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A woman holds a picture of Pope Francis while waiting for his arrival for the Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup stadium in Daejeon August 15, 2014. Pope Francis on Friday commemorated the more than 300 people killed in a ferry disaster in April, and called on South Koreans, among Asia's richest people, to beware of the spiritual "cancer" that often accompanies affluent societies.

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A woman holds a picture of Pope Francis while waiting for holy mass at a stadium at Daejeon, South Korea, on Friday. The Pope commemorated more than 300 people killed in a ferry disaster in April.

Devotees carry a statue of Saint John the Baptist as they take part in a religious ritual known locally as "Taong Putik", while celebrating the feast day of their Catholic patron saint in the village of Bibiclat

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Devotees carry a statue of Saint John the Baptist in the Philippines as they take part in a religious ritual known locally as “Taong Putik” while celebrating the feast day of their Catholic patron saint in the village of Bibiclat, north of Manila.

Pilgrims in traditional Bavarian folk costumes attend an outdoor mass to celebrate Ascension (in German called Christi Himmelfahrt) at the open-air altar at Birkenstein on May 29, 2014 near Fischbachau, Germany. Approximately 2,000 pilgrims from 40 different folk group associations participated in the annual event to mark Jesus Christ's ascension to Heaven. Bavaria is predominantly Catholic.

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Pilgrims in traditional Bavarian folk costumes attend an outdoor mass to celebrate Ascension at the open-air altar at Birkenstein on Thursday near Fischbachau, Germany

Italian former Prime Minister Silvio Ber...Italian former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi arrives at the Catholic hospice in Cesano Boscone to begin community service for tax fraud on May 9, 2014. The billionaire tycoon, who was convicted last year and has been expelled from parliament, has been ordered to work once a week for up to a year as a volunteer in a hospice for Alzheimer's patients just outside Milan.   AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACEGIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images

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Italian former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi arrives at the Catholic hospice in Cesano Boscone, southwest of Milan, to begin community service for tax fraud. The billionaire tycoon, convicted last year and expelled from parliament, has been ordered to work once a week for up to a year as a volunteer in a hospice for Alzheimer’s patients. Read more

New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard march during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican  May 6, 2014. The Swiss Guard, founded in 1506, consist of 100 volunteers who must be of Swiss nationality, Catholic, single, at least 174 cm (5.7 ft) tall and without a beard. New recruits are sworn in every year on May 6 to commemorate the day where 147 Swiss soldiers died defending the Pope during an attack on Rome in 1527.

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New recruits of the Vatican’s elite Swiss Guard attend a swearing in ceremony at the Vatican. The Swiss Guard, founded in 1506, consists of 100 volunteers who must be of Swiss nationality, Catholic, single, at least 174cm (5.7ft) tall and without a beard

Man whips a devotee during a Maundy Thursday ritual by penitents to atone for sins in Angeles...A man whips a devotee during a Maundy Thursday ritual by penitents to atone for sins in Angeles, Pampanga north of Manila April 17, 2014. Flagellation is a form of religious discipline observed every lenten season by Catholic devotees in the Philippines

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A man whips a devotee during a Maundy Thursday ritual by penitents to atone for sins in Angeles, Pampanga north of Manila. Flagellation is a form of religious discipline observed every lenten season by Catholic devotees in the Philippines

Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan march during a religious procession in Tolosa on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on November 18, 2013 over one week after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the area.  The United Nations estimates that 13 million people were affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan with around 1.9 million losing their homes.

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Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan take part in a religious procession in Tolosa, on the Philippine island of Leyte, on Monday. More than 4,000 people have been killed by the storm and the death toll may go higher.

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Pope Francis blesses and waves to the crowd as he arrives for his weekly open-air general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Read more

An elderly woman holds toilet paper outside a public toilet near a roman catholic church during celebrations of the Assumption of Mary in Cacica, northern Romania, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. The church, famous for it's Black Madonna icon, was built by members of the Polish community in the area and completed in 1904 and in the year 2000 was awarded the title of Basilica Minor by the late Pope John Paul II. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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A woman holds toilet paper outside a public convenience near the Roman Catholic church during celebrations of the Assumption of Mary in Cacica, northern Romania on Thursday. The church, famous for it’s Black Madonna icon, was built by members of the Polish community and completed in 1904. In 2000, it was awarded the title of Basilica Minor by the late Pope John Paul II Read more

People raise their hands for blessing as they attend a mass celebrating the feast day of the Catholic patron Saint John the Baptist in the village of Bibiclat...People, covered with mud and dried banana leaves, raise their hands for blessing as they attend a mass celebrating the feast day of the Catholic patron Saint John the Baptist in the village of Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija, north of Manila, June 24, 2013. Hundreds of devotees took part in this annual religious tradition, which has been held in the village since 1945.

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People, covered with mud and dried banana leaves, raise their hands for blessing as they attend a mass celebrating the feast day of the Catholic patron Saint John the Baptist in the village of Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija, north of Manila. Hundreds of devotees took part in this annual religious tradition, which has been held in the village since 1945.