Preparations Begins for 40-Day Lenten Season
People of the Catholic faith and other Christians are marking Ash Wednesday to welcome the beginning of the 40-day Lenten season. Pope Francis kicked off the season today at the Vatican. Ash Wednesday signifies the start of Lent, which runs until Easter. Catholics and other Christians traditionally have cross-shaped ashes applied to their foreheads on this day as a way of showing their faith. Those who observe lent are also encouraged to give up or modify a habit or life style during the 40-day period.