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

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Catholic Monsignor Robert T. Ritchie rubs ashes onto the forehead of... News PhotoAsh,Ash Wednesday,Catholicism,Celebration,Forehead,Horizontal,New York City,Religion,Rubbing,Spirituality,St. Patrick's Cathedral - Manhattan,Timothy M. Dolan - Archbishop,USAPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesNEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Catholic Monsignor Robert T. Ritchie rubs ashes onto the forehead of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, while celebrating Ash Wednesday at St. Patrick's Cathedral on February 13, 2013 in New York City. Cardinal Dolan offered Mass on the day 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 that he will step down as Pontiff. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)