Pope to Catholics: For Lent, give up trolling

Elias Hubbard
February 27, 2020

Addressing tens of thousands of worshippers in St Peter's Square in Rome on Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis said there was too much "verbal violence" that was "amplified by the internet".

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump issued a presidential message on Wednesday, February 26, acknowledging Ash Wednesday and offering prayers for everyone observing Lent.

Ash Wednesday marks the start of the 40-day penitential season of Lent, a time of spiritual preparation leading up to Easter on April 12. "Today, millions of Christians will be marked on their foreheads with the sign of the cross". Ash Wednesday Masses at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The official term of the Tuesday before Lent is "Shrove Tuesday".

Ash Wednesday falls on a different day each year because it is dependent on the date of Easter.

"Wherever the ash is placed, on the forehead or on the head, the feeling is the same, it's uplifting", Editha Lorenzo, a 49-year-old mother of two wearing a face mask, told The Associated Press in Manila. The same sins that Christians believe Jesus Christ gave his life for when he died on the cross.

Catholics are not supposed to eat meat on Ash Wednesday.

This week is host to two holidays, Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, that are a part of the long-standing season of Lent, during which people take as a time to "to give up specific pleasures, such as candies, alcohol, or social media, during Lent as a way to foster simplicity and self-control", according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, and continues on until the Good Friday.

It is not required that a worshiper wear the ashes for the rest of the day, although many Christians choose to do so.

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