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Pope Francis meets the Missionaries of Mercy yesterday (AP)

Francis sends out missionaries of mercy after the blessing and bestowal of ashes in St Peter’s Basilica

Vaclav Havel's widow holds an urn containing his ashes (CTK Photo/Roman Vondrous)

The Italian Church’s newly promulgated Funeral Rites leave me in a quandary

Cardinal Jozef Tomko places ashes on Benedict XVI’s forehead at the start of Lent

The England team celebrates during the fifth Ashes Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (Photo: PA)

After all, the mighty are being put down from their seats and the humble exalted