With an oink oink here and a cluck cluck there, animals arrived at the Vatican and elsewhere on Friday to get a blessing. Hundreds of pet owners bring their animals to be blessed every year on the day of Saint Anthony, patron saint of animals. Elsewhere in the world, according to tradition that dates back 500 years, people ride their horses through the narrow cobblestone streets of this small village in Spain to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires.
March 29 Photo Brief: Pope Francis prays for Good friday, German beaches get snow for Easter, North Korea takes aim for America
Pope Francis presides over the first Holy Week of his papacy, beach-goers enjoy snow during the opening day of Strandbad Wannsee beach in Berlin, North Korea releases a picture of Kim Jong-un during an urgent operations meeting to put the country’s rockets on standby to attack U.S. military bases and more in today’s daily brief.
Six days after Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the new head of the Catholic Church, the newly dubbed Pope Francis was formally installed as the church’s next pontiff. Addressing thousands of people at his inauguration mass at the Vatican, the first Latin American pope delivered a homily on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica.
March 15 Photo Brief: The new Pope’s ex-girlfriend, chocolate couture, fake Chinese medicine, et tu, Bieber?
The smiling lady that sent the new Pope packing for the priesthood, models walk the runway in edible attire during the second Bordeaux’s Chocolate fair, Justin Bieber plays on after apologizing for his online slam against Lindsay Lohan, environmental artist Christo unveils his “Big Air Package” and more in today’s daily brief.
After meeting to discuss issues, the Catholic Church’s cardinals gather in the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday afternoon to elect a new pope. Meanwhile, near the Pantheon in Rome, the tailors at Gammarelli will make preparations of their own.
For 200 years, the ecclesiastical tailors have been creating garb for bishops, cardinals, pontiffs and priests. As Catholics await the announcement of the Vatican’s next leader, Gammarelli is expected to be already creating papal garb — in small, medium and large sizes so whoever is chosen will get the right fit.
March 10 Photo Brief: World’s largest functional tuba, World Baseball Classic brawl, Burning of the bulls, Chuck Hagel in Kabul
World’s largest functional tuba, World Baseball Classic brawl, Burning of the bulls in Mexico, Chuck Hagel in Kabul and more in today’s daily brief.
Feb. 28 Photo Brief: Pope Benedict bids an emotional farewell, pollution in Beijing, 40th Show of the Best, the sequester
Pope Benedict bids an emotional farewell, pollution in Beijing, 40th Show of the Best, the sequester in the United States and more in today’s daily brief.
Masses of pilgrims queued to enter St. Peter’s Square to hear Pope Benedict XVI’s final weekly public audience in Vatican City, Vatican on Wednesday. The Pontiff attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. The weekly event, which would normally be held in a vast auditorium in winter, was moved outdoors to St. Peter’s Square so more people can attend. Pope Benedict XVI had been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements.
Feb. 24 Photo Brief: Pope’s last public blessings, Daytona International Speedway crash, topless feminists protest against Berlusconi
Pope Benedict’s last public blessings before he resigns, race carries on after Daytona International Speedway crash, topless feminists protest against former Prime Minister Berlusconi and more in today’s daily brief. | Attention: Several photos might depict injury or death.
Feb. 18 Photo Brief: A year to go until the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, Libya celebrates second anniversary of uprising, Iberia workers on strike
A year to go until the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, Libya celebrates second anniversary of uprising, Iberia workers on strike and more in today’s daily brief.