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Rules of fast and abstinence during Lent
February 15th, 2016

All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence for all Catholics 14 and older which means abstaining from meat which comes from animals such as chickens, cows, sheep or pigs – all of which live on land. Birds are also considered meat. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, (cold-blooded animals) and shellfish are permitted.

Catholics ages 18 to 59 should fast on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday
which means only one full, meatless meal. Some food can be taken at the other regular meal times if necessary, but combined they should be less than a full meal. Liquids are allowed at any time.

Exemptions other than for age from the requirement to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday
include the physically or mentally ill and pregnant or nursing women.

From February 18, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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