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Pope urges Catholics to swap social media for reflection as Lent begins

Rome, Italy Reuters Pope Francis urged Catholics to forgo worldly trappings and focus on essentials as he opened the season of Lent with a traditional Ash Wednesday Mass on one of Rome’s historic seven hills.  He criticised people’s tendency to lay bare their lives on social media, deploring “a world in which everything, including our […]

Sight-Seeing: Fasting from carbon for Lent

US Catholic commentator THOMAS REESE, in an article first published on Religion News Service, says carbon fasting is an act of penance for what we in the rich world have done – and provides some tips on how to go about it…

Ten day vigil for climate change to kick off in London on Ash Wednesday

Norwich, UK A special 10 day Lenten vigil for climate change kicks off in London on Ash Wednesday. It has been organised by a coalition compromising Christian Aid, CAFOD, The Salvation Army, A Rocha UK, Christian Climate Action, Tearfund, Green Christian, Operation Noah and JPIT, a Baptist Union, Methodist Church and United Reformed church team […]

Street artist of ‘Super Pope’ fame gets new stamp of Vatican approval

Rome, Italy AP Street artist Maupal, whose cartoon-like depictions of Pope Francis as a “Super Pope” have graced buildings around the Vatican for a decade, got an official stamp of approval on Thursday when he appeared at a Vatican news conference. Maupal, in life Mauro Pallotta, designed a series of posters to illustrate Francis’ 2024 Lenten message, […]

Burkina Faso Muslims and Christians back unity amid insurgency

Burkinabe Muslims and Christians chant the national anthem while they gather to break the fast together in hopes of promoting religious tolerance during the Ramadan in Ouagadougou’s public square, Burkina Faso March 31, 2023.REUTERS/ Yempabou Ouo

Ouagadougou, Burkina FasoReuters Scores of young Burkinabe Muslims and Christians gathered in Ouagadougou’s public square as the sun set on Friday to break fast together, promoting religious tolerance during Ramadan and Lent as Burkina Faso grapples with a violent insurgency. Organised by a local interfaith youth group, the event saw Muslims and Christians sharing food […]