Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent as observed by the Catholic Church. Some other Christian denominations, such as the Orthodox Churches, also observe Lent, but for some the season starts at a different time due to the use of the Julian Calendar instead of the Gregorian one.
From OSV Newsweekly, if you're Catholic and wish to improve your confessions or try a new way of praying the Rosary during this Lent, there's an app for that.
From the Official Vatican Network, Pope Francis celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass.
From Catholic News Agency, the Pope's interview with Corriere della Sera. (Via Lisa Graas, who shows how the media have misreported the Pope's statements on civil unions.)
From The Daily Caller, the Senate has stopped the confirmation of Debo Adegbile, a defender of convicted cop-killer Abu Mumia Jamal, who had been nominated for Assistant Attorney General.
From the New York Post, meanwhile over in the House of Representatives, during a hearing about the IRS scandal, a shouting match broke out.
From the Mail Online, speaking of the IRS, former official Lois Lerner pleads the Fifth for the second time, thus risking arrest for contempt of Congress.
From PC World, after already having some touch-enabled and speech-recognition programs, envisions a "touch-based Office".
From Life News, a Democrat State legislator in Alabama claims that 99% of whites would abort their baby if the father is black.
From Fox News, Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
From The Washington Free Beacon, the "Reset" has failed.
From Judicial Watch, the mayor of Scottsdale, Arizona denies a moment of silence for a fallen policeman.
From Twitchy, a Common Core math problem that "makes no sense whatsoever".
From CNN, the results of yesterday's primary election in Texas.
And from the Los Angeles Times, Chipotle claims that reports of their suspending guacamole from its menu have been greatly exaggerated.