Pope Francis celebrated mass at the Vatican this Ash Wednesday.
The pope joined by the Missionaries of Mercy at Saint Peter’s Cathedral.
The holiday marks the beginning of Lent which finishes with an Easter celebration to honor Jesus dying on the cross and resurrecting to life.
Pope Francis also making headlines this week for agreeing to meet with the Russian Oorthodox patriarch in Cuba. This will be the first time the leaders of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Church have met face to face.
The great schism of the Christian church between east and west dates back to the eleventh century.