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
A woman walks past a section of Mogadishu Cathedral that was built by Italian authorities, in Mogadishu, Somalia. The church was attacked during the 1989 civil war that saw its last Bishop, Salvatore Colombo, killed by armed insurgents while giving mass in the cathedral. Pope Francis makes his first pontifical visit later this month to Africa, where Catholicism has grown rapidly over the last few decades but now faces serious competition from Evangelical and Pentecostal churches, as well as Islam.
A Ukrainian serviceman visits an abandoned church in the Pisky village near Donetsk
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Smooth Harbour taken in Porthleven, Cornwall by Bernie Pettersen, which was the overall winner in a national photography competition to find the UK’s best sea view
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Members of the public arrive outside St Mary’s Catholic Church on Thursday in Liverpool, England. Singer and TV host Cilla Black died at her home in Spain after a head injury caused by a fall
Ash from Mount Sinabung volcano fills the sky over an abandoned church during another eruption in Karo, in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province on Friday
A Christian cleric, inspects the damage caused to the complex of the Church of Loaves and Fishes, on Tabgha, on the shores on the Sea of Galilee, Israel on Thursday
A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk’s Oktyabrski district, Ukraine.
Couples from around the world watch a musical in a mass wedding ceremony at the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea. 3,800 couples from more than fifty countries exchanged or reaffirmed marriage vows in the Unification Church’s mass wedding arranged by Hak Ja Han Moon, wife of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the church.
Full moon sets behind the parish church of Schoenach near Regensburg, southern Germany, on Wednesday
A Christian worshipper is seen inside the Grotto, where Christians believe Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus, at the Church of Nativity ahead of Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Wednesday
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An Iraqi Christian, who fled from her home because of Islamic State’s advance earlier this year, hangs up washed clothes to dry besides a displaced persons’ camp near Umm al-Nour Church, which is now home to hundreds of displaced Iraqi Christians in Erbil, Iraq.
Game keepers wear traditional dress to attend the funeral on Friday of John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill, the 11th Duke of Marlborough, who died last Thursday, aged 88. Blenheim Palace is a country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire in England and is the principal residence of the dukes of Marlborough.
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A Chinese Christian woman prays during a service at an underground independent Protestant Church in Beijing, China. China, an officially atheist country, places a number of restrictions on Christians and allows legal practice of the faith only at state-approved churches
Nigerian rescue workers search through rubble of the guesthouse that collapsed on September 12 at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria. The country’s National Emergency Management Agency says survivors are still being found
A Romanian Roma man teaches his son to pray during a religious service celebrating the Birth of the Virgin Mary at the Bistrita Monastery in Costesti, Romania
People angered by an attack on a church in central Bangui, the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic, take part in a protest. At least 15 people, including a priest, were killed and several others wounded in clashes on Wednesday, a military source said
Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral after he is appointed ninth Archbishop of Liverpool. He will be installed as Archbishop on May 1.
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.
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Choristers rehearse at St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday in London, UK. Each year about 2m people visit the cathedral for services and concerts in the run-up to Christmas.