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Pope Francis leads the Ash Wednesday mass at the Santa Sabina Basilica, in Rome, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a solemn period of 40 days of prayer and self-denial leading up to Easter. (AP Photo/Gabriel Bouys, pool)

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Pope Francis leads the Ash Wednesday mass at the Santa Sabina Basilica, in Rome, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a solemn period of 40 days of prayer and self-denial leading up to Easter. (AP Photo/Gabriel Bouys, pool)

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An Indian Catholic priest marks cross symbol on the forehead of devotees during an Ash Wednesday service at the St. Joseph Cathedral in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Christians make up about 2.3 percent of India's population of 1.26 billion. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

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Congregants pray as Cardinal Donald Wuerl leads noon mass on Ash Wednesday at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Congregants pray as Cardinal Donald Wuerl leads noon mass on Ash Wednesday at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A Cardinal is sprinkled with ashes by Pope Francis during the Ash Wednesday mass at the Santa Sabina Basilica in Rome, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a solemn period of 40 days of prayer and self-denial leading up to Easter. (AP Photo/Max Rossi, Pool)

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Leslie Farrington, a St. Michael's Catholic Church parishioner, walks back to her pew after receiving ashes during an Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a time when Christians commit to acts of penitence and prayer in preparation for Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Opelika-Auburn News, Albert Cesare)

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl greets congregants after leading noon mass on Ash Wednesday at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Congregants arrive for mass on Ash Wednesday at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl greets congregants after leading noon mass on Ash Wednesday at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)