Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent

CALEXICO, Calif. – For millions of Catholics around the world Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten journey in becoming closer to Christ.


In Calexico,  dozens took time out of their day to attend Mass and receive their ashes on their forehead.
“It’s a day for repentance. It’s a day to repent of our sins that we have and also of fast and abstinence,” Lily Topete said.

Catholics don’t eat meat on this day and they also fast in various ways like eating two small meals or eating only bread and drinking water.
Lent lasts for 40 days. It’s a journey of knowing Jesus Christ more and having a closer relationship with Him.
“It’s a beautiful time to get into our inner self and to have a very personal encounter with God,” Rev. Miguel Campos said.

It’s a time to remember when Jesus died on the cross for sins and saving the world and resurrecting.
They believe sacrificing during this time helps to focus more on their relationship with God and what He wants them to hear.
“Very intimate. To get into your inner self and to go into the mystery. When I talk about the mystery I’m not talking about something to be afraid of. It’s to confront ourselves,” Rev. Campos said.

Lent ends after 40 days on resurrection Sunday on Easter.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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