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A penitent receives ashes at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City during Ash Wednesday Mass Feb. 17, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
FaithFaith and Reason
Bruce T. Morrill
Ash Wednesday isn’t a holy day of obligation, but in English-speaking countries, it still has a powerful draw even for Catholics who are otherwise non-practicing.
Father Stephen Saffron, parish administrator, elevates the Eucharist during a Tridentine Mass at St. Josaphat Church in the Queens borough of New York City.
Catholic News Service
Pope Francis has confirmed that members of the Fraternity of St. Peter may continue to celebrate the Mass, sacraments and Liturgy of the Hours using the pre-Vatican II texts and forms, the fraternity said.
FaithFaith in Focus
Torey Lightcap
My formal, reserved church could take a cue from those who pray with raw urgency.
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
While the church’s prayer should not be a battlefield, Archbishop Roche says it is understandable that people are passionate about it.
FaithFaith in Focus
Kerry Weber
No one wants to be at a funeral. It means that a loss has occurred, hearts broken. But there are few other instances in which doing something we dread so deeply can mean so much.
Carmelite Father Casimir Borcz celebrates a Tridentine Mass at the Carmelite Monastery in Munster, Ind., in this March 31, 2007 file photo. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway)
FaithShort Take
Kevin Clarke
Recent edicts and explanations of edicts out of Rome have ignited a familiarly unpleasant conflict in the U.S. church. And yet, though this will infuriate a vocal minority of my fellow Catholics, I just don’t get the brouhaha over the traditional Latin Mass.