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Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday Coincide this Year: What’s a Catholic to Do?

For the first time since 2018, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall on the same day. It has happened three times in the last century – 1923, 1934 and 1945 – and will happen again in 2029 for the final time this century.

Ask An Eastern Orthodox Christian: Conflicts in your faith

How does the theology and practice of the original ancient Christian faith of Christ and the apostles conflict with our secular culture and present lifestyles?  Let’s examine one significant aspect of this divergence: fasting.

Ask An Eastern Orthodox Christian: Fasting and Salvation

Does an athlete need to exercise to become stronger and develop an endurance to “run the good race?” Much the same way, the spiritual, athletic needs to incorporate spiritual discipline.

Fasting shows to have multiple benefits

Do you have a practice of fasting for one meal or once a month or during daylight hours for a week?

Local Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan

On Thursday nearly 1,000 Muslims from around the region gathered at the Spokane Islamic Center to celebrate the end of Ramadan with Eid prayers.

“Ramadan was a time to boost our batteries, and boost ourselves,” said Imam Yasser Shahin.

POLL: Have you ever fasted?

Although they do it at different times and for different reasons, the faithful followers of many religious traditions participate in some kind of fast.

The Jewish fast day of Tisha B'Av, a day of mourning, began on the evening of July 15.

Heat poses challenge to Muslims fasting during Ramadan

In Spokane, temperatures are above normal too. Weather.com reports that July's average high temperature is in the mid-80s, and already Spokane is in the mid-90s.

The annual 30-day fast known as Ramadan, one of Islam’s five pillars, began Tuesday (July 9) and requires that believers forgo food and drink. At this time of year, that means 15 hours of parched throats and unquenched thirst.

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