Robert J Baker, head of the Catholic diocese of Birmingham, made this known in a letter addressed to the church members.
In the letter, Baker stated the importance of Ash Wednesday and the reason why a dispensation from standard laws of fast and abstinence would not be granted.
He wrote: “For the first time since 1945, Valentine’s day falls this year on Ash Wednesday. Some have wondered whether a dispensation from the standard laws of fast and abstinence would be granted.
“Out of respect for importance of Ash Wednesday in the lives of so many- including our non-Catholic brethren- and the way this underlines the importance of Lenten season at its outset, a dispensation will not be given.
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