U.S. Christians Mark Start Of Lent With Ash Wednesday


Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, blesses cancer... News PhotoAsh Wednesday,Blessing,Cancer - Illness,Cardinal - Clergy,Horizontal,New York City,Patient,Religion,Spirituality,St. Patrick's Cathedral - Manhattan,Timothy M. Dolan - Archbishop,USAPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesNEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, blesses cancer patient Rocky Sweeney on Ash Wednesday at St. Patrick's Cathedral on February 13, 2013 in New York City. Sweeney, from Staten Island, was to undergo a chemotherapy session later in the afternoon. Cardinal Dolan celebrated Mass and offered ashes to Catholics, which marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of pray and fasting for many Christians. Dolan is expected to travel to Rome in the next month to participate in the College of Cardinals, which will choose a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who announded Monday that he will step down as Pontiff. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)