A period of forty days before Easter, time of fasting.

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What is the connection between Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Lent, etc?

Coming from a Protestant tradition, I grew up hearing about Lent but never having any practice associated with it. In the years since, I've gathered that there's some sort of connection between ...
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Eating of which non-fish animals does not go against the dietery law of the Roman Catholic Church?

During lent a Roman Catholic may not consume meat other than that of a fish. However, there are some non-fish animals that have been considered okay to consume during that time, like beaver for ...
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Why is purple the color of Lent?

I was just reading Mark 15:17-20 (ESV) (emphasis mine): And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. And they began to salute him, “Hail, ...
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What is the Catholic definition of meat for Lenten Fridays?

On English Language Learners, the definition of meat came up, and the question of what animals comprise meat. Tangentially, this led to a question about Catholics abstaining from meat on Lenten ...