Ash Wednesday fast: Tagle exempts Chinese

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Ash Wednesday fast: Tagle exempts Chinese

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle exempted Chinese-Filipino and Chinese Catholics from the required fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday, February 18, as the penitential day falls on the eve of Chinese New Year. In a circular letter, Tagle said the dispensation applies to the Archdiocese of Manila on February 18 from afternoon until midnight. By granting this dispensation, Tagle said he recognizes the “cultural and spiritual importance and the traditional practices” associated with the Chinese Lunar New Year.

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