Ash Wednesday celebrated at local churches

Christians around the world are marking Ash Wednesday, and that includes people here in Michiana.

In South Bend, Catholics gathered at St. Matthew's Cathedral to receive ashes on their foreheads. Ash Wednesday is celebrated by many Christian faiths, including Catholics and Lutherans.

It ushers in the 40 days of Lent, which is a period of penance, reflection and fasting in preparation for Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.

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