• Ashes not only symbolize humanity's frail mortality but are also a reminder of God's infinite love of people, whom he created from dust, Pope Francis said.

    Pope Francis arrives in procession to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome Feb. 26, 2020.

    Pope Francis arrives in procession to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome Feb. 26, 2020. (CNS photo by Paul Haring)

  • A spokesman for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said officials are concerned how the coronavirus would affect Lenten and Easter pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

    Passengers are seen wearing protective face masks in Seoul's Incheon Airport.

    Passengers are seen wearing protective face masks in Seoul's Incheon Airport Feb. 22, 2020, as cases of the coronavirus increase in South Korea. (CNS photo by Geyres Christophe/ABACA via Reuters)

  • Jean Vanier, founder of the ecumenical L'Arche communities that provide group homes and spiritual support for people with intellectual disabilities, used his status to have "manipulative...

    Jean Vanier is pictured in a March 11, 2015, photo.

    Jean Vanier, founder of the L'Arche communities, is pictured in a March 11, 2015, photo. Vanier, a Canadian Catholic figure whose charity work helped improve conditions for the developmentally disabled in multiple countries over the past half century, died May 7 at age 90. (CNS photo courtesy Jean Vanier Association)