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St Patricks Day Archbishop Grants Dispensation For St. Patrick's Day - Hartford Courant Weather Alert in Windham, Tolland, Hartford, New London, New Haven, Middlesex, Fairfield and Litchfield counties.March 12 Connecticut Archbishop Grants Dispensation For St. Patrick's Day Hartford Archbishop On Lent And St. Patrick's Day Hartford Archbishop Leonard P. Blair explains the purpose of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, and why he's granted a dispensation for Catholics for St. Patrick's Day.   Hartford Archbishop Leonard P. Blair explains the purpose of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, and why he's granted a dispensation for Catholics for St. Patrick's Day.   Jordan Otero Sisson Contact Reporter Despite St. Patrick's Day falling on a Friday during Lent this year, Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of Hartford will be able to enjoy the traditional corned beef dinner.The festivities centered around the Irish saint and the observance of Lent collide this year. Catholics traditionally abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent, but Archbishop Leonard P. Blair granted a dispensation, or special exception, for the obligation on March 17. Blair explained that the move is not uncommon or unprecedented, as many bishops have historically granted such an exception when Lent and St. Patrick's Day have coincided. He added that because saints are the "heroes ... [and] champions" of the Catholic faith, it's appropriate to honor their lives and work."Saint Patrick was a great apostle of Ireland," Blair said. "He's the one who, centuries ago, evangelized Ireland and brought the Christian faith there and planted it. He's been very dear to the Irish people ever since, and to the extent that the Irish community has spread throughout the world, so has the devotion to St. Patrick." Dispensations have also been granted in dozens of other dioceses this year, including in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Chicago and New York.Catholics aren't completely off the hook, though. Many bishops, including Blair, are encouraging Catholics over age 14 – those required to abstain from meat on Lenten Fridays – to go meatless another day, or to complete an extra act of charity or penance in exchange for eating meat.Blair said he strongly encourages the faithful to observe the abstinence another day next week, "because it's for our spiritual good.""There's a discipline to Lent, a self-discipline in preparation for Easter," Blair said. "It's about turning our minds, hearts and bodies to God."All of us need, in our busy and hectic lives, to make some more time to think about those things that are most important in life, and especially in relation to God," Blair said. "We realize that in this frantic world in which we live, unless we create some time and some self-discipline, that becomes harder and harder to do. I encourage people not to let Lent 2017 pass them by. It's never too late to start this Lent." 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It commemorates the day in 1959 when Tibetans rose up in Lhasa, Tibet's capital, to protest against the Chinese occupation and oppression and to mark the Dalai Lama's flight into India.  Participants were holding a banner that displayed photographs of more than 140 Tibetans who, since 2009, self-immolated to protest the repressive Chinese occupation.  Members of the Tibetan community in Connecticut gathered on Friday, March 10 to mark the 58th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day in front of Hartford City Hall.  The event, organized by the Tibetan American Community of Connecticut, drew about 60 Tibetans from across the state. It commemorates the day in 1959 when Tibetans rose up in Lhasa, Tibet's capital, to protest against the Chinese occupation and oppression and to mark the Dalai Lama's flight into India.  Participants were holding a banner that displayed photographs of more than 140 Tibetans who, since 2009, self-immolated to protest the repressive Chinese occupation.  Caption International Women's Day Central Connecticut State University held a rally in observation of International Women's Day and A Day Without a Woman Wednesday afternoon on campus to show their support of a women's rights and the empowerment of women. Central Connecticut State University held a rally in observation of International Women's Day and A Day Without a Woman Wednesday afternoon on campus to show their support of a women's rights and the empowerment of women. Caption Audio: Katiria Vanessa Tirado Calls 911 Hartford resident Katiria Vanessa Tirado called 911 on Feb. 14 to report that her 17-year-old son was vomiting and had a bulging stomach. Her son, Matthew, later died and Tirado was charged with cruelty to persons after police said her son weighed 84 lbs. (Ronald DeRosa) Hartford resident Katiria Vanessa Tirado called 911 on Feb. 14 to report that her 17-year-old son was vomiting and had a bulging stomach. Her son, Matthew, later died and Tirado was charged with cruelty to persons after police said her son weighed 84 lbs. (Ronald DeRosa) Caption Hartford Neighborhood Schools Left Behind 20 Years After Sheff Ruling Twenty years after Sheff v. O'Neill — Connecticut's decree that racial isolation in Hartford schools violated children's constitutional rights — neighborhood schools have been left in the ruling's shadow. Twenty years after Sheff v. O'Neill — Connecticut's decree that racial isolation in Hartford schools violated children's constitutional rights — neighborhood schools have been left in the ruling's shadow. Privacy Policy Copyright © 2017, Hartford Courant Obitse-NewspaperBreakingSportsVideoPoliticsCommunityMost Viewed 26°
 

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