June 10, 1745: Libentissime Quidem

On 10 June 1745, Pope Benedict XIV issued the encyclical “Libentissime Quidem” in which he recalled two of his previous documents on fasting and underlined the duty to respect or restore the discipline of fasting.
The Christian tradition of fasts and abstinence developed from Old Testament practices, and was an integral part of the early church community. While the rules about fasting and abstaining from food and drink have varied over time , the practice at designated times during the Church year should be obligatory for all Catholics, from age 18 until age 59.



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