Ash Wednesday

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Including the Florentine nobleman who led a life of uninterrupted charity

The feast of St Valentine coincides with Ash Wednesday – this conflict is an opportunity

Western-rite Catholics must fast and abstain from meat this Valentine’s Day

The Archdiocese of Chicago said Catholics must follow the Ash Wednesday observance

For centuries, pre-Lent Sundays had a special significance. We need to rediscover them

Catholics in New Jersey want Archbishop Sheen’s birthday to be celebrated around the world

After being questioned by fellow committee members about the cross, I thought no more of it – until a call from the BBC

Carol Monaghan said that most people did not know what the symbol meant

In his homily, the Holy Father said Lent is a path that ‘leads to the triumph of mercy’