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Coronavirus changes Lent: Some bishops permit Catholics to eat meat on Fridays Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020

In many of the resources available from the United States, you will hear/read that one of the practices of Lent is abstinence – refraining from the eating of meat on Fridays. Read more In New Zealand, the days of abstinence are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday ONLY. The website of the Auckland diocese notes: The Read more

Evangelicals say this not the end of the world Comments 0

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

The worldwide upheaval caused by the fast-spreading novel coronavirus pandemic has many people reaching for their Bibles, and some starting to wonder: Could this be a sign of the end of the world? Read more

Pastor preaches to a church full of photos Comments 0

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Rev. Carl Ruby’s assistant taped photos of church members to the pews so he was not preaching to an empty church. Read more Scroll down

12 Catholic movies to watch during social distancing Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

With picture theatres shutting down across the country to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, people are turning to streaming platforms to occupy their time during social distancing. Here’s a list of quality films that are perfect to engage Catholics in thoughtful reflection. Read more

Coronavirus: Sales up for prepackaged Communion cups and wafers Comments 0

Monday, March 16th, 2020

In light of concerns about the new coronavirus, churches are ordering boxes filled with hundreds of prepackaged Communion cups and wafers. Read more

Dublin cancels St. Patrick’s parade after advice from health officials Comments 0

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day parade has been cancelled due to fears over the spread of coronavirus. Authorities had initially insisted that the festivities — which mark St. Patrick bringing Christianity to Ireland in 432 — would go ahead, but bowed to pressure from doctors March 9 and announced the cancellation. Read more

Irish man bitten by snake for the first time In history Comments 0

Monday, March 9th, 2020

A 22-year-old man became the first person in recorded Irish history to sustain a snake bite, roughly 1,600 years after St. Patrick is said to have banished all serpents from that nation. Catholic tradition has it that St. Patrick drove them all off a cliff in the 5th century. Read more

Lent-ish: Look on the bright side of Lent Comments 0

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Megan Westra a progressive Christian speaker and seminary student has launched an email devotional called “Lent-ish,” urging her readers to look on the bright side of Lent. Read more

Can Catholics eat plant-based “meat” on day of abstinence? Comments 0

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days when Catholics in New Zealand abstain from eating meat. Some people in the Catholic community worldwide are debating whether food made to look and taste like meat is allowed on days of abstinence. Read more

The extra day in a leap year has a Catholic origin Comments 0

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

The present system of calculating the leap year was designed around fixing the date of Easter. While the concept of the leap year has been around since ancient times – the ancient Jewish calendar added a leap month every 19 years for example – the current calendar year has its origins in the Catholic Church. Read more