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Irish archbishop: St. Patrick was an ‘undocumented migrant’

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ARMAGH, Northern Ireland — The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has urged Irish people and those of Irish descent celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to remember the plight of migrants.

Archbishop Eamon Martin, St. Patrick’s modern-day successor as archbishop of Armagh, used his message for the March 17 feast to recall that St. Patrick was first brought to Ireland as a slave by traffickers. Read more »

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Bring out the corned beef: Bishop grants Catholics dispensation from abstaining from meat on St. Patrick’s Day

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Bishop Malooly has granted Catholics in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore a dispensation from the obligation to abstain from meat on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17.

Catholics who take advantage of the dispensation are encouraged to perform some other penance, such as abstaining from meat another day.

For Catholics, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence from meat. The norms concerning abstinence are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onward. In addition, Ash Wednesday (March 1, 2017) and Good Friday (April 14) are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence from meat for Catholics.

More information about Lent is available on the Diocese of Wilmington’s website — www.cdow.org.

 

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