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An empy papal throne lies prior the mass for Ash Wednesday, opening... News PhotoAsh Wednesday,Christianity,Easter,Holy Week,Horizontal,International Landmark,Just Say No,Lent,Loss,Opening Event,Religion,Religious Mass,St. Peter's Basilica - The Vatican,State of the Vatican City,Throne,VaticanPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPAn empy papal throne lies prior the mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at St Peter's basilica at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI made his first public appearance on Wednesday since his shock resignation announcement, asking thousands of cheering pilgrims at the Vatican to 'keep praying for me'. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ALESSANDRO BIANCHI (Photo credit should read ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/AFP/Getty Images)