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A young woman prays during an Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle February 17, 2010 in Washington, DC. Yesterday marked the beginning of Lent for Catholics, a 40-day penitential period before Easter. By Win McNamee/Getty Images.

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