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Pope Francis kisses a baby Jesus statue as he arrives to celebrate a New Year's Eve vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica at the...

TENDER MOMENT: Pope Francis kissed a statue of baby Jesus in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Tuesday.

Christians took part in a procession in Manila on Tuesday. Ezra Acayan/Zuma Press

Photos of the Day: Jan. 7

Christians took part in a procession in Manila on Tuesday.

Smart Girls vs. Bombs - NYTimes.com - " sometimes a girl with a book is more powerful than a drone in the sky."

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A girl reads in front of her class at Mir Ali Ahmad Girls School in Parwan Province, Afghanistan. [OS] x

KOHL IN HIS EYE: A man winced as kohl was applied to his eyelids at the Grand Mosque during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in San’a, Yemen, Sunday. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)

Photos of the Day: July 21

KOHL IN HIS EYE: A man winced as kohl was applied to his eyelids at the Grand Mosque during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in San’a, Yemen, Sunday.

KEEP OUT OF SIGHT: An ultra-Orthodox Jew raised his hand to block his own view as Jerusalem’s Slut Walk marched through downtown Jerusalem Friday. Mostly modestly dressed participants made a statement in the pious and sanctimonious city. (Nir Alon/Zuma Press)

Photos of the Day: May 31

KEEP OUT OF SIGHT: An ultra-Orthodox Jew raised his hand to block his own view as Jerusalem’s Slut Walk marched through downtown Jerusalem Friday. Mostly modestly dressed participants made a statement in the pious and sanctimonious city. (Nir Alon/Zuma Press)

PROUD POPE: Pope Francis showed off the statue of the Madonna of Aparecida, whom Catholics venerate as the patroness of Brazil, in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday. This is the pontiff’s first official papal trip outside of Italy. (Stefano Rellandini/Reuters)

Photos of the Day: July 24

PROUD POPE: Pope Francis showed off the statue of the Madonna of Aparecida, whom Catholics venerate as the patroness of Brazil, in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday. This is the pontiff’s first official papal trip outside of Italy.

El Papa Francisco celebró la Misa de Gallo en el Vaticano

El Papa Francisco celebró la Misa de Gallo en el Vaticano

In his Christmas Eve homily Thursday, Pope Francis noted the simplicity of Jesus’ birth as he rebuked what he called societies’ intoxication with consumerism, pleasure, abundance and wealth.

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With a single shot a Sami reindeer hunter secures food for his family during the long Swedish winter, Arjeplog, Lappland, Sweden by Izabelle Nordfjell

Taking the podvig of the holy fool--This man’s name is Dobre. A Bulgarian man living in abject poverty. He has donated over 20k euros to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Everyday, he stands in the church & begs, but not for himself. All money given to him, he donates to the church. He is the biggest individual donor to the church in the past few decades. He walks several kilometers to and from the church each day. He is known as “The Righteous from Bajlo

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98 year old dobri dobrev, a man who lost his hearing in the second world war, walks 10 kilometers from his village in his homemade clothes and leather shoes to the city of sofia, where he spends the day begging for money.

Javier de Agustín Aldeguer

Javier de Agustín Aldeguer

Pope Francis kisses a statue of an infant Jesus during a New Year's Eve vespers mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

Pope Francis kisses a statue of an infant Jesus during a New Year's Eve vespers mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

Week of Sept 20-26, 2014 Tibetan devotees waited for their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to arrive at Tsuglagkhang, the main temple in McLeod Ganj, India, on Wednesday. Sanjay Baid/European Pressphoto Agency

From Somersaults in South Korea to Dalai Lama Devotees, the Week in Photos

China crackdown slows Tibet refugee crossings to freedom in India - The Washington Post

Pope Francis delivers first Christmas Eve homily: 'Do not be afraid!' - World News

Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson, offers communion to people on the Mexican side of the international border, Tuesday, April 2nd, 2014.  The defense of immigrants is a priority for the Catholic church tantamount to its fight against abortion....

O’Malley preaches support for immigrants at US border

Week of Mar 29 - Apr 2014 Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson, offers communion to people on the Mexican side of the international border on Tuesday in Nogales, Ariz.

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