Powerful Photos Show Pope Francis Praying Alone In St. Peter’s Square

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In a sign of the times, today Pope Francis delivered a special “Urbi et orbi” blessing from the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica to a completely empty Vatican City. Continue reading »

“Wei Sang” – A Traditional Praying Festival in Tibet

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Tibetans throw praying papers as they gather for a traditional praying festival called “Wei Sang”, in Hongyuan county of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province. The festival is usually held in every May or June, when Tibetans burn tree branches to create smoke and throw praying papers to wish for good fortunes and a better pasture season.
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Maurizio Cattelan’s Statue of Praying Hitler in Ex-Warsaw Ghetto Sparks Emotion

People look through at a statue by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan showing Adolf Hitler. praying on his knees, unseen, in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday Dec. 28, 2012. The work, «HIM» has been drawing visitors since it was installed last month and even some anger. One Jewish group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, condemned the work’s placement in the former ghetto as “a senseless provocation which insults the memory of the Nazis’ Jewish victims”.

Others are praising it, saying it has a strong emotional force that has them reflecting on the nature of human evil. (Czarek Sokolowski/AP via La Presse) Continue reading »