(left to right) Father Luke and Father Gordon and Father Matthew look out over the lake at Ampleforth, North Yorkshire at the Autumn trees. Ampleforth Abbey and College is the UK’s largest Benedictine community and is set in one of North Yorkshire’s Areas of Outstanding Beauty.
Shinto priests leave the Torii gate of the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, after administering the rite of Kiyoharai on the first day of the four-day autumn festival, on Thursday. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has donated a symbolic gift to the controversial war shrine, an apparent sign that he will avoid a visit that would have angered China and South Korea.
Priests attend an ordination mass of the breakaway fundamentalist Roman Catholic Society of St Pius X in Econe, western Switzerland on Friday. Some 2,000 worshippers attended the ceremony held under a giant tent outside the chapel in Econe, which was celebrated mainly in Latin. Read more