Distribution of ashes

Question from Henry on 2/7/2008:  
During the Pope's Ash Wednesday service, ashes were sprinkled on top of the head rather than being traced in the form of a cross on the forehead. Can you explain the differences in this custom and why?
Answer by Catholic Answers on 2/7/2008: 

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