US Vice President Joe Biden speaks as family members gather to pay their respects at Ground Zero during a 9/11 memorial ceremony on September 11, 2009 in New York City. Family of the victims, government officials and others gathered at the annual ceremony to remember the attacks that killed more than 2,700 people with the destruction of the World Trade Center, the crash at the Pentagon and United 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. (Getty Images)more pics »
Vice President Joe Biden
is Catholic, so he's taking this Lent season seriously. The politician appeared with ashes on his forehead after attending a church service this morning, in recognition of Ash Wednesday. Biden wears ashes on his forehead (Americanpapist.com)
According to ABCNews.com
, Biden was introducing President Obama at an event to mark the one-year anniversary of the Recovery Act, where he showed the ashes. He's the first Catholic VP in US history, and he regularly attends mass. He said back in 2007, "I get comfort from carrying my rosary, going to mass every Sunday. It's my time alone."
Ash Wednesday represents the first day of Lent, the 40-day period until Easter Sunday. Those who attend worship services receive ashes in the shape of a cross marked on their foreheads, symbolizing repentance.
Obama commented on the occasion today in a statement. He said, "Michelle and I join Christians here in America and around the world in observing Ash Wednesday. We mark this solemn day of repentance and promise, knowing that Lent is a time for millions to renew faith and also deepen a commitment to loving and serving one another."
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