Archbishop Charles Chaput celebrated Mass for a packed congregation at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18. He and auxiliary bishops, priests and deacons distributed ashes at the 12:05 p.m. Mass. Ashes were also distributed at the 7:15 a.m. and 12:35 and 5:30 p.m. Masses at the cathedral, and in the 219 parishes of the archdiocese. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent for Christians around the world. Pope Francis celebrated Mass at a basilica in Rome and sisters distributed ashes to thousands of Catholic outdoors in Manila, Philippines. (Photos by Catholic News Service).
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