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On Ash Wednesday, Bishop lights candle for victims of sex abuse

Posted at 5:43 PM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 20:45:22-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — On this Ash Wednesday, Bishop Richard Malone lit a candle for victims of sex abuse at the hands of a Catholic Priest.

In a statement, the Bishop's office says, "This March the Diocese of Buffalo begins a special Year of Prayer for the healing of victims of clergy sexual abuse."

It goes on to say, "Lent is a time of prayer, mercy, forgiveness and renewal."

Parishioners all over Western New York received ashes at mass Wednesday.

It's been a difficult year for parishioners in the Catholic Church amid sweeping sex abuse scandals and cover-ups. Some tell 7 Eyewitness News this Lenten season is as important as ever.

"Some of the beliefs that we have are a little shaken but on the other hand if you're a believer you believe in the message not so much the messenger," said Bob McDonnell, a parishioner at St. Bernadette in Orchard Park.