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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...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 December 17, 2014.

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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

 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.  Although the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq was already a refuge for an estimated 250,000 Syrian refugees, since the Islamic State began its onslaught on Iraq in June, Kurdistan has also taken in a more than one and a half million displaced people. Many have been placed in purpose-built refugee camps but the huge numbers mean thousands of others are forced to live in un-finished buildings or inadequate, makeshift shelters and as winter in the region closes in, there are growing concerns for the welfare of the refugees who, while their homes are still in ISIL controlled territory, have no realistic prospect of returning to them.

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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.

Blenheim Palace game keepers walk through the estate grounds to the funeral service of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, John Spencer-Churchill, at the Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Woodstock...Blenheim Palace game keepers walk through the estate grounds to the funeral service of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, John Spencer-Churchill, at the Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Woodstock, southern England October 24, 2014. The Duke died on October 16th. His Blenheim Palace home is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

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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.

 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. The policy has driven an increasing number of Christians and Christian converts 'underground' to secret congregations in private homes and other venues. While the size of the religious community is difficult to measure, studies estimate there more than 65 million Christians inside China with studies supporting the possibility it could become the most Christian nation in the world within a decade.

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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

Search continues for survivors of collapsed church in Lagos

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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, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Thousands of Gypsies or Roma gather on a nearby hillside after attending the religious service and celebrate the religious holiday by sharing food and playing traditional music until the next dawn.

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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 ...People angered by an attack on a church in central Bangui hold a sign (L) reading "No! To Burundian MISCA" as they protest near a barricade of burning tyres in the Bea-Rex district of Bangui on May 29, 2014. At least 15 people, including a priest, were killed and several others wounded in clashes on May 28 in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic, a military source said. Deeply impoverished Central Africa has been in crisis since the Seleka alliance seized power in a March 2013 coup led by Michael Djotodia. AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARIMARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images

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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 Rev Malcolm McMahon at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral as he is appointed ninth Archbishop of Liverpool, he will be installed as Archbishop on May 1st.

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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 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.

The Choristers rehearse for Advent services and concerts at St Paul's Cathedral on December 9, 2013 in London, England.  Each year nearly two million people visit St Paul's Cathedral for services and concerts in the run up to Christmas.

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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.

A private guard stands near the damaged Basilica of the Holy Child following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. The tremor collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Tuesday morning, causing multiple deaths across the central region and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes.

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A private guard stands near the damaged Basilica of the Holy Child following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines’ oldest church. The tremor collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines’ oldest church Tuesday morning, causing multiple deaths across the central region and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes.

Pakistani Christian worshippers, some of them who survived Sunday's suicide bombing, pray during a special mass for the victims of the bombing, at the Church where the attack took place, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Angry Pakistani Christians denounced the deadliest attack ever in this country against members of their faith. A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan.

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Pakistani Christian worshippers, some of them who survived Sunday’s suicide bombing, pray during a special mass for the victims of the bombing, at the Church where the attack took place, in Peshawar, Pakistan on Monday. Angry Pakistani Christians denounced the deadliest attack ever in this country against members of their faith. A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan.

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 

People pray in Pretoria's Petra church d...People pray in Pretoria's Petra church during a gospel mass on July 7, 2013. Former South African president Nelson Mandela lays in critical condition in Pretoria's Medi Clinic Heart hospital where emotional crowds gathered outside, as relatives and clan elders made preparations for the revered former South African leader's final journey. Singing supporters amassed outside the Pretoria hospital where the 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero was fighting for his life. AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTEFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

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People pray in Pretoria’s Petra church during a gospel mass on Sunday. Nelson Mandela, former South African president, remains in a critical condition in Pretoria’s Medi Clinic Heart hospital where emotional crowds continue to gather, as relatives and clan elders make preparations for the revered former leader’s final journey

***BESTPIX*** Acrobats Perform In St. Bartholomew-The-Great As Part Of The London Festival...LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 25:  Vocal ensemble I Fagiolini sing in St Bartholomew the Great church as Bridie Hooper of Circa performs 'Stirrups' on a high wire above on June 25, 2013 in London, England. Showing as part of the City of London Festival in which audiences will see and participate in music, dance, art, film and poetry performances in some of London's iconic spaces and venues.

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Vocal ensemble I Fagiolini sing in St Bartholomew the Great church as Bridie Hooper of Circa performs ‘Stirrups’ on a high wire above on Tuesday in London. The show is part of the City of London Festival in which audiences will see and participate in music, dance, art, film and poetry performances in some of London’s iconic spaces and venues. 

An Orthodox Christian walks between the famous monolithic rock-cut churches during a Good Friday celebration in Lalibela May 3, 2013.

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An Orthodox Christian walks between the famous monolithic rock-cut churches during a Good Friday celebration in Lalibela, Ethiopia.

A woman burns incense in front of the graves of her relatives at a cemetery in the village of Copaciu, 42 km (26 miles) southwest of Bucharest, early morning May 2, 2013. Orthodox women went to church and cemeteries in the early morning on Maundy Thursday to light candles, burn incense and mourn their dead relatives as part of a southern Romania tradition. Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, is the day Christians commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. Romania's Orthodox majority celebrates Easter on May 5.

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A woman burns incense in front of the graves of her relatives at a cemetery in the village of Copaciu, 42km southwest of Bucharest. Orthodox women went to church and cemeteries in the early morning on Maundy Thursday to light candles, burn incense and mourn their dead as part of a southern Romanian tradition. Holy Thursday is the day Christians commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. Romania’s Orthodox majority celebrates Easter on May 5.

A Cambodian farmer drives his motorbike on a wooden bridge leading to a Christian church while it is fixed by ethnics Vietnamese at Koh Phos village in Kandal Province, some 25 kilometers (15 miles) east of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

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A Cambodian farmer rides his motorbike on a wooden bridge leading to a Christian church, which is being repaired by ethnic Vietnamese at Koh Phos village in Kandal Province, about 25 km east of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.