Shut off cellphone, open Bible for Lent, pope tells faithful

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Lent is a time to remove all distractions and bitterness from one’s life in order to better hear God and those who suffer silently and need help, Pope Francis said.

Recording artist Dana headlines Lenten program on Great Catholic Music

Irish recording artist Dana

CANTON, Ohio (CNS) — Great Catholic Music, a free Catholic music platform with over 16,000 downloads, is partnering Irish Catholic recording artist Dana this Lent to bring listeners the hourlong program "The Stations of the Cross," airing every Friday of the penitential season.

Pope says revision of canon law section on crime, penalties is necessary

books of canon law

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The 12-year process of updating the Code of Canon Law section dealing with crimes and penalties was necessary "to make it more organic and responsive to new situations and problems," Pope Francis said.