Lent 2024

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Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss, 14th-century fresco in the Collegiata of San Gimignano, Italy.

Why is today called Spy Wednesday?

Mar 27, 2024

By Tina Dennelly

The name actually derives from the Gospel reading for today in which Judas Iscariot betrays Jesus for 30 pieces of... Read more

Saint Josemaría Escrivá inspired and promoted UNIV, an international meeting of young university students seeking to deepen their faith. Since 1968, thousands of students travel to Rome every Holy Week for this purpose.

Thousands of young people gather in Rome to delve deeper into meaning of Holy Week

Mar 25, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

St. Josemaría Escrivá inspired and promoted UNIV, an international meeting of young university students seeking to deepen their faith. Read more

A priest holds palms on Palm Sunday.

The most popular questions about Palm Sunday — and their answers

Mar 24, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

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

Holy Week

How to obtain a plenary indulgence during Holy Week 2024

Mar 23, 2024

By CNA Staff

A plenary indulgence is a grace granted by the Catholic Church through the merits of Jesus to remove temporal punishment... Read more

Monstrance for adoration, stock photo.

There is still time to receive a plenary indulgence during Lent

Mar 20, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

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

Beer lovers gather at the release of the "40 Days" beer brewed by Breaker Brewing and the Diocese of Scranton.

Beer for Lent? The Diocese of Scranton’s ‘40 Days’ brew helps feed the homeless

Feb 24, 2024

By Daniel Payne

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

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron imposes ashes during Ash Wednesday Mass on Feb. 14, 2024, at St. Aloysius Parish in downtown Detroit. Archbishop Vigneron encouraged Catholics to think of this Lenten season as a military campaign proclaiming the kingdom of Christ.

Archbishop Vigneron rallies Catholics to engage in a spiritual ‘campaign’ this Lent

Feb 19, 2024

By Daniel Meloy

The chief shepherd of the Archdiocese of Detroit kicked off a season of penitence and fasting during Ash Wednesday Mass... Read more


What’s the point of fasting, anyway?

Feb 16, 2024

By Matt Hadro

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

A monastic community prays the Lord’s Prayer.

100 cloistered convents in Spain to open their doors to promote prayer during Lent

Feb 14, 2024

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The DeClausura Foundation in Spain has launched a campaign to promote prayer during the liturgical season of Lent with the... Read more

A 40 Days for Life prayer vigil.

40 Days for Life campaign begins call for prayer and fasting for end to abortion

Feb 14, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The international 40-day campaign seeks to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and peaceful vigils during the... Read more

Pope Francis presides over Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome on Feb. 14, 2024.

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday: ‘Let us return to God with all our heart’

Feb 14, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Lord is inviting us to “remove the masks we so often wear” and to see ourselves as we truly... Read more

Ashes at Sant'Anselmo all'Aventino in Rome.

10 important things to know about Ash Wednesday

Feb 14, 2024

By Diego López Marina

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, which is structured to spiritually prepare to walk with the Lord through his... Read more

Ash Wednesday Mass at Westminster Cathedral in London, England, on March 1, 2017.

Ash Wednesday: Leave the ashes on or wash them off?

Feb 14, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

“There is no minimum time” established to wear the ashes on the forehead or head, and they can serve as... Read more

A still from Hallow's Super Bowl commercial that aired Feb. 11, 2024.

After Super Bowl ad, Catholic prayer app Hallow sees biggest spike in its history

Feb 12, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The 30-second ad was aired in 15 markets across the country and focused on “spending time in prayer with God.” Read more


How to honor Valentine’s Day on Ash Wednesday 

Feb 11, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day. But the two days don’t need to be completely at odds with... Read more


10 ways to renew your life in Christ this Lent

Feb 11, 2024

By ACI Prensa

Consider these tried-and-true ways of entering into Lent this year. Read more

Pope Francis at the Church of St. Anselm on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Pope Francis to preside at Ash Wednesday Mass and traditional procession in Rome

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

"He Leadeth Me" Hallow Pray40 Challenge.

Lent 2024: Catholic resources to help you grow in your faith

Feb 8, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

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