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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

Bishop Campbell, right (Photo:

Bishop of Lancaster says every church in the diocese will be open for Confession on Wednesday evenings

J Wilson says that beer and alcohol are often viewed negatively by Christians in the US

Anna Arco talks to J Wilson, the beer enthusiast who is following the example of Bavarian friars by consuming nothing but alcohol in Lent

Second Sunday of Lent: Gn 12:1-4; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Mt 17: 1-9

A beef cow in Alberta, Canada (The Canadian Press Images/Larry MacDougal)

Our addiction to beef does great damage to the environment. Time to wean ourselves off it

Pope Benedict oversaw the opening of his spiritual retreat at the Redemptoris Mater Chapel in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace

First Sunday of Lent: Gn 2:7-9 & 3:1-7; Rm 5:12-19; Mt 4:1-11