PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is giving Catholics a pass to eat corned beef on St. Patrick's Day.
The holiday falls on a Friday during Lent, a day when Catholics are not supposed to eat meat.
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Archbishop Nelson Pérez granted a dispensation to all Roman Catholics in the archdiocese from their obligation to avoid meat on the holiday.
However, Catholics are encouraged to give up something else.
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All of New Jersey's dioceses are also making the exception.