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Pope Francis leads scaled down Ash Wednesday mass

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Posted at Feb 17 2021 08:19 PM

Pope Francis leads scaled down Ash Wednesday mass

Pope Francis sprinkles a member of the clergy with ashes during Ash Wednesday mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. This year’s Ash Wednesday mass was scaled down due to COVID-19 concerns, with the pope saying mass for about 120 people only inside St. Peter's Basilica instead of an outdoor procession.