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Why do Italians sprinkle ashes on the head, instead of marking the forehead with them?


When I was in Rome, I noticed that blessed ashes were administered by sprinkling them on the crown of the head, rather than by marking the forehead with a cross, as is generally done in the U.S. Why?


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