Blessing

Paola Ciabattini holds up her 19-month-old son Daniele De Sanctis, dressed up as a pope, during Pope Francis' weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Francis kissed the child as the new must-have Carnival costume made its debut at the pope's general audience Wednesday. Daniele, who was crying, was hoisted up to Francis as he drove by in his open-topped jeep. During Carnival in Italy, children often go to school and spend their weekends dressed up in pirate, princess   and now pope   costumes. Carnival, also known as mardi gras, marks the period before the church's solemn Lenten season begins. Ciabattini said she dressed her son as a pope in a demonstration of affection towards Pope Francis.

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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 in the queue while waiting to be anointed outside the Saint Anton church in Madrid, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. It is the animal's patron saint day in which thousands of people all over Spain bring their pets to churches to be blessed.

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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 Kenya village of Wamba in Samburu November 21, 2013. 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. Prince George is the son of Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

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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 att...Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras attends a blessing ceremony in the Greek parliament for the new season on October 7, 2013.  AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

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Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras attends a blessing ceremony for the new season in the Athens parliament Read more