Francis published a February 12 Lenten message full of his usual chitchat about the “journey” of conversion, living waters of hope etc.
More interesting than this is the illustration chosen by VaticanNews.va. It shows the Ash Wednesday distribution of the ashes performed by a casually dressed woman.
The shot was taken in Manila, Philippines, on February 26, 2020, and shows a "nun" in a small ruffled blouse.
It is forbidden this year (and next??) because they say one could transmit the virus by contact with skin. BUT we are required to receive communion on the hand wherein the "minister" touches everyone with the Body of Our Lord & their fingers. (Note: I've never received communion in this way WITHOUT feeling the knuckles of the one distributing on my palm!) More lunacy!