Ash Wednesday in Rome

 Br. Edward Mazich, O.S.B., (second from left) is pictured on the front page of the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, on March 2, while he serves as deacon at a Mass on Ash Wednesday at Santa Sabina Church in Rome. He is also pictured in several other photos with Pope John Paul II in that same edition of the newspaper, including the one at right where he receives ashes from the Holy Father. Br. Edward is currently pursuing graduate studies in Rome at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. He is a Saint Vincent Seminary graduate and will be ordained to the priesthood this summer.