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A man applies paint on the tomb at the Barangka Cemetery in Marikina, east of Manila on October 26, 2016, days ahead of the traditional All Souls' Day. Millions across the Philippines will visit cemeteries to pay their respects to their dead, in an annual tradition that combines catholic religious rites with the country's penchant for festivity / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

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A man applies paint on the tomb at the Barangka Cemetery in Marikina, east of Manila days ahead of the traditional All Souls’ Day. Millions across the Philippines will visit cemeteries to pay their respects to their dead, in an annual tradition that combines catholic religious rites with the country’s penchant for festivity. Photo Noel Celis/AFP/Getty 

People wearing traditional costumes take part in the "Grand Pardon" Catholic religious procession on July 26, 2016 in Sainte-Anne-d'Auray, western France. This Catholic pilgrimage, which exists since 1625, is the most important of Brittany.

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People wearing traditional costumes take part in the “Grand Pardon” Catholic religious procession on in Sainte-Anne-d’Auray, western France.

Pope Francis...Pope Francis celebrates a Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Thursday, March 24, 2016. During the Mass the Pontiff blesses a token amount of oil that will be used to administer the sacraments for the year. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Pope Francis celebrates a Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. During the Mass the Pontiff blesses a token amount of oil that will be used to administer the sacraments for the year 

Hampton Court Palace Holds First Catholic Service In Over 450 Years...LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE)  Wearing his red cassock, Father Anthony Howe sets up the Tudor plate, and a collection of Tudor artefacts that are used to dress the altar for a service at the chapel at Hampton Court Palace on February 9, 2016 in London, England. This evening Henry VIII's Chapel at Hampton Court will host the first Catholic service to be held there in over 450 years. The service will be led by Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales and attended by Bishop of London, Rt Revd Dr Richard Chartres who will deliver the sermon. Renowned ensemble The Sixteen will perform works from the Reformation period during the service.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Father Anthony Howe sets up the Tudor plate, and a collection of Tudor artefacts that are used to dress the altar for a service at the chapel at Hampton Court Palace. This evening Henry VIII’s Chapel at Hampton Court will host the first Catholic service to be held there in over 450 years

Children gasp as they watch a Kenyan Police helicopter fly overhead, while awaiting for the arrival of Pope Francis at the St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church in the Kangemi slum of Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Pope Francis is in Kenya on his first-ever trip to Africa, a six-day pilgrimage that will also take him to Uganda and the Central African Republic.

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Children gasp as they watch a Kenyan Police helicopter fly overhead, while awaiting for the arrival of Pope Francis at the St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church in the Kangemi slum of Nairobi, Kenya on Friday

Newspapers carrying headlines about Pope Francis' visit to Africa are displayed at a news stand in Nairobi on Wednesday. On the streets of the Kenyan capital Nairobi huge billboards have been erected to welcome the pontiff during his visit to Kenya,Uganda and the troubled Central African Republic (CAR) on a six-day trip. Vast crowds are expected to turn out to see his motorcade pass. Kenya's government has declared November 26, 2015, the first full day of his visit, in which Francis will hold a giant open air mass in central Nairobi, a public holiday and a "national day of prayer and reflection. Authorities plan to deploy over 10,000 police in the capitals of Kenya and Uganda during the pope's visit. Nairobi and Kampala are both targets for Al-Qaeda's East Africa branch, the Shebab, because they have troops deployed in Somalia

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Newspapers carrying headlines about Pope Francis’ visit to Africa are displayed at a news stand in Nairobi on Wednesday. On the streets of the Kenyan capital Nairobi huge billboards have been erected to welcome the pontiff during his visit to Kenya,Uganda and the troubled Central African Republic (CAR) on a six-day trip

A portrait of welcoming Pope Francis hangs from a door in Holguin, on Friday. The pope is visiting Cuba from Saturday, the first stop on a trip that also will take him to the United States. In Cuba, he will visit Havana, the northeastern city of Holguin and Santiago de Cuba on the southeastern end of the island.

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A portrait of welcoming Pope Francis hangs from a door in Holguin, on Friday. The pope is visiting Cuba from Saturday, the first stop on a trip that also will take him to the United States. In Cuba, he will visit Havana, the northeastern city of Holguin and Santiago de Cuba on the southeastern end of the island

Pope Francis exchanges caps during his weekly general audience at the Paul VI hall on Wednesday at the Vatican

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Pope Francis exchanges caps during his weekly general audience at the Paul VI hall on Wednesday at the Vatican

Members of the Dancin Devils of Naiguata take part in the catholic celebration of Corpus Christi in Naiguata, a popular neighbourhood in La Guaira, Vargas state, on June 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO/FEDERICO PARRAFEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images

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Members of the Dancing Devils of Naiguata take part in the catholic celebration of Corpus Christi in Naiguata, a neighbourhood in La Guaira, Vargas state, Venezuela

Pope Francis Visits Philippines - Day 2...MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JANUARY 16:  People hold up their phones and cameras to take a photo of Pope Francis on January 16, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis will visit venues across Leyte and Manila during his visit to the Philippines from January 15 - 19. The visit is expected to attract crowds in the millions as Filipino Catholics flock to catch a glimpse of the leader of the Catholic Church in the Philippines for the first time since 1995. The Pope will begin the tour in Manila, then travelling to Tacloban to visit areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan before returning to Manila to hold a mass at Rizal Park. The Philippines is the only Catholic majority nation in Asia with around 90 percent of the population professing the faith.  (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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People hold up their phones and cameras to take a photo of Pope Francis in Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis will visit venues across Leyte and Manila during his visit to the Philippines from January 15 – 19. The visit is expected to attract crowds in the millions as Filipino Catholics flock to catch a glimpse of the leader of the Catholic Church in the Philippines for the first time since 1995. The Pope will begin the tour in Manila, then travelling to Tacloban to visit areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan before returning to Manila to hold a mass at Rizal Park. The Philippines is the only Catholic majority nation in Asia with around 90 percent of the population professing the faith. 

Franciscan wait for the arrival of Pope Francis before his general audience at St Peter's square on October 8, 2014 at the Vatican.

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Franciscan monks wait for the arrival of Pope Francis before his general audience at St Peter’s Square on Wednesday at the Vatican

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. 

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. 

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