Abstinence from Meat

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Play ball! But go for the peanuts, skip the bratwurst at Good Friday opener

Apr 13, 2022

By Joe Bukuras, Shannon Mullen

Sorry, Cleveland baseball fans (the Catholic ones, anyway), there is no dispensation from fasting and abstaining because of the Guardians’... Read more

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Mock-meatless Fridays? Catholic vegans share their Lenten sacrifices

Apr 9, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Have you ever wondered what vegans give up for Lent? Read more

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Dioceses permit meat on Lent Fridays due to coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020

Several dioceses across the United States have dispensed Catholics from the canonical requirement to abstain from meat on Fridays during... 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

Corned beef and cabbage.

Where it's OK to eat corned beef on St. Patrick's Day this Lent

Mar 9, 2017

By Mary Farrow

If you’re an Irish Catholic (or any Catholic) living in the United States, you will need to check with your... 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