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Blogger and home brewer J Wilson says he is drawn to the 'rich history' of beer

Man vows to fast on beer during Lent

An American blogger has promised to follow the tradition of Bavarian monks who drank only strong beer during Lent

Candles burn in front of a portrait of Shahbaz Bhatti during a vigil in Lahore (AP Photo/K M Chaudary)

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Benedict XVI delivers the Angelus address on Sunday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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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

People pray during an Ash Wednesday service at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York (CNS photo/Gregory Shemitz)

Bishop Kieran Conry says wearing of ashes is a ‘wonderful’ chance for people to show their commitment to Christ

A soup of water (Photo: CNS)

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