Ash Wednesday celebrated around the world

(AP/Michael Dwyer)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Christians around the world are celebrating Ash Wednesday.

Pope Francis held a Mass at the Vatican Wednesday morning. And in Rhode Island, Providence Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin celebrated a Mass at The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul early in the afternoon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of 40- day Lenten season.

Ashes are marked on the foreheads of the faithful with a cross — as a sign for the sins and forgiveness.

Catholics commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ by fasting, abstaining from meat, and repenting.

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