Francis' First Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile on his way to attend the Via Crucis on Copacabana Beach during World Youth Day celebrations on July 26, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Buda Mendes/Getty)

It’s Ash Wednesday and this month is the one-year anniversary of the Francis papacy. Catholics, are you participating this year for the first time in a while? Are you getting ashes today? Are you going to make a sacrifice for lent this year?

Comments [9]

Bob from New York

You know it's a New York radio segment about giving up something for Lent when most people who called said they are going to try to be "nicer" to others... "And if they don't like it, they can lump it!"

Mar. 05 2014 10:35 AM
Tina from Queens

From my husband's popular wisdom:))
"Ashes to Ashes
Dust to Dust
What is a woman
Without a bust?"

Mar. 05 2014 10:35 AM
John A

Thank-you for this segment, you seen to be getting some great callers too.
Most churches have evening service too, for any procrastinators (like me) out there.

Mar. 05 2014 10:33 AM
Andrea from NYC

My husband and I are giving up all TV and all media in the evening. No internet, (unless we are using it as a tool, no browsing) no radio, everything we do has to be a choice, not a habit. We're looking forward to reading books, talking, cooking, getting to the gym and going out! (He's getting special dispensation for opening day of baseball, heading to a Meetup.)

Mar. 05 2014 10:31 AM
RosieNYC from NYC

No change regarding the basic tenets and dogmas of the church whatsoever: women are still second class citizens, sex for procreation only, homosexuality as a choice and a sin, to name a few very still troublesome aspects of this institution. Not to mention the latest excuses for the sex-abuse scandal and cover-up. Pope Benedict's actions "courageous"?!?!
Honestly, it will take more than "a nice guy" as the front of the church to get me to even consider the church seriously ever again.

Mar. 05 2014 10:31 AM
Mark from Manhattan

I'm giving up guilt

Mar. 05 2014 10:30 AM

For those followers of your program who are familiar with the Italian language, I highly recommend today's interview with pope Francis on the "Corriere della Sera" newspaper:

A refreshing portrait of a very intelligent, compassionate and human person, even for a borderline atheist as myself.

Mar. 05 2014 10:29 AM
Mary Ellen

You are so disrespectful of Catholic's you are a bigot- the symbol of the ashes are to remind us to be humble - Remember, man, that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return" to remind us of our mortality.
Why don't you mention how the Pope spoke of the Anti Catholic bigotry that is so prevelant today.

Mar. 05 2014 10:29 AM
ernie from UWS

Brian --

I don't think it's called the "ash on your forehead thing"

Mar. 05 2014 10:17 AM

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