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Christians around the world celebrate Epiphany

Christians around the world celebrate Epiphany
From CBC - January 6, 2018

Many Christians around the worldobserve the ancient feast day Epiphany, which brings a close to the Christmas season. At the Vatican, Pope Francis gave a special mass torecall the Three Wise Men who followed a star to find baby Jesus.

Three Kings Day

The ancient feast daycelebrates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, as well as the visit from the Three Wise Men,which is why it's also known as "Three Kings Day."

Some peopleattendingcelebrations at the Vaticandressed as figures from the famous Christmas bible story.

Epiphany mass

The Pope urged Christians to avoid pursuingmoney, a careeror success as the basis for one's whole life, and asked them toresist "inclinations toward arrogance, the thirst for power and for riches."

Pope Francis suggested asking, "What star we have chosen to follow in our lives?"

'Path of justice'

Later, during an appearance from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, Pope Francisprayed"the world makes progress downthe path of justice and of peace."

Russian Orthodox Christmas

Francis noted that some Eastern-rites Catholic and Orthodox churches were celebrating Christmas this weekend and offered his cordial wishes to these who usethe old Julian calendar instead of the 17th-century Gregorian calendar.Orthodox Christians in St. Petersburg, Russia, celebrated Christmas Day on Sunday with outdoor dancing.

Coptic Christmas in Egypt

In Egypt, Coptic Orthodox Christians like this nun packed the newly built Nativity of Christ Cathedral in Cairofor a Christmas Eve mass after a bloody year for the minority singled out byjihadistsfor attacks.

Blessing of the waters in Turkey

Holiday market in Rome

Parades in Spain

Procession in Poland

Romanian horse race

Bulgarian river dance

Mexican sharing of bread

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