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Cardinal Timothy Dolan: unlikely to be giving up laughter for Lent (Photo: CNS)

It’s time for one last chocolate biscuit

We asked prominent Christians what they are giving up for Lent. Their answers range from blogs to fruit juice and moreish digestives

Priests hear Confessions at World Youth Day in Madrid (CNS photo)

Diocese sees rise in Confessions

The number of people attending Confession in the Diocese of Lancaster has increased following a Lenten initiative

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury (Photo: Mazur)
Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/02/12

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

Bishop Mark Davies says the shortness of our lives should shape our priorities (Photo: Mazur/

Bishop of Shrewsbury encourages Catholics to regain a ‘perspective of eternity’

A woman prays at an Ash Wednesday Mass in Hyderabad, India (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 22/02/12

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

Benedict XVI explains significance of Lent and Ash Wednesday at weekly general audience

The Scala brings to mind the knowledge that Christ suffered and died at a certain place and a certain time

This year I will go through the Passion narrative of St Mark line by line

A worshipper receives ashes in Philadelphia (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Archbishop of Westminster has launched a Lenten resource to help Catholics in their call to holiness

A woman prays during Ash Wednesday Mass in Washington last year (Photo: CNS)

In his Lenten message the Pope warns against ‘spiritual anaesthesia’ which numbs people to suffering