- Mar 6, 2021
A teacher in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah was placed on administrative leave after she forced a Catholic student to wash off the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead.
On Wednesday Pope Francis kicked off the Lenten season sending a reminder to Christians that earthly pleasures, while seemingly important, will fade “like dust in the wind,” and as such, the penitential season is a reminder to focus on what is truly important.
Long, orange flames consumed the palms Massgoers had brought in to Washington’s Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land March 3 to burn ceremonially before the noontime crowd that gathered for their last Sunday Mass before Lent.
Church tradition prescribes ashes used on this day be made from the palm branches blessed on Palm Sunday. By involving children in the process of creating these ashes, the staff of St. Bartholomew parish in Columbus, Indiana hoped the young people would better understand the rich symbolism contained in the tradition.
This year’s Lent has special significance because Ash Wednesday, March 6, marks the celebration of Ghana’s 62nd anniversary of independence, said the Ghana Bishops’ Conference.
When Lent begins March 6, U.S. Catholics will likely be more than ready for it.
This coming week, Christian believers throughout the world observe the stark observance of Ash Wednesday and so begin the penitential season of Lent.
Pope Francis and top officials of the Roman Curia will leave the Vatican March 10-15 for their annual Lenten retreat, the Vatican confirmed Feb. 26, but it did not announce who the retreat leader would be.