Religion

Nuns stand at St. Peter's square at the ...Nuns stand at St. Peter's square at the Vatican at the end of the Pope's weekly general audience on April 2, 2014.     AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

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Nuns seem happy and animated at the end of the Pope’s weekly audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican on Wednesday Read more

A Hindu holy man waves to attract tourists as he stands seeking alms at the Pashupatinath Hindu temple premises in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, March 24, 2014. The Pashupatinath temple on the banks of the Bagmati River is one of the most revered temples of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of death and destruction. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

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A Hindu holy man waves to attract tourists as he stands seeking alms at the Pashupatinath Hindu temple premises in Katmandu, Nepal. The Pashupatinath temple on the banks of the Bagmati River is one of the most revered temples of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of death and destruction.

A Sikh warrior, wearing a huge turban attends the annual fair of 'Hola Mohalla' in Anandpur Sahib, in the northern Indian state of Punjab, Monday, March 17, 2014. Believers from various parts of northern India collect at the religious fair to celebrate the festival of Holi in a tradition set by the tenth Sikh guru Guru Gobind Singh in the seventeenth century. Nihangs, or Sikh warriors, display their martial skills and attire during the fair, believed to be maintained in the exact tradition as set by the Guru. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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A Sikh warrior attends the annual fair of Hola Mohalla in Anandpur Sahib, in the northern Indian state of Punjab. Believers from across northern India celebrate the festival of Holi in a tradition set by the tenth Sikh, guru Guru Gobind Singh, in the 17th century. Read more

In this photograph taken on March 5, 201...In this photograph taken on March 5, 2014, sixty-five year old Indian widow Urmila Tiwari poses at the Meerasahabhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, some 135 kilometres (80 miles) south of New Delhi, ahead of International Women's Day. Tiwari has lived at the ashram for over a year and says, I love to live here, among good people. Banished by families who see them as a financial drain, or believe they bring bad fortune, desperately poor widows have for centuries travelled to the northern city of Vrindavan, where the Hindu god Krishna is said to have grown up, to pray and wait to die. Traditionally, Vrindavans widows sung hymns and begged in the pilgrimage city on the banks of the Yamuna River, living in seclusion and shame and expected to dress in white, signifying the loss of colour from their lives. The Meerasahabhagini Ashram run by the Sulabh International NGO offers a place where some of Vrindavans estimated 15,000 widows can live together, providing support and friendship that bind them into a community. International Women's Day falls on March 8.

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Sixty-five-year old Indian widow Urmila Tiwari poses at the Meerasahabhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, some 135 kilometres south of New Delhi, ahead of International Women’s Day. Ms Tiwari has lived at the ashram for over a year and says, “I love to live here, among good people”. Banished by families who see them as a financial drain, or believe they bring bad fortune, desperately poor widows have for centuries travelled to the northern city of Vrindavan, where the Hindu god Krishna is said to have grown up, to pray and wait to die. The Meerasahabhagini Ashram run by the Sulabh International NGO offers a place where some of Vrindavans estimated 15,000 widows can live together, providing support and friendship that bind them into a community. International Women’s Day falls on Saturday Read more

A boy puts his palms together as he rests with his family outside Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet autonomous region, March 4, 2014.

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A boy rests with his family outside the Jokhang monastery in Lhasa, Tibet Read more

Monks dressed as Tibetan Buddhist characters attend a religious ceremony, known as "Da Gui" or beating ghost, to celebrate the upcoming Tibetan New Year which starts on March 1 at Yonghegong Lama Temple. The ceremony is held annually at the end of the first lunar month with mask dancing to expel ghosts.

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Monks dressed as Tibetan Buddhist characters attend a religious ceremony, known as Da Gui, or beating ghost, to celebrate the Tibetan New Year which starts on March 1 at Yonghegong Lama Temple. The ceremony is held annually at the end of the first lunar month with mask dancing to expel ghosts

A boy looks through the window of the Saraswati temple, whose walls are filled with writings, during the Shreepanchami festival in Kathmandu...A boy looks through the window of the Saraswati temple, whose walls are filled with writings, during the Shreepanchami festival in Kathmandu February 4, 2014. Children are given their first writing and reading lessons at the temple during this festival in the belief that the goddess of education Saraswati will help them excel in education. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

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A boy looks through the window of the Saraswati temple during the Shreepanchami festival in Kathmandu. Children are given their first writing and reading lessons at the temple during this festival in the belief that Saraswati, the goddess of education, will help them excel Read more

A Hindu devotee's tongue is pierced befo...A Hindu devotee's tongue is pierced before making his way towards the Hill Top Murugan temple during the colourful annual Thaipusam festival, one of the world's most extreme displays of religious devotion, in Georgetown on the Malaysian island of Penang on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia.   AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFANMOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images

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A Hindu devotee’s tongue is pierced before making his way towards the Hill Top Murugan temple during the colourful annual Thaipusam festival, one of the world’s most extreme displays of religious devotion, in Georgetown on the Malaysian island of Penang.

Pope Francis waves to faithfulls as he a...Pope Francis waves to faithfulls as he arrives at St Peter's Square at the Vatican to lead his weekly general audience on January 8, 2014.   AFP PHOTO/ Gabriel BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

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Pope Francis waves to visitors as he arrives at St Peter’s Square at the Vatican for his weekly general audience. Read more

Pope Francis is helped to put his mitre on during the Epiphany mass in St. Peter's Basilica, in Vatican.

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Pope Francis is helped on with his mitre during the Epiphany mass in St Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican, Rome.