What is the most beautiful place of worship that comes to your mind? Maybe it’s St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney or perhaps it’s further afield - like the iconic St Peter’s Basilica in Rome or the glorious Notre-Dame in Paris. Everyone has their favourite.
At the annual Ash Wednesday Mass, Pope Francis invited everyone to live the 40 days of Lent as a time to “pause” from things which keep us from virtue and to return home to the loving and merciful embrace of Jesus Christ.
On 13 February, 2008 – 10 years ago today – the then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised for the treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the policies that caused pain, trauma and suffering for those peoples.
Ash Wednesday is inextricably linked to Easter. After all, it marks the beginning of the Lent penance period that ends on Holy Thursday, the day before Good Friday. In churches during Lent, the colour purple is prominent, symbolising mourning and penance and churches may remove decorations and choose more solemn hymns, to reflect Lent’s sombre tone.