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By the final reel: films for Lent with conversion themes

Ten films that showcase characters experiencing a positive change of heart, mind or outlook, something Catholics strive for daily, particularly in Lent.

Fr. Valentine Boyle, OCarm (1920-2018)

His priestly ministry stretched from Illinois to Kansas to a parish, mission, the Native American Reservation and tribunal in the Diocese of Phoenix.

Fasting during Lent includes sharing, treating others kindly, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Loudly boasting or complaining about fasting during Lent and treating others unkindly is not what God wants, Pope Francis said.
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Lenten grocery guide

The time to shop for the remaining Fridays in Lent is now.
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Lent is time to notice God’s work, receive God’s mercy, pope says

ROME (CNS) — Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said.
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Feast of St. Valentine, Feb. 14

What little is known of the feast’s namesake can be attributed to the lives of two martyrs: Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni, though most scholars consider them to be the same person.

Soup dinner and no dessert? Valentine’s Day Ash Wednesday-style

The last time Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day overlapped, in 1945, the Detroit Tigers won the World Series. The next time: six years.

Lent is time to become aware of false prophets, cold hearts, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholics should use the season of Lent to look for signs and symptoms of being under the spell of false prophets and of living with cold, selfish and hateful hearts, Pope Francis said.
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Called: A Lenten reflection series [VIDEO]

Lenten alerts (emails, texts, social media feeds, bulletin ads) abound this time of year. We will bring you a more full resource guide in our February issue, but this is a start.

From the archives: Trappist monk left letter anticipating violent death

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Trappist Father Christian-Marie de Cherge, one of seven monks slain by Islamic terrorists in Algeria in 1996, left a letter that anticipated he would be assassinated.

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