Vatican's Ash Wednesday Mass Scaled Down Amid Pandemic

Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent for Christians, is usually among the most popular Masses.

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- Well, today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. And Pope Francis marked the occasion at St. Peter's Basilica this morning. Because of COVID precautions, the event that usually draws thousands of people was scaled back to a mass attended by just about 120 people. The Vatican said, this year, instead of rubbing ashes on foreheads, priests should sprinkle them.

During Lent, Christians usually give something up and practice more good deeds. Lent ends on Easter, which is April 4 this year.