- Apr 23, 2021
In separate Ash Wednesday homilies, Catholic bishops advised Nigerians to use Lent to pray for peace and stability.
Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron employed a more COVID-safe method of ash distribution during a special Ash Wednesday service downtown: He sprinkled, rather than marked.
Kicking off the liturgical season of Lent, Pope Francis Wednesday said the next 40 days ought to be a time of conversion in which Christians let go of their vices and the things holding them back, and return to the source of healing and love, which is Christ.
Parishes across the state of Texas have canceled Ash Wednesday masses amidst a winter storm that’s left over three million people without power and brought record low temperatures all week.
An Italian priest who was chosen by Pope Francis to lead his annual Lenten retreat in 2016, said that Ash Wednesday and Lent are a time to recall that new life emerges from the ashes and that spring blossoms from the bleakness of winter, said a noted Italian theologian.
Lent is an opportunity to mark the calendar, start fresh, and renew some things in our lives.
During the pandemic, many bars and restaurants have adopted takeaway service, and now one Catholic bishop is following suit for Ash Wednesday.
An archdiocese in the Philippines will allow churchgoers to distribute ashes among family members at home to mark the beginning of Lent Feb. 17.