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What's the point of fasting, anyway?

Feb 19, 2021

By Matt Hadro

God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it – fasting is a powerful and... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

San Francisco’s Archbishop Cordileone urges Friday fasting for an end to COVID

Jul 31, 2020

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco is urging Catholics to fast every Friday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.  Read more

Biagio Conte, a lay missionary based in Palermo, is seen doing a pilgrimage in an almost deserted street March 20, 2020, in Palermo, Italy.

Catholic hermit is ‘full of hope’ after 40-day fast for humanity

Jul 15, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A lay missionary who was fasting for 40 days in a cave outside Palermo, Italy, says he is returning to... Read more

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.

Louisiana governor announces day of prayer and fasting

Mar 24, 2020

The Catholic governor of Louisiana has asked fellow citizens to pray and fast on March 24 for those affected by... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Feb. 26, 2020.

Pope Francis' Lent advice: Put down phone, pick up Bible

Feb 26, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis urged Catholics Wednesday to use the season of Lent to spend less time immersed in the chatter and... Read more

Fasting and Abstinence at Lent: A CNA Explainer

Feb 24, 2020

By JD Flynn

What does the Church require in Lent, and why? Here are some answers from CNA.  Read more

Theophanes the Greek's Dormition of the Mother of God (1392).

The Dormition Fast: The Eastern Christian season leading to the Assumption

Jul 31, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Each year the Eastern Catholic Churches, as well as other Eastern Christians, participate in a fasting season Aug. 14 in... Read more


These 17th century monks did a beer fast for Lent

Mar 8, 2019

By Matt Hadro

With the Lenten season fully in swing, Catholics are immersing themselves in 40 days of abstaining from sweets, technology, alcohol... Read more

Chalk model with Pope Leo I stopping the invader Attila the Hun, from Oratory of St. Philip Neri main hall.

Lenten fasting advice from the Pope who faced Attila the Hun

Mar 6, 2019

As Christians prepare to engage in the fasting and abstinence of Lent, they can find guidance in the words of... Read more

Open letter asks Pope Francis to adopt vegan diet during Lent

Feb 9, 2019

By Carl Bunderson

An environmental group is asking Pope Francis to abstain from all animal products during Lent, promising a $1 million donation... Read more

Pope Francis makes the Sign of the Cross April 18, 2018.

Pope calls entire Church to pray and fast after clerical sex abuse revelations

Aug 20, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis called Monday for every member of the Catholic Church to pray and fast in penance for the evil... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience Oct. 11, 2017.

This Lent, revive your enthusiasm for the faith, Pope says

Feb 6, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his message for the upcoming Lenten season, Pope Francis urged people to renew their enthusiasm for the faith, using... Read more

French bishops declare day of fasting after priest's murder

Jul 26, 2016

In response to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by believed Islamic State sympathizers, the French bishops have designated Friday,... Read more

How Catholics, Lent, and bowls of rice are changing the world

Feb 18, 2015

Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl program aims to continue its forty-year Lenten tradition of supporting hunger relief – and one... Read more

Pope Francis visits the community of Varginha July 25, 2013

Pope: we will be judged by our behavior towards others

Mar 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis dedicated his daily homily to the virtue of charity, stressing that we shouldn't be “ashamed” to touch those... Read more

Pope Francis leads Eucharistic Adoration at St. Peter's Basilica, June 2, 2013.

Pope’s vigil for Syrian peace expected to be biggest in decades

Sep 5, 2013

A four-hour prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square for peace in Syria, initiated by Pope Francis and to be held... Read more