WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 18:  Cardinal Donald Wuerl places ashes on the foreheads of Catholics during Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle February 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. On Ash Wednesday, Catholics around the globe observe the beginning of Lent and observe the date with fasting and receiving ashes on their foreheads in the Sign of the Cross as a symbol of penance and conversion.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)