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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat n...Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat near Mecca as they perform one of the Hajj rituals late on October 3, 2014. The pilgrims perform a series of rituals during the annual Hajj. They circumambulate the kaaba seven times, runs back and forth between the hills of Al-Safa and Al-Marwah, drink from the Zamzam Well, goes to the plains of Mount Arafat to stand in vigil, and throws stones in a ritual Stoning of Devil. The pilgrims then shave their heads, perform a ritual of animal sacrifice, and celebrate Eid al-Adha holiday.  AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKHMOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images

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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat near Mecca, Saudi Arabia as they perform one of the Hajj rituals Read more

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

Pilgrims cheer Pope Francis as he greets the crowd during his general audience at St Peter's square on March 26, 2014 at the Vatican.

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Pilgrims cheer Pope Francis as he greets the crowd during his general audience at St Peter’s square on Wednesday at the Vatican.

A Shiite woman prays at the Imam Moussa al-Kadhim shrine at Kazimiyah district of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims are converging on a golden-domed Shiite shrine in northern Baghdad to commemorate the death of a revered Shiite Muslim saint. Security is tight after a wave of deadly attacks.

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A Shiite woman prays at the Imam Moussa al-Kadhim shrine at Kazimiyah district of Baghdad, Iraq on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims are converging on a golden-domed Shiite shrine in northern Baghdad to commemorate the death of a revered Shiite Muslim saint. Security is tight after a wave of deadly attacks.

Spain El Rocio Pilgrimage

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Rocio’s Virgin sculpture is carried through the streets during a procession on Monday in the village of El Rocio, Huelva, southern Spain. Nearly 1m people from all over the country gather for a festival in a small hamlet of El Rocio in the marshland of the Guadalquivir River delta, where the statue of the ‘Madonna of the Dew’ has been worshipped since 1280.

Pilgrims from the Sanlucar de Barrameda fellowship lead their horses ashore as they make their way to the shrine of El Rocio in the Donana National Park, southern Spain May 15, 2013. Every spring, hundreds of thousands of devotees converge at a shrine to pay homage to the Virgin del Rocio during an annual pilgrimage which combines religious fervour and festive colour. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo  (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION ANIMALS)

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Pilgrims from the Sanlucar de Barrameda fellowship lead their horses ashore as they make their way to the shrine of El Rocio in the Donana National Park, southern Spain, on Wednesday. Every spring, hundreds of thousands of devotees converge at a shrine to pay homage to the Virgin del Rocio during an annual pilgrimage which combines religious fervour and festive colour. Read more

Members of the ancient Samaritan community attend the pilgrimage for the holy day of Passover at the religion's holiest site on the top of Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus, early Tuesday, April 30, 2013. According to tradition, the Samaritans are descendants of Jews who were not deported when the Assyrians conquered Israel in the 8th century B.C. Of the small community of close to 700 people, half live in a village at Mount Gerizim, and the rest in the city of Holon near Tel Aviv. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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Members of the Samaritan community attend the pilgrimage for the holy day of Passover at the religion’s holiest site on the top of Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus, early on Tuesday. According to tradition, the Samaritans are descendants of Jews who were not deported when the Assyrians conquered Israel in the 8th century BC. Read more