Catholics Suffer Blistering Sores & Acid Burns In Ash Wednesday Ritual

Evidently the Lord decided for Himself what these faithful are giving up for Lent this year: non-disfigured foreheads.

Via Crux:

PHILIPPINES ASH WEDNESDAYOvercooked charcoal caused an Ash Wednesday health scare in the Philippines, with the bishop ordering an investigation after several parishioners at his cathedral complained about irritation and blisters after receiving their ashes at the beginning of Lent.

The lab said overcooked charcoal, caused by over-burning the palms used to make the ash, made some of the ashes “caustic,” and it produced an acid when mixed with water before applying them to the faithful. [more]