(RNS1-FEB28) A man receives ashes on Ash Wednesday at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York in 2010. Christians are finding alternative ways to observe the 40-day period of fasting and abstinence that begins on Ash Wednesday. For use with RNS-ALTERNATE-LENT, transmitted Feb. 28, 2011. RNS photo by Gregory A. Shemitz.

(RNS1-FEB28) A man receives ashes on Ash Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York in 2010. Christians are finding alternative ways to observe the 40-day period of fasting and abstinence that begins on Ash Wednesday. For use with RNS-ALTERNATE-LENT, transmitted Feb. 28, 2011. RNS photo by Gregory A. Shemitz.