Paola Ciabattini holds up her 19-month-old son Daniele De Sanctis, dressed as a pope, during Pope Francis’s weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Francis kissed the child as the new must-have Carnival costume made its debut at the Pope’s general audience on Wednesday.
A cat hisses at a Great Dane dog while waiting to be anointed outside the San Anton church in Madrid on Friday. It is the animal’s patron saint day in which thousands of people all over Spain bring their pets to churches to be blessed.
A Samburu moran stands next to a fattened black bull in the remote northern Kenyan village of Wamba in Samburu. British High Commissioner to Kenya, Christian Turner, will accept the bull from the Namunyak women’s group during a ceremony to bless and celebrate the birth of Britain’s Prince George.
Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras attends a blessing ceremony for the new season in the Athens parliament