Of course, the big news in the Catholic world is that Pope Benedict is renouncing his office (here are some thoughts on that).
At the same time, Ash Wednesday is coming up.
And, in fact, Ash Wednesday--and Lent in general--is a good time to pray for Pope Benedict and the upcoming conclave.
Here are 9 things you need to know about Ash Wednesday.
1. What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday is the day that Lent begins (see: 9 things you need to know about Lent).
The name comes from the fact that a particular rite is always celebrated on this Wednesday in which the faithful have ashes put on their foreheads.
According to the Roman Missal:
In the course of today's Mass, ashes...READ MORE