Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley says it’s OK to eat corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day this year, even though it falls on a Friday during Lent.

“This year, the Feast of St. Patrick, the patron saint of our archdiocese, falls on a Friday during Lent. Given the importance of this feast in the life of the archdiocese and in the lives of so many of our families, I am granting a dispensation from the Friday Lenten abstinence on March 17, 2017, to those who wish to take advantage of this opportunity,” O’Malley wrote.

Catholics over 14 are required to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and each Friday during Lent.

 

 

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