Time magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year on Wednesday, crediting him with shifting the message of the Catholic Church while capturing the “imaginations of millions” who had become disillusioned with the Vatican.
Oct. 16 Photo Brief: Crazy fashion in Singapore, battling Typhoon Wipha in Japan and the Pope catches one in the face
Wild designs went on display during Fashion week in Singapore, Typhoon Wipha made life difficult for pedestrians in Japan, a faithful tosses a scarf to the Pontiff which he catches with his face and more in today’s daily brief.
Pope Francis led Catholics worldwide in a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, urging world leaders to remove their nations from a “spiral of sorrow and death.” In a five-hour prayer vigil in Vatican City, Francis reminded worshippers that “violence and war lead only to death.”
Meanwhile, demonstrations in Lebanon against a possible U.S. military intervention in Syria intensified. As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with European leaders to look for international support of U.S. action, protests in D.C., New York and Paris sprung up on Saturday.
An aerial view of destruction in Syria, Alpine cattle herding in Austria, Red Bull Flugtag Russia 2013 competition and more in today’s daily brief. | Warning: Visual coverage may depict injury and/or death.
Over 100 competitors compete in the Lumberjack World Championships, racers set out to achieve a Guinness World Record with The Sumo Run, election sees rise of a two-party system in Cambodia and more in today’s daily brief. | Warning: Visual coverage may depict injury and/or death.
Pope Francis made the first overseas trip of his papacy this week, heading to Brazil mainly to preside over the five-day celebration of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. While visiting a country rocked by protests that began last month, the first Latin American pontiff chastised the Brazilian government for not doing enough to help poor residents.
July 23 Photo Brief: England celebrated the royal birth, beating the heat in Berlin and a polar bear with a strawberry ice cube
Britain celebrates the birth of the royal baby, people try to beat the heat in Berlin, a polar bear enjoys a giant strawberry ice cube and more in today’s daily brief.
July 16 Photo Brief: Badwater Ultramarathon, washing your hair in space, Pope Francis sand sculpture
The Badwater Ultramarathon at Death Valley National Park, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg washes her hair in space, a Pope Francis sand sculpture in Brazil and more in today’s daily brief. | Warning: Photos included may depict violence and/or injury.
June 19 Photo Brief: A tea party at the Capitol, baby kissing at the Vatician and war exercises in Jordan
Tea Party members hold a rally at the U.S. Capitol against the IRS, Pope Francis kisses a baby during his weekly audience in Vatican Square, large scale military exercises take place in Jordan involving 19 countries and more in today’s daily brief.
Easter Sunday, Nelson Mandela’s condition improving, Zombie Walk in Tokyo and more in today’s daily brief.