Ash Wednesday celebrated around the world

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Catholics pray at a chapel on the observance of Ash

Catholics pray at a chapel on the observance of Ash Wednesday at a church ground in Manila on Feb. 14, 2018. The 40-day period of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, with Catholics around the world observing the season which culminates in Easter Sunday. Ted Aljibe, AFP/Getty Images

A Catholic worshipper holds a cross during an Ash Wednesday

A Catholic worshipper holds a cross during an Ash Wednesday mass, which marks the beginning of Lent, at Beijing's government sanctioned South Cathedral on Feb. 14, 2018. Catholic community is awaiting news of whether the Vatican will reestablish ties with Beijing after over 60 years of diplomatic estrangement. Greg Baker, AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis holds a thurible as he leads Ash Wednesday

Pope Francis holds a thurible as he leads Ash Wednesday mass which opens Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter on Feb. 14, 2018, at the Santa Sabina church in Rome. Filippo Monteforte, AFP/Getty Images

Catholic faithfuls participate in the celebration of
Catholic faithfuls attend the celebration of Ash Wednesday

Catholic faithfuls attend the celebration of Ash Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Sanctuary in Bogota on Feb. 14, 2018. Wednesday marks the Christian period of Lent, prior to the Holy Week. Raul Arboleda, AFP/Getty Images

A man dressed as a roman soldier of ''Hermandad del

A man dressed as a roman soldier of ''Hermandad del Se–or'' brotherhood takes part in the ''Cristo Alzado'' procession during the Ash Wednesday, a day after the celebration of traditional carnivals, in Pamplona, Spain on Feb. 14, 2018. Alvaro Barrientos, AP

Sybil Surrett, left, looks at Rev. Joe Bowden after

Sybil Surrett, left, looks at Rev. Joe Bowden after he applied ashes to her forehead during Ash Wednesday services at The Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez, Ga. on Feb.14, 2018. 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. Michael Holahan, The Augusta Chronicle via AP

Laura Graf, right, and Jessica Birk from St. Charles

Laura Graf, right, and Jessica Birk from St. Charles Episcopal Church offer ashes-to-go to Sarah Travis, of St. Charles, on Ash Wednesday in St. Charles, Ill. on Feb. 14, 2018. 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. Brian Hill, Daily Herald via AP

Brother Kenneth Kaigle walks to a motorist to administer

Brother Kenneth Kaigle walks to a motorist to administer ashes curbside in front of All Saints Berkshires Episcopal Church on Summer Street in North Adams, Mass. on Feb. 14, 2018. To accommodate those, of all faiths, the church began the "Ashes to Go," service three years ago. 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. Gillian Jones, The Berkshire Eagle via AP

Sister Mary Alphonsus makes an ashen cross on the forehead

Sister Mary Alphonsus makes an ashen cross on the forehead of a resident and others in the chapel during the Ash Wednesday Mass at the Little Sisters of the Poor Holy Family Residence in St. Paul, Minn. on Feb. 14, 2018. There are nine nuns that serve 73 residents. Ash Wednesday is an official Christian religious holiday that takes place on the day before Lent, a period of fasting and penance. Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune via AP

Rev. Keiko Foster of the Market Street and Greenwood

Rev. Keiko Foster of the Market Street and Greenwood United Methodist Churches in Winchester, Va. encourages people to join the community Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 14, 2018, on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall in Winchester, Va. 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. Jeff Tayrlo, The Winchester Star via AP

Young penitents of the ''Hermandad del Se–or'' brotherhood

Young penitents of the ''Hermandad del Se–or'' brotherhood take part in the ''Cristo Alzado'' procession during the Ash Wednesday, a day after the celebration of traditional carnivals, in Pamplona, Spain on Feb. 14, 2018. Alvaro Barrientos, AP

East Timorese Catholic worshippers line up to receive

East Timorese Catholic worshippers line up to receive black soot marks as they observe Ash Wednesday at a Catholic church in Dili, East Timor, also known as Timor Leste on Feb. 14, 2018. Antonio Dasiparu, EPA-EFE

Members of the Santa Cruz brotherhood carry out a procession,

Members of the Santa Cruz brotherhood carry out a procession, at the end of the Ash Wednesday Mass, in Panchimalco, El Salvador on Feb. 14, 2018. Thousands of Salvadoran parishioners attended the Catholic churches of the country to participate in the traditional Ash Wednesday Mass, which marks the beginning of a period of reflection, fasting and prayer. Rodrigo Sura, EPA-EFE

Parishioners attend the mass of the Ash Wednesday at

Parishioners attend the mass of the Ash Wednesday at the church of San Juan Sacatepequez Municipality, in Guatemala on Feb. 14, 2018. Esteban Biba, EPA-EFE

Pope Francis celebrates the Ash Wednesday Mass at the

Pope Francis celebrates the Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Saint Sabina in Rome, Italy on Feb. 14, 2018. Angelo Carconi, EPA-EFE

A ray of sunlight illuminates a painting with the image

A ray of sunlight illuminates a painting with the image of Christ in the cathedral of Managua, Nicaragua on Feb.14, 2018. Jorge Torres, EPA-EFE

A woman with a baby in her arms receives the cross

A woman with a baby in her arms receives the cross of ash in the cathedral of Managua, Nicaragua on Feb. 14, 2018. Jorge Torres, EPA-EFE

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