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The Pilgrimage (16 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
30 Dec 2012

A pilgrim reads from the bible along the steep walls of Lalibela's stone churches. Originally built in the 12th and 13th centuries as a second Jerusalem for Ethiopia's Orthodox Christians, pilgrims arrive to the site each year to celebrate Orthodox Christmas. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (22 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
30 Dec 2012

A group of young Ethiopian Orthodox Christians read from a bible during a morning prayer service at one of Lalibela's holy rock churches. Pilgrims flock to the area for the Orthodox Christmas celebrations. Perched high in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (18 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
30 Dec 2012

A lone pilgrim reads from the bible along the stone pathways linking Lalibela's 11 stone churches. Built after the 1187 invasion of Saladin, the church complex hides below the ground in order to evade detection. Perched high in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (4 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
29 Dec 2012

Resting against the rock face of the church, an Orthodox Christian is caught in a moment of contemplation. Each of the underground churches contain a thick and richly colored curtain hiding a replica of the Ark of the Covenant, viewed only by priests, deacons and bishops. Perched high in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, in the small town of Lalibela, Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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Maximum Security Prisoners of Prayer ...
naivasha, kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Nov 2012

A prisoner prays in a corner during a church ceremony at Naivasha Maxium Security Prison. There is room for personal prayers during the ceremony. Naivasha, Kenya, November 2012.

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Maximum Security Prisoners of Prayer ...
naivasha, kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Nov 2012

A prisoner prays during a church ceremony at Naivasha Maxium Security Prison. During the church service some prisoners pray on their own. Naivasha, Kenya, November 2012.

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Maximum Security Prisoners of Prayer ...
naivasha, kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Nov 2012

A prisoner deep in prayer during a church ceremony at Naivasha Maxium Security Prison. Naivasha, Kenya, November 2012.

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Maximum Security Prisoners of Prayer ...
naivasha, kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Nov 2012

Prisoners listen closely and actively respond to sermons during a church ceremony at Naivasha Maxium Security Prison. Naivasha, Kenya, November 2012.

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Maximum Security Prisoners of Prayer ...
naivasha, kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Nov 2012

A female prisoner prays during a church ceremony at the Naivasha Female Medium Security Prison. Only a few are born-again Christians but many are expected to change after regularly attending the ceremonies. Naivasha, Kenya, November 2012.

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Maximum Security Prisoners of Prayer ...
naivasha, kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Nov 2012

Female prisoners pray during a church ceremony at the Naivasha Female Medium Security Prison. Many of the female prisoners have their children with them in prison. Naivasha, Kenya, November 2012.

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Egyptian women in Action
Cairo, Egypt
By mostafaa.sheshtawy
27 Jan 2012

The unity: a Cross + Bible + Quraan. An Egyptian woman with a flag as a scarf, asking for the Egyptian people to unite.