Some Catholic bishops around the country are relieving the faithful from giving up meat on Fridays as they are already deprived of some foods and other pleasures during the coronavirus pandemic.
During Lent, the about six weeks from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, many Catholics practice self-denial and sacrifice as they repent of their sins and pray in preparation for Easter. Some choose a certain pleasures to give up for the full 40 days and are instructed not to eat meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent in addition to Good Friday.
But some bishops this year are telling their parishioners that they've given up enough as the coronavirus pandemic denies many people of gatherings, outside entertainment and everyday conveniences. While churches are holding online masses, many Catholics are also lamenting missing church during the holy season.