Lent 2021

This year, Lent starts on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, and ends on Thursday, April 1 with evening mass on Holy Thursday. Lent is the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday until Easter. It is a period observed by Christians as preparation for Easter, involving prayer, fasting and penitence.

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Pope Francis prays during the March 29, 2013 Passion of the Lord liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica.

Papal preacher urges Church to remove barriers to the Gospel

Mar 29, 2013

On Good Friday, papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa urged Catholics to seize “this moment in which a new time is... Read more

Pope Francis washes the feet of a juvenile detainee at Casal del Marmo on March 28, 2013.

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

Mar 28, 2013

Pope Francis recalled for around 40 young detainees how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and said that he would willingly... Read more

Pope Francis appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica just after his March 13, 2013 election.

Vatican did not expect Pope to visit youth prison

Mar 28, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Vatican officials thought Pope Francis would only celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, but an invitation from a... Read more

Pope Francis holds his first general audience on March 27, 2013 in St. Peter's Square.

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

Mar 27, 2013

Pope Francis said Holy Week is a time for moving beyond a “dull or mechanical” way of living the faith... Read more

Wael Salibi moved to Rome in September 2012. Photo courtesy of Wael Salibi.

Good Friday stations pray for Christian unity in Middle East

Mar 26, 2013

A Syrian Christian who fled the fighting in his country believes that the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at... Read more

American Catholics celebrate Palm Sunday in Rome March 24, 2013.

American seminarians experience rewards of Lent in Rome

Mar 25, 2013

Two American seminarians living and studying in Rome have found that their experience of Lent this year has been both... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful in St. Peter's Square for Palm Sunday on March 24, 2013.

Pope Francis delights Palm Sunday crowd

Mar 24, 2013

Although his remarks were few before praying the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis pleased the crowd of 250,000... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass on March 24 2013 in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis urges Christians to have joy over Cross

Mar 24, 2013

Pope Francis declared on Palm Sunday that Christians must not be sad or discouraged but filled with joy because Jesus... Read more

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi speaks to the Pontifical Council for Culture on Feb. 6, 2013.

Pope's retreat focuses on faces of God and man

Feb 18, 2013

Along with the rest of the Roman Curia, Pope Benedict XVI began his second day of spiritual exercises by reflecting... Read more

Archbishop Gregory Aymond's letter in response to a request to eat alligator on a Friday in Lent.

Alligator OK to eat on Lenten Fridays, archbishop clarifies

Feb 15, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Alligator is permissible to eat on Fridays of Lent, the archbishop of New Orleans assured a conscientious parishioner, and his... Read more


Benedictine abbot sees good reasons for moving Pope's Mass

Feb 13, 2013

Given the number of people that inevitably swarmed to the Holy Father’s last public Mass, Benedictine Abbot Nokter Wolf understands... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 28, 2012.

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

Feb 12, 2013

Amid the buzz created by the Pope’s announcement that he will retire, it could be easy to miss the fact... Read more

(L to R) Msgr. Segundo Tejado Mun?oz, Msgr. Giampetro Dal Toso, Cardinal Robert Sarah, Fr. Federico Lombardi, Michael Thio and his translator on Feb. 2, 2013.

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

Feb 1, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI's message for Lent is that when people are open to God’s love, then they can “love with... Read more

CRS Rice Bowl program has new internet component

Oct 18, 2012

Catholic Relief Services has revamped its traditional Lenten anti-hunger Operation Rice Bowl program to allow participants to register their rice... Read more

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap.

Papal preacher’s homily themes for Lent 2012 revealed

Mar 1, 2012

The Preacher to the Papal Household has revealed the topics for the four homilies he will preach to Pope Benedict... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI arrives at Santa Sabina Basilica for the Ash Wednesday service on March 9, 2011 in Rome, Italy.

Pope says ashes symbolize austerity and resurrection

Feb 22, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Like millions of Catholics around the world, Pope Benedict XVI received ashes on Ash Wednesday. He said that they become... Read more