(RNS) — Our reaction to the coronavirus threat is also a statement about our need for control: our bodies, our world.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — As parts of northern Italy are under curfew and quarantined amid growing coronavirus concerns, Catholic priests in the region look for new and creative ways to administer Mass in the days leading up to Lent.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (RNS) — 'Selfishness is a cancer that will destroy from within better than anything can destroy from without,' said Curry.
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has urged Roman Catholic faithful to free themselves from the 'clutches of consumerism and the snares of selfishness' as he marked the start of Lent.
(RNS) — In a world that prizes self-affirmation, confidence and pride, Ash Wednesday comes as a slap in the face, a bracing cold shower of reality. Inescapably, we are told of our lingering weaknesses, faults and helplessness.
(The Conversation) — The Christian practice of marking ashes on believers' foreheads to kick off the penitent season of Lent dates to the 10th century.
(RNS) — Modern Lent has come to have more in common with Dry January — the viral sensation encouraging New Year's resolvers to give up alcohol for a month — than with its ecclesiastic antecedents.
(RNS) — A pastor of an Episcopal church plans to say 'Remember that you are beloved, and to love you shall return,' during the imposition of ashes (instead of the traditional 'Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return').
(RNS) — The age-old Christian background to the festivities is mostly forgotten, but religion came up in a new way this year as organizers faced an interesting question. Can Jews and Muslims join in the merrymaking?
(RNS) Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, the period of penance and fasting preceding Easter.
NEW YORK (RNS) Glitter + Ash Wednesday was conceived as an effort to make queer Christians visible. But at this moment in time, when so many people are taking to the streets to uphold values that we feel are under attack, progressive Christians as a whole need to stand up and be counted.
(RNS) I bristle at the notion that people have to put glitter in their Ash Wednesday ritual to properly welcome LGBT people.
(RNS) Usually the stuff of princesses and unicorns, purple "glitter ashes" will be available in some churches.
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (RNS) This United Church of Christ congregation is part of a growing trend.
(RNS) Ash Wednesday reminds us we are dead in our sins and, soon enough, dead in fact. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
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