop clarifies

Feb 15, 2013 - 04:05 pm .- Alligator is permissible to eat on Fridays of Lent, the archbishop of New Orleans assured a conscientious parishioner, and his approval has been backed by the national bishops' conference.

Benedictine abbot sees good reasons for moving Pope's Mass

Feb 13, 2013 - 04:05 pm .- Given the number of people that inevitably swarmed to the Holy Father’s last public Mass, Benedictine Abbot Nokter Wolf understands why his monastery did not host the Pope.

Pope's last Mass will be on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter's

Feb 12, 2013 - 08:28 am .- Amid the buzz created by the Pope’s announcement that he will retire, it could be easy to miss the fact that his last Mass will be on Ash Wednesday and not in the normal location for the first day of Lent.

Pope's Lent message: charity is extension of God's love

Feb 1, 2013 - 11:05 am .- Pope Benedict XVI's message for Lent is that when people are open to God’s love, then they can “love with him, in him and like him.”

CRS Rice Bowl program has new internet component

Oct 18, 2012 - 02:03 am .- Catholic Relief Services has revamped its traditional Lenten anti-hunger Operation Rice Bowl program to allow participants to register their rice bowls on the internet as part of the campaign to feed the hungry.

Papal preacher’s homily themes for Lent 2012 revealed

Mar 1, 2012 - 04:02 pm .- The Preacher to the Papal Household has revealed the topics for the four homilies he will preach to Pope Benedict XVI during Lent.

Pope says ashes symbolize austerity and resurrection

Feb 22, 2012 - 01:31 pm .- Like millions of Catholics around the world, Pope Benedict XVI received ashes on Ash Wednesday. He said that they become a “sacred symbol” of austerity which reflects both the “curse” of sin and the promise of the resurrection in a fallen world.

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