Christians around the world began their 40-day journey of spiritual renewal by observing Ash Wednesday, the traditional start of the season of Lent. In Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput led a noon-time Mass March 6 with distribution of ashes for hundreds of Catholics at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. They heard the words “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember you are dust and to dust you will return” when marked with the sign of the cross in ashes. See’s comprehensive package of Lenten resources here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)