For Ash Wednesday, Vatican asks priests to ‘sprinkle’ ashes on heads

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments asked priests to take special anti-COVID-19 precautions this year when distributing ashes on Ash Wednesday, February 17, including sprinkling ashes on the top of people’s heads rather than using them to make a cross on people’s foreheads.

God gives everyone the task of being peacemakers, pope says

VATICAN CITY — As the Catholic Church celebrated World Peace Day January 1, Pope Francis offered prayers for the people of war-torn Yemen, especially the nation’s children left without education and often without food by years of civil war.