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Hooded penitents from the "El beso de Judas" brotherhood walk to the church to take part in a traditional annual procession in Seville, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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Hooded penitents from the “El beso de Judas” brotherhood walk to the church to take part in a traditional annual procession in Seville, Spain 

Migrants and refugess build a church in the "jungle" of Calais

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Migrants and refugees build a church in the “jungle” of Calais

Believers pray around a cross-shaped platform covered with candles placed in jars of honey during a ceremony marking the day of Saint Haralam

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Believers pray around a cross-shaped platform covered with candles placed in jars of honey during a ceremony marking the day of Saint Haralampi, Orthodox patron saint of bee-keepers, at the Church of the Blessed Virgin in Blagoevgrad, eastern Bulgaria

***BESTPIX***Empty Church Hosts A Skate Park In Oviedo...OVIEDO, SPAIN - JANUARY 23:  A skater practices skateboarding in a skate park inside the Santa Barbara church on January 23, 2016 in Oviedo, Spain. A collective of skaters named The Church Brigade is building and maintaining a skate park inside an abandoned church in the northern Spain village of Llanera. The church built in 1912, was once a chapel for workers and close inhabitants of a munitions factory. The factory shut down its doors by the end of the Spanish Civil war, being a front line during the early stages of the conflict. Ernesto Fernandez, founder of the collective, came across it in 2007 planning to build an open business center for factories around the church. The economic crisis forced him to change the plan and decided to share with his mates the building to practice his passion of skateboarding. Donations of skaters and visitors, and some private investment is helping the collective to build and expand ramps and facilities.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)***BESTPIX***

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A skater practices skateboarding in a skate park inside the Santa Barbara church in Oviedo, Spain. A collective of skaters named The Church Brigade is building and maintaining a skate park inside an abandoned church in the northern Spain village of Llanera

St Paul's Choristers prepare to sing during a rehearsal at St Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday in London, England. It is estimated that on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of December alone, more than 10,000 people will come through the doors of St Paul's for Christmas services

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St Paul’s Choristers prepare to sing during a rehearsal at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday in London, England

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

The Wider Image: Catholicism in Africa...A woman walks past a section of Mogadishu Cathedral that was built by Italian authorities, in Mogadishu, Somalia, November 3, 2015. 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. The pontiff's trip to Africa, where an estimated 1 in 5 people is Catholic, takes in Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic. His visit to that country is fraught with security concerns after months of clashes between Christians and Muslim gangs in which dozens of people have been killed.    REUTERS/Feisal

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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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A Ukrainian serviceman visits an abandoned church in the Pisky village near Donetsk

 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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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

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

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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. Sinabung rumbled back to life in 2013 after a period of inactivity, since when around 10,000 people have had to evacuate their homes

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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, 18 June 2015. An Israeli police spokesman said, that they are investigating the possibility that the attack was carried out by Jewish extremists

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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...A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk's Oktyabrski district, March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk's Oktyabrski district...A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk's Oktyabrski district, March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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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, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. 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. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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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

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Full moon sets behind the parish church of Schoenach near Regensburg, southern Germany, on Wednesday

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