A woman with a cross of ashes on her forehead attends Mass during the traditional Ash Wednesday service in San Jose

 
A woman with a cross of ashes on her forehead attends Mass during the traditional Ash Wednesday service in San Jose
A woman with a cross of ashes on her forehead attends Mass during the traditional Ash Wednesday service, at the Metropolitan Cathedral in San Jose, February 25, 2009. Wednesday marked the first day of the 40-day period of Lent during which Roman Catholics are called to make some form of sacrifice, usually by fasting for a short period. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate (COSTA RICA)