Ash Wednesday Celebrations
Pope Francis: “We are the dusts which are loved by God”
At the Ash Wednesday mass, which Pope Francis led at the Basilica of Santa Sabina on Wednesday, he reminded that if we allow God to shape us, we discover that we are dust that can do many things. The Pope said the ashes on our foreheads should affect our thoughts. He said that we must ask ourselves “What am I living for?”. He added: “If we live to love and make God’s dream a reality, we will allow the fire of love to burn in our hearts,”, “Only Jesus Christ, who knows and loves your heart, can heal you. Lent is a time for healing.”
First Day of the Lent
At the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Şişli, Istanbul, on Wednesday (February 26th), the Ash Wednesday Celebration took place. The ceremony was led by Monsignor Ruben Tierrablanca Gonzalez, bishop of the Latin Catholic Church of Istanbul.