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Bogwa: A ritual of exhumation (1 of 21)
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
11 Mar 2013

On the first day of Bogwa, people exhume the dead body of their dead beloved then tediously clean the bones.

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Bogwa: A ritual of exhumation (2 of 21)
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
10 Mar 2013

The bones of the exhume body are sun dried before wrapping it to a white cloth

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Funeral of the mother of the former P...
Warsaw, Poland
By jasza
23 Jan 2013

The funeral of mother of ex Polish President Lech Kaczynski - Maria Kaczynska.

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Funeral of the mother of the former P...
Warsaw, Poland
By jasza
23 Jan 2013

The funeral of mother of ex Polish President Lech Kaczynski - Maria Kaczynska.

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Funeral of the mother of the former P...
Warsaw, Poland
By jasza
23 Jan 2013

The funeral of mother of ex Polish President Lech Kaczynski - Maria Kaczynska.

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The Pilgrimage (14 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
31 Dec 2012

A pilgrim returns to the camp near Lalibela's rock churches. Thousands of the pious will sleep on the fields in anticipation for the upcoming Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas celebration. 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 (15 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
29 Dec 2012

A pilgrim enters one of Lalibela's rock churches. Hewn from the mountain, these churches were originally built below ground to evade detection. Called the 'Petra of Africa' due to its striking similarity to Jordan's Petra complex, this site relatively unknown (outside of Ethiopia) draws thousands of pilgrims each year for the Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas celebration. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (8 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
29 Dec 2012

Wrapped in shrouds of early morning mist and cotton, Ethiopian Orthodox Christians stand in prayer at the edge of Bet Giyorgis, the rock church carved to resemble a cross. 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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The Pilgrimage (5 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
29 Dec 2012

Serenity and fulfillment consummate one's spiritual journey. For the pilgrims transfixed in prayer, the experience has been a voyage both into the depths of the earth as well as the depths of their own faith. 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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The Pilgrimage (2 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
29 Dec 2012

Rows of pilgrims from villages all over Ethiopia file down paths on their way to be blessed by priests and visit the holy site of Lalibela. 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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Bethlehem, Christmas 2012 (5 of 6)
Bethlehem, West Bank
By Mat Wolf
25 Dec 2012

A young Palestinian boy shows off his best "Blue Steel" in Jabal Hundaza. December 25, 2012.

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Bethlehem, Christmas 2012 (2 of 6)
Bethlehem, Palestine
By Mat Wolf
25 Dec 2012

A shepherd tends his flocks on Christmas morning in Bethlehem.

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World's Largest Christmas Tree in Gub...
Gubbio, Italy
By Piergiorgio Pescali
08 Dec 2012

The World's largest Christmas tree has been lighted up in the Umbrian town of Gubbio, Italy. The tree has more than 800 lights powered by solar energy. Since 1991 the tree is enlisted in the Guinnes World Records

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World's Largest Christmas Tree in Gub...
Gubbio, Italy
By Piergiorgio Pescali
08 Dec 2012

The World's largest Christmas tree has been lighted up in the Umbrian town of Gubbio, Italy. The tree has more than 800 lights powered by solar energy. Since 1991 the tree is enlisted in the Guinnes World Records

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

A prisoner preaches during a church ceremony at Naivasha Maxium Security Prison. A few talented prisoners are sometimes chosen to lead the prayers. Naivasha, Kenya, November 2012.

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

Prisoners praying and chanting out loud during a church ceremony at Naivasha Maxium Security Prison. Some prisoners become very moved during the ceremonies and begin to dance. 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 reverend preaches during a church ceremony at Naivasha Maxium Security Prison. He also teaches prisoners after services. Naivasha, Kenya, November 2012.

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

Prisoners cheer during a church ceremony at Naivasha Maxium Security Prison. New born-again Christians are very excited about the church services. Naivasha, Kenya, November 2012.

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

A group of prisoners praying during a church ceremony at Naivasha Maxium Security Prison. Those involved tend to feel a connection with each other after the ceremonies. Naivasha, Kenya, November 2012.

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

A female born-again Christian preaches at Naivasha Maxium security prison, one of the many preachers that comes to the prison on a monthly basis. Naivasha, Kenya, November 2012.

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

A group of prisoners participating 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

A group of prisoners in ecstatic celebration 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 prisoner singing loud 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 group of prisoners praying during a church ceremony at Naivasha Maxium Security Prison. Those involved tend to feel a connection with each other after the ceremonies. Naivasha, Kenya, November 2012.

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

A prisoner crying during an emotional church ceremony at Naivasha Maxium Security Prison. Many prisoners look forward to these ceremonies during their stay. Naivasha, Kenya, November 2012.

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

A group of prisoners participating in prayers during a church ceremony at Naivasha Maxium Security Prison. Some sing loud and become emotional during the songs. 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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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. Prisoners in this prison are serving sentences that are less than 5 years. Naivasha, Kenya, November 2012.

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Maximum Security Prisoners Set Free b...
Naivasha, Kenya
By Transterra Editor
24 Nov 2012

Naivasha prison is the largest prison in eastern Africa, housing up to 3500 in their maximum security unit with most inmates serving life sentences. A smaller medium security prison including a small female unit is also located inside the prison compound. In 2007 Bishop Cosmas and Reverend David started bible studies and other out reach activities. Around 1500 have now gone through the programme and several inmates have been released early to preach the gospel. The gospel has affected all aspects of life in the Naivasha Maximum Security Prison and changed lives.

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TENSIONS RISE AS RELIGIOUS DEFAMATION...
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
18 Oct 2012

Tensions Rise as Egyptian Courts to Rule on Defaming Christianity and Islam in Two Separate Cases

In the aftermath of massive protests and violent reactions to the anti-Islam video "The Innocence of Muslims," an undercurrent of tension boils just below the surface as issues of religious defamation rise to the forefront, as seen in two recent court cases in Egypt.

One case involves a young Egyptian Coptic Christian, Alvert Saber, who is being accused of blasphemy and advocating atheism for posting clips of the infamous video online. Saber, who denies posting the clips, is not only accused of insulting Islam, but Christianity as well. Human Rights activists call for his release and advocate for his right to freedom of expression. His trial is set for November 14th.

Abou Islam, head of Umma Islamic channel and chairman of Islamic Enlightenment Center, is accused of publicly and scornfully insulting Christianity after allegedly tearing-up and burning a Bible on Sep 11 outside the US Embassy in Cairo, which he did in response to the film. Islam stated that the book was not a Bible, but a book of Terry Jones, a controversial US evangelical preacher who oversaw the burning of a copy of the Quran in a small Florida church.

Included is video footage of the protests, where violent backlash broke out along with some peaceful demonstrations in several locations including Egypt, Lebanon, Malaysia and Tunisia.

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Egyptian Man's Trial For Posting Vide...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
17 Oct 2012

On Wednesday, October 17, Cairo courts adjourned the trial of Alvert Saber, an Egyptian Copt accused of blasphemy for posting clips of the anti-Islam video on the Internet, to the session of November 14.

Saber, who denied he posted such clips, is not only accused of insulting Islam, but Christianity too.

Saber’s mother said that the police broke into their apartment illegally while she wasn’t here.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hamdy al-Asiouty, member of Saber’s defense staff
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Kariman, Alber Saber’s mother

The defense staff of the young man said that their client said he was persecuted in custody by one of the prisoners under orders of a police officer.

The prosecution investigations revealed that the defendant used Islam and Christianity to promote his extreme thoughts on the Internet, mocking God and his prophets and calling for atheism.

A number of human rights activists and supporters call for the release of Saber as he has been practicing his freedom of expression.

Story: Trial of Egyptian Copt for Posting Anti-Islam Video Adjourned to Nov 14
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: October 17, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: October 17, 2012
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Medium external shot of the court in Cairo
2. Various shots of Kariman, Alber Saber’s mother, outside the court
3. Pan left, Saber’s mother entering the court
4. Various shots of crowds of people and reporters at the corridor inside the court, waiting to see Saber while being taken out of the courtroom
5. Pan left, Saber being moved from the courtroom to another room amid tight security and throngs of people and reporters
6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Hamdy al-Asiouty, member of Saber’s defense staff
7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Kariman, Alber Saber’s mother
8. Medium shot, crowds of reporters and cameramen in a corridor at the court
9. Long shot, crowds of people, reporters and cameramen and Saber’s mother trying to enter the room he was taken to
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11. Various shots of Saber’s mother coming out of the court, speaking on the cell phone
12. Wide external shot of the court

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Minorities in Georgia (29 of 37)
Bolnisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
14 Oct 2012

A cross overlooks a few villages in Bolnisi region in Southern Georgia. Bolnisi region is traditionally populated mostly by ethnic and religious minorities, mostly Azerbaijanis. Such crosses are common throughout the country and are usually symbolically installed by local Orthodox priests and their congregation. In 2003 such cross was installed right at the town square of one of the biggest villages in Bolnisi region, populated mostly by Muslim Azerbaijanis. Offended, the villagers were ready to dismount the cross. After receiving the call about this incident sheikh of Georgia Vagif Akperov, then a mollah in Tbilisi mosque, told villigares to guard the cross day and night, so that nobody would touch it, while he settled the issue down with the Georgian Church officials. "It was a provocation," says Akperov. "Whoever installed this cross, wanted us to destroy it, in order to say later that we're aggresive towards Christian symbols." The case has been quickly settled and the cross has been removed peacefully.

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Minorities in Georgia (28 of 37)
Bolnisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
14 Oct 2012

A cross overlooks a few villages in Bolnisi region in Southern Georgia. Bolnisi region is traditionally populated mostly by ethnic and religious minorities, mostly Azerbaijanis. Such crosses are common throughout the country and are usually symbolically installed by local Orthodox priests and their congregation. In 2003 such cross was installed right at the town square of one of the biggest villages in Bolnisi region, populated mostly by Muslim Azerbaijanis. Offended, the villagers were ready to dismount the cross. After receiving the call about this incident sheikh of Georgia Vagif Akperov, then a mollah in Tbilisi mosque, told villigares to guard the cross day and night, so that nobody would touch it, while he settled the issue down with the Georgian Church officials. "It was a provocation," says Akperov. "Whoever installed this cross, wanted us to destroy it, in order to say later that we're aggresive towards Christian symbols." The case has been quickly settled and the cross has been removed peacefully.

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Minorities in Georgia (27 of 37)
Bolnisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
14 Oct 2012

A cross overlooks a few villages in Bolnisi region in Southern Georgia. Bolnisi region is traditionally populated mostly by ethnic and religious minorities, mostly Azerbaijanis. Such crosses are common throughout the country and are usually symbolically installed by local Orthodox priests and their congregation. In 2003 such cross was installed right at the town square of one of the biggest villages in Bolnisi region, populated mostly by Muslim Azerbaijanis. Offended, the villagers were ready to dismount the cross. After receiving the call about this incident sheikh of Georgia Vagif Akperov, then a mollah in Tbilisi mosque, told villigares to guard the cross day and night, so that nobody would touch it, while he settled the issue down with the Georgian Church officials. "It was a provocation," says Akperov. "Whoever installed this cross, wanted us to destroy it, in order to say later that we're aggresive towards Christian symbols." The case has been quickly settled and the cross has been removed peacefully.