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    How Valentine’s Day and Lent both point to God’s perfect love


    Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same date this year. But what do a commercialised day celebrating romance and a period of religious fasting have in common? A surprising amount, suggests Andrew Bunt

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    What is Ash Wednesday?


    Pancake day is over and Lent has begun. But where did the day we call Ash Wednesday come from, and why do we celebrate it? Karen Murdarasi explores the origins of the Christian festival, and some of the more unusual ways it is marked today