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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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