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Ash Wednesday: Leave the ashes on or wash them off?

At the Mass that marks the beginning of the season of Lent, which serves as preparation for Easter, the priest and the ministers who assist him say one of two […]

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday: ‘Let us return to God with all our heart’

On Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis said that Lent is a time to look inward at our true selves and to share our deepest desires, worries, and weaknesses with the Lord […]

100 cloistered convents in Spain to open their doors to promote prayer during Lent

The DeClausura Foundation in Spain has launched a campaign to promote prayer during the liturgical season of Lent with the theme “Slow Down. Stop. Pray” as part of the Year […]

Notre Dame cathedral spire to be unveiled nearly 5 years after devastating fire

The unveiling process for the newly rebuilt spire of Paris’ legendary Notre Dame Cathedral began this week, with the process expected to be completed in time for the 2024 Paris […]

The drama of human trafficking in the world: 50 million are enslaved

Any day of the year more than 50 million people are enslaved in the world according to the latest estimate published in a joint report by the International Organization for […]

Chapel housing first-class Padre Pio relic to open in Kansas this weekend

A foundation dedicated to spreading devotion to St. Pio of Pietrelcina, better known as Padre Pio, is set to open a chapel in rural Kansas this weekend that will permanently […]

How to honor Valentine’s Day on Ash Wednesday 

If you’re giving up sweets for Lent, you may not be happy to learn that this year Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day. But while the day typically marked by […]

Pope Francis canonizes Argentina’s first female saint

Pope Francis canonized Argentina’s first female saint, María Antonia of St. Joseph — known affectionately in the pope’s home country as “Mama Antula” — in a Mass in St. Peter’s […]

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 Rome. The Office of Liturgical Celebrations announced Feb. 6 that […]

Carmelite nuns move from New York to Florida in pursuit of ‘silence and solitude’

A religious community of 14 Discalced Carmelite nuns has moved from a busy street in Buffalo, New York, where their order has lived for more than a century, to the […]