March 15 Photo Brief: The new Pope’s ex-girlfriend, chocolate couture, fake Chinese medicine, et tu, Bieber?

March 15 Photo Brief: The new Pope’s ex-girlfriend, chocolate couture, fake Chinese medicine, et tu, Bieber?

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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.

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Mexican biker priest shares God through rock ‘n’ roll

Mexican biker priest shares God through rock ‘n’ roll

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Photographer Daniel Becerril documented unconventional Catholic priest Adolfo Huerta, known as “Gofo,” who likes rock music, dyes his hair red, dresses in black, and enjoys riding his motorcycle. Huerta, who was ordained five years ago, found God and the priesthood while studying philosophy at the Pontifical University in Mexico City and working with HIV-positive patients and sex workers as a social activist. He says it is important to demystify faith and accept people’s differences without judgement, and in his sermons he references rock songs, quotes books and tells jokes.

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March 14 Photo Brief: All smiles from Pope Francis, North Korea does some target practicing and Pippa takes in the horses

March 14 Photo Brief: All smiles from Pope Francis, North Korea does some target practicing and Pippa takes in the horses

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It’s all smiles today for the new Pope, North Korea takes in some target practice, Pippa Middleton goes to the race track for the Cheltenham Festival horse racing meet and more in today’s daily brief.

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Mitch Seavey and his team of dogs cross finish line to win Iditarod Great Sled Race 2013

Mitch Seavey and his team of dogs cross finish line to win Iditarod Great Sled Race 2013

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Mush! Mush! Mush! Mitch Seavey, 53, became the oldest champion of the 2013 Iditarod Great Sled Race on Tuesday. The win comes a year after his son became the youngest winner.

Heralded as the “Last Great Race,” mushers and their dogs take on a grueling 1,000-mile sled-dog race track from Anchorage to Nome in Alaska. The first race began on March 3, 1973 and finished 32 days later.

Browse photos taken by Bill Roth of the Anchorage Daily News and Nathaniel Wilder of Reuters.

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iPhone panoramas: Kumbh Mela festival in India

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Believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth, some 100 million were said to have attended the 2013 Kumbh Mela festival, held on the banks of the Sangam in Allahabad. Hindus made the pilgrimage to bathe in the holy waters to wash away their sins at the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. The festival alternates between the cities of Nasik, Allahabad, Ujjain and Haridwar every three years.

Photos taken by Daniel Berehulak of Getty Images. You can read his account on Time’s Lightbox blog.

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A new pope’s new clothes

A new pope’s new clothes

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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.

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