Ghanean Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson (C) attends a mass led by Pope Benedict XVI for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at St Peter's basilica at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI made his first public appearance on Wednesday since his shock resignation announcement, asking thousands of cheering pilgrims at the Vatican to 'keep praying for me'. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS
New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan joins fellow volunteers distributing food at a breadline at St. Francis Assisi on Ash Wednesday on February 22, 2012 in New York City. Dolan, just back from Rome, was among 22 Catholic churchmen who were elevated to cardinal Saturday by Pope Benedict XVI .
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Archbishop of Milan Angelo Scola celebrates Ash Mass on February 17, 2013 in Milan, Italy.Sunday of the ashes with the rite Ambrosiano, in which the Quaresima is deferred of four days and immediately begins on following Sundays.
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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, addresses the media at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Ash Wednesday on February 13, 2013 in New York City. Cardinal Dolan celebrated Mass and made the sign of the cross in ashes on the foreheads of Catholics, which marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of pray and fasting for many Christians. Dolan is expected to travel to Rome in the next month to participate in the College of Cardinals, which will choose a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who announded Monday that he will step down as Pontiff.
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Archbishop of New York cardinal Timothy Dolan attends a canonisation ceremony held by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff today named seven new saints; Jacques Berthieu, Pedro Calungsod, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Maria Carmen Salles y Barangueras, Marianne Cope, Caterina Tekakwitha and Anna Schaffer.
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Marc Ouellet (Canada) in Rome, Italy on October 21st, 2003.
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This combo made with twelve file picture on February 11, 2013 shows Cardinals likely to succeed to Pope Benedict XVI who announced today he will step down at the end of this month after an eight-year pontificate. Top row from left : Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, Argentine Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Brazilian Joao Braz de Aviz, Philippines' Luis Antonio Tagle, and Nigerian Peter Turkson. Bottom row from left : Austrian Cristoph Schonborn, Hungarian Peter Erdoe, Italian Angelo Scola, Canadian Marc Ouellet, Nigerian Francis Arinze, Nigerian John Onaiyekan, and USA's Timothy Dolan. AFP PHOTO