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Patterns of Belief
The State of the World: Patterns of Belief
THAILAND
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January 19, 2005
Thai Buddhist monks recite prayers during multi-religious candle light vigil for tsunami victims in Thailand's...
Takua Pa, Thailand
Thai Buddhist monks recite prayers during multi-religious candle light vigil for tsunami victims ...
Thai Buddhist monks recite prayers during multi-religious candle light vigil for tsunami victims in Thailand's Takua Pa. Thai Buddhist monks recite prayers during a multi-religious candle light vigil for the tsunami victims in Thailand's town of Takua Pa on January 19, 2005. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad
INDONESIA
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October 26, 2003
Indonesian Muslim women pray on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan in
Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta October...
Jakarta, Indonesia - Republic of
INDONESIAN MUSLIMS PRAY TOGETHER ON THE EVE OF THE HOLY ISLAMIC MONTH
OF RAMADAN IN JAKARTA.
Indonesian Muslim women pray on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan in
Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta October 26, 2003. Muslims around the world
refrain from eating, drinking and engaging in sexual activity from
sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic
calendar. Muslims in Indonesia will begin their fasting on Monday.
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TAIWAN
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February 05, 2004
Taiwanese release sky lanterns to celebrate the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival on the first full...
Taipei, Taiwan
TAIWANESE RELEASE SKY LANTERNS TO CELEBRATE THE LANTERN FESTIVAL IN TAIPEI.
Taiwanese release sky lanterns to celebrate the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival on the first full moon of the Lunar New Year in Taipei on February 5, 2004. The lanterns are released in the believe that it will bring good luck and blessings. REUTERS/Simon Kwong Pictures of the Month February 2004 SK/BM
CHINA ROOSTER
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February 06, 2005
A Chinese shopper checks out Lunar New Year decorations at a shop in Shanghai February 6, 2005. The next...
Shanghai, China
A Chinese shopper checks out Lunar New Year decorations at a shop in Shanghai.
A Chinese shopper checks out Lunar New Year decorations at a shop in Shanghai February 6, 2005. The next Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, which starts on February 9, is a wood rooster year, as defined under China's ancient divination system that matches the 12 symbols of the Chinese zodiac and five natural elements on a 60-year cycle. Pictures of the month February 2005 REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV CC/LA
JERUSALEM
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April 07, 2004
An Ethiopean woman reads from the bible at the Holy Sepulchre Church in the Old City of Jerusalem April...
Jerusalem, Israel - State of
AN ETHIOPEAN WOMAN READS FROM THE BIBLE AT THE HOLY SEPULCHRE CHURCH IN THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM.
An Ethiopean woman reads from the bible at the Holy Sepulchre Church in the Old City of Jerusalem April 8, 2004. Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday is the day Christians commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ and monks walk for a service to the Holy Sepulchre Church in the Old City of Jerusalem on Maundy Thursday. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen PP04040026 Pictures of the Year 2004 JFL/FMS
NEWYEAR CHINA
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January 01, 2003
A Chinese man holds burning incense as he prays at Longhua Buddhist Temple
in Shanghai, China, on New...
Shanghai, China - Peoples Republic of
A CHINESE MAN HOLDS BURNING INCENSE AS HE PRAYS AT LONGHUA BUDDHIST
TEMPLE IN SHANGHAI ON NEW YEAR'S...
A Chinese man holds burning incense as he prays at Longhua Buddhist Temple
in Shanghai, China, on New Year's Day January 1, 2003. Tens of thousands of
Shanghai residents visited temples in China's financial hub during the New
Year to pray for happiness and prosperity. NO RIGHTS CLEARANCES OR PERMISSIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS IMAGE REUTERS/Guang Niu

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RIGHTS SCHIAVO
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March 31, 2005
A protesters screams in front of the Woodside Hospice after Terri Schiavo died in Pinellas Park, Florida,...
Pinellas, USA
A protesters pray in front of the Woodside Hospice after Terri Schiavo died in Pinellas Park.
A protesters screams in front of the Woodside Hospice after Terri Schiavo died in Pinellas Park, Florida, March 31, 2005. Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman at the heart of a bitter right-to-die dispute that drew in the U.S. Congress and President George W. Bush, died on Thursday, 13 days after a court halted her tube feeding, a spokesman for her parents said. REUTERS/Carlos Barria CB/hb
POPE
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April 02, 2005
Couple embrace after hearing the news of the death of Pope John Paul II during a vigil in Vatican City's...
Vatican City, Vatican City State
Couple embrace after hearing the news of the death of Pope John Paul II during a vigil in ...
Couple embrace after hearing the news of the death of Pope John Paul II during a vigil in Vatican City's St. Peter's square. A couple embrace after hearing the news of the death of Pope John Paul II during a vigil in Vatican City's St. Peter's square April 2, 2005. Pope John Paul II, the Pole who headed the Roman Catholic Church for 26 years and played a key role in the fall of communism in Europe, died on Saturday evening, the Vatican announced. He was 84. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez Pictures of the Month April 2005
IRAQ
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February 08, 2006
Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim women feel the door of Imam Kazem Mosque at Baghdad al Kazemiah March 13, 2003 Shi'ites...
Baghdad
Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim women feel the door of Imam Kazem Mosque at Baghdad al Kazemiah
Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim women feel the door of Imam Kazem Mosque at Baghdad al Kazemiah March 13, 2003 Shi'ites mark Ashoura, the day some 1,400 years ago the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, Imam Hussein, was killed in a battle with rival Muslim faction in the town of Kerbala south of Baghdad. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic HIGHEST QUALITY AVAILABLE
MIDEAST
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June 05, 2001
Orthodox Jews pray at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site in the Old City of Jerusalem June 5, 2001....
Jerusalem
ORTHODOX JEWS PRAY AT WESTERN WALL IN JERUSALEM.
Orthodox Jews pray at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site in the Old City of Jerusalem June 5, 2001. The militant Islamic group Hamas said Tuesday it would continue to attack Israelis "everywhere," setting back hopes that the Palestinians were inching toward a ceasefire with Israel.

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INDIA
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April 09, 2005
An Indian Hindu woman worships the earth as a ritual to mark the new year for the western Indian state...
Bombay, India
An Indian Hindu woman worships the earth to mark the new year in Bombay.
An Indian Hindu woman worships the earth as a ritual to mark the new year for the western Indian state of Maharashtra in Bombay April 9, 2005. REUTERS/Adeel Halim AD/TC/NL
BELARUS
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July 01, 2005
Belarussians attend confession in the garden of a catholic church during the Icon of Gods Mother festival...
Budslav, Belarus
Belarussians attend confession in the garden of a catholic church during the Icon of Gods Mother ...
Belarussians attend confession in the garden of a catholic church during the Icon of Gods Mother festival in Belarussian village Budslav, some 150 km (93 miles) north of Minsk. Belarussians attend confession, in the early hours of the morning in the garden of a catholic church during the Icon of God's Mother festival in the village Budslav, some 150 km (93 miles) north of Minsk, July 2, 2005. Thousands of catholic believers from Belarus and neighbouring countries took part in the annual celebration. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko Pictures of the Month July 2005 Pictures of the year 2005
MIDEAST BETHLEHEM
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December 25, 2002
A Christian pilgrim prays on Christmas morning in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on December...
Bethlehem
A Christian pilgrim prays on Christmas morning in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
A Christian pilgrim prays on Christmas morning in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on December 25, 2002. Israeli forces withdrew from Bethlehem this week in order to allow Christmas festivities in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. NO RIGHTS CLEARANCES OR PERMISSIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS IMAGE REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis HIGHEST QUALITY AVAILABLE
POPE CONSCIOUS
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April 01, 2005
A faithful Catholic prays inside Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 1, 2005. Pope John Paul...
Vatican City, Vatican City State
A faithful Catholic prays inside Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
A faithful Catholic prays inside Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 1, 2005. Pope John Paul appeared close to death on Friday after heart failure and breathing problems, but was still conscious and in a stable but serious condition at midday, the Vatican said. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini Pictures of the Month April 2005 AMP/VP
IRAN ELECTIONS
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May 23, 2001
An Iranian boy sits among women during morning prayers in a mosque in
suburbs of Tehran May 24, 2001....
Tehran, Iran
IRANIAN BOY SITS AMONG WOMEN DURING PRAYERS IN TEHRAN.
An Iranian boy sits among women during morning prayers in a mosque in
suburbs of Tehran May 24, 2001. Iranian President Mohammad Khatami pledged
on Wednesday to press on with his drive to reform the Islamic Republic after
June 8 presidential elections, despite bitter opposition from the
conservative establishment. PP04010046

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May 29, 2005
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE A woman goes into her house through a decorated doorway during a Corpus Christi...
Zahara De La Sierra, Spain
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE A woman goes through a decorated doorway during a Corpus Christi day in Zahara...
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE A woman goes into her house through a decorated doorway during a Corpus Christi day in Zahara de la Sierra, southern Spain, May 29, 2005. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
IRAN ECONOMY
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June 06, 2005
An Iranian boy stands behind the paintings he sells inside Tehran's bazaar June 7, 2005. Tehran's bazaar...
Tehran, Iran
Iranian boy stands behind paintings he sells inside Tehran's bazaar.
An Iranian boy stands behind the paintings he sells inside Tehran's bazaar June 7, 2005. Tehran's bazaar is a bastion of conservative power in the Islamic Republic and played a leading role in the 1979 Islamic revolution. But merchants know their traditional trading methods are threatened by attempts to modernize the heavily subsidised and predominantly state-run economy. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj Pictures of the year 2005 DS/DY
YEAREND PICTURES
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November 30, 2001
Afghan men pray during Friday prayers in Pul-i-Khishti mosque in Kabul
November 30, 2001. A deal was...
Kabul, Afghanistan
YEAREND PICTURES 2001.
Afghan men pray during Friday prayers in Pul-i-Khishti mosque in Kabul
November 30, 2001. A deal was finally reached in Bonn, Germany, to form a
post-Taliban government, December 5, 2001. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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NUCLEAR IRAN RICE
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October 14, 2005
A young boy plays as Iranian worshippers pray during Friday prayers in Tehran October 14, 2005. The United...
Tehran, Iran
A young boy plays as Iranian worshippers pray during Friday prayers in Tehran
A young boy plays as Iranian worshippers pray during Friday prayers in Tehran October 14, 2005. The United States and France intensified pressure on Iran on Friday to return to negotiations over its suspected nuclear arms programmes and reasserted the threat to refer Tehran to the U.N. Security Council. "We hope the Iranians will return to the table ... but one thing that is very clear is the Security Council is an option," U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told a news conference after talks in Paris with French leaders. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl Pictures of the month October 2005
IRAQ PRAYERS
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September 06, 2002
An Iraqi boy passes by a man sitting in the corner of al-Hanifa mosque
just before the Friday prayers...
Baghdad
IRAQI BOY PASSES BY A PRAYING MAN BEFORE FRIDAY PRAYERS IN BAGHDAD.
An Iraqi boy passes by a man sitting in the corner of al-Hanifa mosque
just before the Friday prayers in Baghdad September 6, 2002. Ordinary
Iraqis, wearied by years of tension, are shrugging off the latest
threat of attack by high-tech U.S. weaponry. The Iraqi government has
not announced any instructions to the public on practical precautions
for a possible U.S.-led blitz on Baghdad. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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HAJ
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February 12, 2003
Muslim pilgrims 'stone the devil' in Mena, outside of Mecca evening February
12, 2003. Some of the two...
Mena, Outside Mecca, Saudi Arabia
MUSLIM PILGRIMS PERFORM THE STONING OF THE DEVIL RITUAL IN
MENA, OUTSIDE MECCA.
Muslim pilgrims 'stone the devil' in Mena, outside of Mecca evening February
12, 2003. Some of the two million pilgrims went to Mena to perform the
casting of seven stones at the pillars symbolizing satan and to celebrate
Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, in the last stage of their haj
pilgrimage. Pictures of the Year 2003 REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov REUTERS

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YEAREND PICTURES
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March 02, 2001
POY04D - YEAREND PICTURES 2001 - Hundreds of thousands of Muslims
circle the Kaaba seven times anticlockwise...
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
YEAREND PICTURES 2001.
POY04D - YEAREND PICTURES 2001 - Hundreds of thousands of Muslims
circle the Kaaba seven times anticlockwise during the early hours,
March 2, 2001 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Friday's prayers launch the Haj
in which more then two million pilgrims are expected to participate.
REUTERS/Adrees A. Latif

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HAJ SAUDI
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January 14, 2006
Muslims attend noon prayer in Mecca January 14, 2006. At least 363 Muslim pilgrims were crushed to death...
Araft, Saudi Arabia
Muslims attends noon prayers in Mecca
Muslims attend noon prayer in Mecca January 14, 2006. At least 363 Muslim pilgrims were crushed to death on Thursday during a stoning ritual on the last day of the haj, the worst tragedy to beset the sacred event in more than a decade. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji
YEAREND PICTURES
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November 15, 2001
POY05D - YEAREND PICTURES - Sadhus, Hindu holy men, run in to India's
holiest river, the Ganges during...
Allahabad, India
YEAREND PICTURES 2001.
POY05D - YEAREND PICTURES - Sadhus, Hindu holy men, run in to India's
holiest river, the Ganges during the "Maha Kumbh Mela", or Great
Pitcher Festival, in the northern Indian city of Allahabad on January
14, 2001. The "Royal Bath" day began about one hour before dawn, with
elite holy men, or sadhus, taking turns to immerse themselves in Ganges
at the confluence point known as the "sangam". The organisers of the
festival, which takes place in Allahabad every 12 years, believe that
up to 70 million people could take part over its six weeks.
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CHINA
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August 25, 2003
Tibetan monks debate Buddhist philosophy at Sera Monastery in Lhasa,
Tibet about 11,850 above sea level,...
Lhasag, China - Peoples Republic of
TIBETAN MONKS DEBATE BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY AT SERA MONASTERY IN LHASA.
Tibetan monks debate Buddhist philosophy at Sera Monastery in Lhasa,
Tibet about 11,850 above sea level, August 25, 2003. Sera Monastery,
founded in 1419, is one of the three main monasteries of Lhasa. China
says Tibetan Buddhists are allowed to worship with total freedom but
Tibetan activists overseas say religious activity is strictly
controlled. REUTERS/Guang Niu

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TEHRAN
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March 01, 2004
Iranians shout religous slogans and beat themselves with iron chains inside Tehran's bazaar during the...
IRANIANS BEAT THEMSELVES DURING ASHURA FESTIVAL IN TEHRAN.
Iranians shout religous slogans and beat themselves with iron chains inside Tehran's bazaar during the Shi'ite Ashura religious festival March 1, 2004. On March 2 Muslim Shi'ites mark Ashura, the day when Imam al-Hussein, the 'leader of the martyrs' and grandson of Prophet Mohammed was killed in Karbala in 680 AD. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj Pictures of the Year 2004 DS/AA
USA
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September 24, 2005
Women celebrate the 11th commemoration of Maafa on the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean in New York September...
New York, UNITED STATES
Women celebrate Maafa in New York on beaches of Atlantic Ocean
Women celebrate the 11th commemoration of Maafa on the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean in New York September 24, 2005. Maafa is a Kiswahili word used to describe real calamity, catastrophe, tragedy or disaster. Dr. Marimba Ani introduced it into contemporary African-American scholarship as a preferred reference to the period in world history, identified as the Middle Passage or Trans-Atlantic slave trade. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
MIDEAST
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October 17, 2005
Brazilian Christians perform baptisms inside the water of the Jordan River near the Sea of Galilee October...
Yardenit
Brazilian Christians perform baptisms inside the water of the Jordan River
Brazilian Christians perform baptisms inside the water of the Jordan River near the Sea of Galilee October 17, 2005. The site is one of several along the Jordan River, both in Israel and in Jordan, where it is believed Jesus Christ was baptised by John the Baptist. Each site draws thousands of pilgrims who are visiting the Holy Land. About seven hundred Brazilian Christians arrived in Israel during October's Jewish holidays. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen
HAITI VOODOO
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March 27, 2005
Followers of voodoo sing and flail about in trances inside a sacred pool during a ritual at a temple...
Souvenance, Haiti
Voodoo follwers are seen in trances inside a sacred pool in haiti.
Followers of voodoo sing and flail about in trances inside a sacred pool during a ritual at a temple in Souvenance, near Gonaives in Haiti, March 27, 2005. The Souvenance temple is the only temple dedicated to the Dahomey branch of Haitian voodoo and celebrations are carried out over a week beginning on Good Friday, with rituals involving dancing, singing and offerings to the voodoo "lwa" or spirits. Pilgrims and believers come from all over the country as well as from the U.S. and Canada. Pictures of the Month March 2005 REUTERS/Daniel Morel DM/PEK
MIDEAST
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February 22, 2006
An Israeli settler prays in the synagogue at Sanur settlement near the West Bank city of Jenin June 14,...
multiple cities
An Israeli settler prays in the synagogue at Sanur settlement near the West Bank city of Jenin
An Israeli settler prays in the synagogue at Sanur settlement near the West Bank city of Jenin June 14, 2005. Thousands of Jewish settlers and right-wingers gathered on Tuesday in Sanur, one of four West Bank settlements Israel plans to evacuate this summer as part of its Gaza pullout plan, which is set to start in August. Waving signs and banners, the crowd protested the plan, during which Israel will also dismantle all 21 settlements in the Gaza Strip. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen HIGH QUALITY FILE
GAZA
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February 02, 2006
An Israeli settler prays on Tisha B'Av fast day, which commemorates the destruction of biblical Jewish...
Gaza Strip
An Israeli settler prays on Tisha B'Av fast day in a synagogue in the Gush Katif settlement bloc
An Israeli settler prays on Tisha B'Av fast day, which commemorates the destruction of biblical Jewish temples 2,000 years ago, in a synagogue at the Jewish Gaza Strip settlement of Kfar Darom in the Gush Katif settlement bloc August 14, 2005 REUTERS/Nir Elias HIGHEST QUALITY AVAILABLE
GAZA STRIP
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January 17, 2004
A Hamas woman supporter holds a copy of the "Koran" as she protests in Gaza City against plans by the...
Gaza Strip
A Hamas woman supporter holds a copy of the "Koran" as she protests in Gaza City.
A Hamas woman supporter holds a copy of the "Koran" as she protests in Gaza City against plans by the French government to ban the Islamic headscarf from schools, 17 January 2004. HIGH RESOLUTION FILE REUTERS/ Mohammed Salem REUTERS BOOKS ON THE ROAD BOOK AJ/SN
BRITAIN
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August 25, 2002
A copy of the Koran is held aloft at the sixth annual rally for Islam in London's Trafalgar Square, August...
London, UK
A COPY OF THE KORAN IS HELD ALOFT AT THE SIXTH ANNUAL RALLY FOR ISLAM.
A copy of the Koran is held aloft at the sixth annual rally for Islam in London's Trafalgar Square, August 25, 2002. Several hundred people turned up at the event, with two Islamic speakers arrested for incitement for racial hatred. REUTERS/Ian Waldie

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February 11, 2003
A boy stands in blood watching Palestinian butchers as they slaughter a
cow in Gaza City February 11,...
Palestinian Territories
A BOY STANDS IN BLOOD DURING EID AL-ADHA, THE FEAST OF THE SACRIFICE IN
GAZA CITY.
A boy stands in blood watching Palestinian butchers as they slaughter a
cow in Gaza City February 11, 2003 during the Eid Al-Adha, The Feast
of Sacrifice, the most important feast of the Muslim calendar which
concludes the pilgrimage to Mecca. Muslims in the rest of the world
also participate in this rite by slaughtering sheep, camels and cows.
One third of the meat is distributed to the poor, one third to
neighbors and relatives while one third is kept by the person who
offered the sacrifice for use within his or her own family. NO RIGHTS CLEARANCES OR PERMISSIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS IMAGE
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BOSNIA
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June 25, 2004
A barefoot pilgrim kneels in prayer June 25, 2004 at the site where the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared...
Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
BAREFOOT PILGRIM PRAYS ON ANNIVERSARY OF THE APPARITION OF VIRGIN MARY IN MEDJUGORJE.
A barefoot pilgrim kneels in prayer June 25, 2004 at the site where the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared in Medjugorje, 120 km south of Sarajevo. Millions of pilgrims from all over the world visited the small Bosnian town where, exactly 23 years ago, six Bosnian youngsters claimed that Holy Mary appeared to them. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj PP05080084 DS/CRB
INDIA
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October 07, 2005
An Indian labourer walks past a reflection of an idol of Durga, the Hindu goddess of power, after loading...
Kolkata, India
Indian labourer walks past a reflection of an idol of Durga in Kolkata
An Indian labourer walks past a reflection of an idol of Durga, the Hindu goddess of power, after loading it onto a truck in Kolkata October 7, 2005. The annual Durga Puja festival, which will start from October 9, is one of the most popular festivals for Hindus. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal Pictures of the month October 2005
RELIGION SPAIN SEVILLE
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April 15, 2003
Penitents walk to church to start the procession of the 'El Baratillo'
brotherhood in the Andalusian...
Seville, Spain - Kingdom of
PENITENTS WALK TO CHURCH TO START HOLY WEEK PROCESSION IN SEVILLE.
Penitents walk to church to start the procession of the 'El Baratillo'
brotherhood in the Andalusian capital Seville in southern Spain, April 16,
2003. Hundreds of Easter processions take place in Seville during Holy Week
drawing thousands of visitors. PP03040052 Pictures of the month April
2003 Pictures Of The Year 2003 REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo PP04020117
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February 06, 2006
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE A religious procession of Russian Orthodox faithful outside the famous church...
St.Petersburg, Russian Federation
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Russian Orthodox faithful outside a church are reflected in a puddle's surface...
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE A religious procession of Russian Orthodox faithful outside the famous church of The Saviour on the Spilt Blood is reflected in a puddle's surface in St.Petersburg May 19, 2005. The procession marked the birthday of Russia's last Tzar Nicholas II, believed to be born on May 19, 1868, and executed together with his family by Bolsheviks in 1918.
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IRAQ
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May 29, 2003
An Iraqi Dervish prays during a gathering outside their Tekiyah, a place of worship, in Baghdad, May...
AN IRAQI DERVISH PRAYS DURING GATHERING OUTSIDE THEIR TEKIYAH IN BAGHDAD.
An Iraqi Dervish prays during a gathering outside their Tekiyah, a place of worship, in Baghdad, May 29, 2003. Swaying gently at first, chanting in monotones, the Dervishes slowly build up to a frenzy of prayers. Dervishes are Sufis, a spiritual offshoot of Islam, who believe their bodies open up to the energy of God when they are in prayer. Pictures of the month May 2003 NO RIGHTS CLEARANCES OR PERMISSIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS IMAGE REUTERS/Damir Sagolj PP05080023 JD/CRB
GERMANY
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May 16, 2005
Man dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes rides his horse as he leads Whit Monday procession in Koetzting,...
Koetzting, Germany
Man dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes rides his horse as he leads Whit Monday procession in ......
Man dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes rides his horse as he leads Whit Monday procession in Koetzting, Germany. A man dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes rides his horse as he leads a Whit Monday procession holding a wooden cross in the southern German village of Koetzting May 16, 2005. The traditional ride of Koetzting, which started in the year 1412 is one of the biggest religious processions on horseback in Europe. REUTERS/Alexandra Winkler
HOLY WEEK
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March 25, 2005
A man portrays Jesus Christ on a cross during a re-enactment of his procession through the streets before...
Camden, UNITED STATES
Man dressed as Jesus re-enacts crucifixion on Good Friday in Camden. New Jersey.
A man portrays Jesus Christ on a cross during a re-enactment of his procession through the streets before his crucifixion on Good Friday in Camden, New Jersey, March 25, 2005. Pictures of the Month March 2005 REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton SS
INDIA
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November 11, 2004
Children light lamps in the shape of Swastika, on the eve of Hindu festival of Diwali, in the northern...
Chandigarh, India
Children light lamps in the shape of Swastika in Chandigarh.
Children light lamps in the shape of Swastika, on the eve of Hindu festival of Diwali, in the northern city of Chandigarh, November 11, 2004. According to Hindu mythology, Swastika is the sign of prosperity. People decorate their homes with lights during the biggest Hindu festival of lights, Diwali that will be celebrated on November 12 this year. REUTERS/Ajay Verma KK/LA
ITALY
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April 13, 2001
Pope John Paul II holds a cross at Rome's ancient Colosseum during the traditional Via Crucis (Way of...
Rome, Italy
POPE JOHN PAUL II CARRIES THE CROSS DURING THE VIA CRUCIS CEREMONY AT THE COLOSSEUM.
Pope John Paul II holds a cross at Rome's ancient Colosseum during the traditional Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) ceremony April 13, 2001. The Via Crucis candelit procession is the highlight of the Good Friday celebrations.

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POPE
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October 15, 2003
Pope John Paul II waves to well wishers in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican at a
signing ceremony October...
Vatican City, Vatican City State (Holy See)
POPE JOHN PAUL II WAVES TO WELL WISHERS IN PAUL VI HALL AT THE
VATICAN.
Pope John Paul II waves to well wishers in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican at a
signing ceremony October 16, 2003. The Pope signed a major document issued
on his silver jubilee on the role of bishops. Pictures of the Month October
2003 REUTERS/Max Rossi PP03100076 Pictures of the Year 2003
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POPE DEATH
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January 30, 2005
File photo of Pope John Paul II observing white dove released by children from his private apartment...
Vatican City, Vatican
File photo of Pope John Paul II observing white dove released by children from his private ...
File photo of Pope John Paul II observing white dove released by children from his private apartment at the Vatican. File photo of Pope John Paul II observing a white dove released by children, from the window of his private apartment at the end of the Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican, on January 30, 2005. Pope John Paul II died on Saturday, the Vatican announced. The 84-year-old Pontiff, who had headed the Roman Catholic Church for 26 years, died at 9.37 p.m (1937 GMT), a statement said. "The Holy Father died this evening at 21.37 in his private apartment," the statement said. REUTERS/Max Rossi/FILE
POPE
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October 18, 2003
A PUDDLE REFLECTS PRIESTS GIVING THE HOLY COMMUNION DURING THE BEATIFICATION
CEREMONY OF MOTHER TERESA...
Vatican City, Vatican City State (Holy See)
A PUDDLE REFLECTS PRIESTS GIVING THE HOLY COMMUNION DURING THE
BEATIFICATION CEREMONY OF ...
A PUDDLE REFLECTS PRIESTS GIVING THE HOLY COMMUNION DURING THE BEATIFICATION
CEREMONY OF MOTHER TERESA LED BY POPE IN SAINT PETER'S SQUARE.
A puddle reflects St. Peter's Basilica and priests as they give holy
communion during the beatification ceremony of Mother Teresa led by Pope
John Paul II October 19, 2003. Pilgrims, tourists, Catholics and members of
other religions streamed into the Vatican on Sunday to see Pope John Paul II
put Mother Teresa of Calcutta on the road to sainthood. EDITORS NOTE:
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August 18, 2002
Nuns wave their hands as they welcome the pope John Paul II as he
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Krakow, Poland
NUNS WAVE AS THEY WELCOME THE POPE IN KRAKOW.
Nuns wave their hands as they welcome the pope John Paul II as he
arrives for the holy mass at Blonie grounds in Krakow August 18, 2002.
The Pope, addressing his largest crowd ever in Poland, said on Sunday
only God would decide if he could return home again and warned that

the new millennium was threatened by an onslaught of evil.
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March 13, 2005
Pope John Paul II arrives in St Peter's square next to the Vatican March 13, 2005, after leaving the...
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Pope John Paul II arrives in San Peter's square to the Vatican after leaving the Gemelli hospital.
Pope John Paul II arrives in St Peter's square next to the Vatican March 13, 2005, after leaving the Gemelli hospital 18 days after he underwent throat surgery to relieve severe breathing problems. The 84-year-old Pontiff entered a passenger van that was to take him back to the Vatican. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi Pictures of the Year 2005 AB/dbp
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April 07, 2005
Mourners wait at Saint Peter's Square to enter the Basilica where the body of the Pope lies in state...
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Mourners wait at Saint Peter's Square to enter the Basilica where the body of the Pope lies in state...
Mourners wait at Saint Peter's Square to enter the Basilica where the body of the Pope lies in state at the Vatican. Mourners wait at Saint Peter's Square to enter the Basilica where the body of the late Pope lies in state at the Vatican April 7, 2005. Presidents and pilgrims are due to pile into Rome on Thursday, creating a logistical nightmare for the city as it prepares for Pope John Paul II's funeral on Friday, the biggest in modern history. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico Pictures of the Month April 2005
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April 07, 2005
Cardinals' cassocks are blown by a gust of wind as they arrive for the funeral mass of the Pope John...
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Cardinals' cassocks are blown by a gust of wind as they arrive for the funeral mass of the ...
Cardinals' cassocks are blown by a gust of wind as they arrive for the funeral mass of the Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. HIGH RESOLUTION
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May 06, 2005
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead a mass in Saint John Basilica at Rome May 7, 2005. REUTERS/Max...
Vatican City, Vatican
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead a mass in Saint John Basilica at Rome.
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead a mass in Saint John Basilica at Rome May 7, 2005. REUTERS/Max Rossi MR/TW
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April 18, 2005
The new elected Pope Benedict XVI, known as German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, greets thousands of pilgrims...
Vatican City, Vatican
The new elected Pope greets pilgrims from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
The new elected Pope Benedict XVI, known as German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, greets thousands of pilgrims from the balcony of the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, April 19, 2005. German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the strict defender of Catholic orthodoxy for the past 23 years, was elected Pope on Tuesday despite a widespread assumption he was too old and divisive to win election. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach Pictures of the Month April 2005 PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2005 KP/DL
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