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If you are feeling truly adventurous you can wake up at dawn on Fridays and catch your own fish                                                                                                         Photo: PA

Meatless Fridays don’t have to be dull

As the faithful prepare once again to abstain from meat on Fridays, Fr Tim Gardner offers some lively flesh-free recipes

Paschal Uche, left, smiles after addressing the Pope outside Westminster Cathedral (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)

Are Catholics still energised and renewed by the trip or has the momentum already been lost?

A monk at Downside used to deny himself marmalade (Photo: PA)

Looking back at my New Year’s resolutions is profoundly disheartening. At least I get another chance at self-discipline

Pope Benedict celebrates the feast of Corpus Christi on a Thursday, while in England and Wales it has been moved to Sunday (Photo: CNS)

This year, Twelfth Night will be on day eight: give us a break

A soup of water (Photo: CNS)

Or should it be left up to individual Catholics to observe?

A woman receives the mark of ashes at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York (Photo: CNS)

General secretary of the English and Welsh bishops’ conference is charged with finding ways of re-emphasising Lent as penitential season