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A Bulgarian Orthodox priest leads an annual religious march marking the second day of Easter at the Bachkovo monastery on on April 13, 2015.

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An Orthodox priest leads an annual religious march marking the second day of Easter at the Bachkovo monastery in Bulgaria on Monday.

Serbian Orthodox Christian pilgrims pray as they carry wooden crosses, along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering), during the Orthodox Good Friday procession in Jerusalem's old city.

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Serbian Orthodox Christian pilgrims pray as they carry wooden crosses, along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering), during the Orthodox Good Friday procession in Jerusalem’s old city.

Penitents wait inside San Francisco church to take part in "Nuestro Senor Atado a la Columna, Maria Santisima de la Paz y San Juan Evangelista" Holy Week procession in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain.

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Penitents wait inside San Francisco church to take part in “Nuestro Senor Atado a la Columna, Maria Santisima de la Paz y San Juan Evangelista” Holy Week procession in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain.

Penitents take part in a Holy Week procession in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, Monday, March 30, 2015. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

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Penitents take part in a Holy Week procession in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, Monday. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. 

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Buddhist monks prepare for an alms offering ceremony at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok as the sun rises on Makha Bucha Day 

An Indian Hindu devotee bathes at Sangam...An Indian Hindu devotee bathes at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati in Allahabad on February 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO/SANJAY KANOJIASanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

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A Hindu devotee bathes at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati in Allahabad, India 

Bulgarian Pomak Muslims pose in front of their house, as a relative throws sweets to the guests, during their traditional winter wedding ceremony in the village of Ribnovo, in the Rhodope Mountains.

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Bulgarian Pomak Muslims pose in front of their house as a relative throws sweets to the guests during their traditional winter wedding ceremony in the village of Ribnovo, in the Rhodope Mountains

A Hindu holy man asks for alms as he walks amongst birds flying at a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai February 11, 2015.

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A Hindu holy man asks for alms as he walks amongst birds flying at a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai on Wednesday

A woman walks through the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was built between 1996 and 2007 and features eighty-two domes. Greek and Italian white marble covers the exterior, with Islamic calligraphy decorating the inside. The Mosque is named after the founder and first President of the Unite Arab Emirates, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

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A woman walks through the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The mosque was built between 1996 and 2007 and features 82 domes.

A procession of clergy make their way into York Minster on January 26, 2015 in York, England. The Reverend Libby Lane, who has been the vicar of St Peter's Hale and St Elizabeth's Ashley, in Greater Manchester, will be ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport in a two hour service led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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A procession of clergy make their way into York Minster in York ahead of the ordination of the Reverend Libby Lane, who became the Church of England’s first woman bishop. 

Palestinian boys attend Friday prayers as they sit at the remains of a house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, in the Shejaia neighbourhood east of Gaza City January 23, 2015.

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Palestinian boys attend Friday prayers as they sit at the remains of a house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, in the Shejaia neighbourhood east of Gaza City

An Orthodox priest immerses a cross in the Bolshaya Almatinka river to bless its water during an Epiphany ceremony in Almaty January 19, 2015. Orthodox believers abiding by the Julian calendar mark Epiphany on January 19 by immersing themselves in icy waters regardless of the weather.

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An Orthodox priest immerses a cross in the Bolshaya Almatinka river to bless its water during an Epiphany ceremony in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Orthodox believers abiding by the Julian calendar mark Epiphany on Monday by immersing themselves in icy waters regardless of the weather.

Pope Francis Visits Philippines - Day 2...MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JANUARY 16:  People hold up their phones and cameras to take a photo of Pope Francis on January 16, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis will visit venues across Leyte and Manila during his visit to the Philippines from January 15 - 19. The visit is expected to attract crowds in the millions as Filipino Catholics flock to catch a glimpse of the leader of the Catholic Church in the Philippines for the first time since 1995. The Pope will begin the tour in Manila, then travelling to Tacloban to visit areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan before returning to Manila to hold a mass at Rizal Park. The Philippines is the only Catholic majority nation in Asia with around 90 percent of the population professing the faith.  (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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People hold up their phones and cameras to take a photo of Pope Francis in Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis will visit venues across Leyte and Manila during his visit to the Philippines from January 15 – 19. The visit is expected to attract crowds in the millions as Filipino Catholics flock to catch a glimpse of the leader of the Catholic Church in the Philippines for the first time since 1995. The Pope will begin the tour in Manila, then travelling to Tacloban to visit areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan before returning to Manila to hold a mass at Rizal Park. The Philippines is the only Catholic majority nation in Asia with around 90 percent of the population professing the faith. 

A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man walks after taking a holy bath at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers, on a foggy winter morning, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad January 14, 2015. Makar Sankranti is an auspicious festival celebrated by Hindus across the country that marks the start of the harvest season.

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A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man takes a holy bath at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers, on a foggy winter morning during the Makar Sankranti festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. Makar Sankranti is celebrated by Hindus across the country and marks the start of the harvest season.

An Afghan man kicks a poster of Pakistani religious leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman during a demonstration against his visit in Kabul, January 8, 2015.

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An Afghan man kicks a poster of Pakistani religious leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman during a demonstration against his visit in Kabul on Thursday

Devotees with replica statues of the Black Nazarene participate in a procession in Manila. Millions of devotees are expected to attend the annual procession of the Black Nazarene on Friday. The Black Nazarene, a life-size wooden statue of Jesus Christ carved in Mexico and brought to the Philippines in the 17th century, is believed to have healing powers in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

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Devotees with replica statues of the Black Nazarene participate in a procession in Manila. Millions of devotees are expected to attend the annual procession of the Black Nazarene on Friday. The Black Nazarene, a life-size wooden statue of Jesus Christ carved in Mexico and brought to the Philippines in the 17th century, is believed to have healing powers in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

A Sadhu or a Hindu holyman arrives to take a holy dip at Sangam during Magh Mela in Allahabad...A Sadhu or a Hindu holyman arrives to take a holy dip at Sangam during Magh Mela in the northern Indian city of Allahabad January 5, 2015. The festival is an annual religious event held during the Hindu month of Magh, when thousands of devotees take a holy dip in the waters of Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)

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A sadhu, a Hindi holy man, arrives with thousands of devotees take holy dip in the waters of Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers – in the northern Indian city of Allahabad for the Magh Mela religious festival 

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

A Christmas star on top of a sales booth is pictured against the colorful morning sky at the Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany.

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A Christmas star on top of a sales booth is pictured against the colorful morning sky at the Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany

 Israeli Orthodox jews seen protesting on December 10, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. Orthodox jews are protesting the building of a new neighbourhood in Jerusalem, because of fears it will destroy an ancient Jewish tomb at the site.

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Israeli Orthodox jews seen protesting on Wednesday in Jerusalem, Israel. Orthodox jews are protesting the building of a new neighbourhood in Jerusalem, because of fears it will destroy an ancient Jewish tomb at the site