Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent for Christians - FOX 32 News Chicago

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent for Christians

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Today is Ash Wednesday which marks the first day of Lent for billions of Christians across the world.

Lent begins 40 days and nights of prayer and penance in the Christian church leading up to Easter.

Many people give up something during Lent, such as sweets, television or other activities.

Cardinal George celebrated Ash Wednesday mass at Holy Name Cathedral Wednesday at noon.

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