Portland, Maine, March 2019 / (CNA) - Catholic Charities Maine has received a $100,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support 16 volunteers aiding the state's senior citizens.

Maine's U.S. Senators, Angus King, and Susan Collins made the announcement this week.

“In Maine, hundreds of seniors make significant contributions through our state’s Senior Corps programs, including the RSVP program,” the senators said in a joint statement March 11.

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Where do Ash Wednesday ashes come from?

AshWashington D.C., March 2019 / (CNA) - “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.”

Or, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

On Ash Wednesday, millions of Catholics throughout the English-speaking world will hear one of these two blessings as a priest applies ashes to their forehead in the sign of the cross.

But where exactly do the black or grey powdery ashes come from?

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Review: Not much substance 'In the Closet of the Vatican'

Vatican City, Feb 2019 (CNA) - “In the closet of the Vatican,” a newly released book by the French author and LGBT activist Frederic Martel, is generating global media attention and discussion among Vatican figures in Rome.

Published Feb. 21, the same day a Vatican summit on sexual abuse and the protection of minors begins, the book is simultaneously launched in 8 languages. Martel says he had 3 years to draft the text, with funds provided to travel and conduct his interviews, and, he says, with the help of about 80 collaborators.

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