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On Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, approximately 1,000 children and youth from Christian schools in Jerusalem walked the Via Dolorosa in the Old City, offering prayers for peace. The crowd brought life to the streets of the Holy City for the first time since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war last October.

PHOTOS: 1,000 Christian youth walk the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem for peace

Feb 26, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

“The Way of the Cross… A Way of Peace” was organized by the Custody of the Holy Land and involved... 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

"He Leadeth Me" Hallow Pray40 Challenge.

Catholic prayer app Hallow makes history in app store 

Feb 16, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Hallow reached the top spot on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, which was the same day its Lent Pray40 prayer challenge... Read more

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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

Ashes at Sant'Anselmo all'Aventino in Rome.

10 important things to know about Ash Wednesday

Feb 14, 2024

By Diego Lopez 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 Sanchez Silva

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

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5 ways to observe St. Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday

Feb 13, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

A seminarian from Chile offers couples some advice for marking both days on Feb. 14. Read more

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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

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How Christians used to ‘pre-game’ their Lent

Feb 10, 2024

By Mary Farrow

Sunday, Feb. 11, is the last Sunday before Shrovetide, which culminates in Shrove Tuesday — more popularly known as Mardi... 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

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Pope Francis’ 2024 Lenten message: ‘Lent is a season of conversion, a time of freedom’ 

Feb 1, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis has centered his Lenten message for 2024 on the Book of Exodus, choosing “Through the Desert God Leads... Read more

Pope Francis takes part in the Roman Curia’s Lenten retreat in Ariccia, Italy, on March 6-10, 2016.

Pope Francis to hold private Lenten retreat for fifth consecutive year

Jan 16, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

For the fifth consecutive year the joint retreat between the Holy Father and the Roman Curia has been canceled. Read more

A priest holds palms on Palm Sunday.

These are the most popular FAQs about Palm Sunday — and their answers

Apr 1, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

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

Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN.

Why the Stations of the Cross were a daily devotion for Mother Angelica

Mar 25, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

It is tradition for Catholics to participate in the Stations of the Cross during Lent. But for EWTN foundress Mother... Read more

"Santiago: The Camino Within" is being released for one day only on March 28, 2023.

Beautiful new film on Camino de Santiago pilgrimage is a ‘perfect Lenten meditation’

Mar 21, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Bishop James Conley called this new film on the Spanish pilgrimage route the “best” movie about the Camino de Santiago... Read more

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Have you ever wondered what vegans give up for Lent?

Mar 11, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

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

Pope Francis greets the crowd at his Sunday Angelus address on Jan. 29, 2023.

Pope Francis: The devil uses ‘three widespread and dangerous temptations’ to divide us

Feb 26, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope also offered advice for how to overcome temptations using the Word of God. Read more

Monstrance for adoration, stock photo.

There is still time to receive a plenary indulgence during Lent

Mar 31, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Did you know that there are several ways you can gain a plenary indulgence during Lent? It’s true! There are... Read more