Ash Wednesday Today, Christians Observe First Day of Lent

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(Photo: Reuters/Romeo Ranoc)A mother looks on her son as a Roman Catholic nun applies soot on his forehead in observance of Ash Wednesday at the Redemptorist Church in Paranaque city, metro Manila February 25, 2009. Ash Wednesday, which ushers the 40-day Lenten Season, is observed by Catholics all over the world to remind mankind of being mortals.