Boys ranging from six to 12 prepare their flags for the Shimadachi Hadaka Matsuri, an annual festival rooted in Shinto tradition in which the children parade through town to ward off evil spirits and pay respects to the god of health.
Pope Francis hugs Sister Carmen Sammut at the end of a meeting in May with hundreds of women who serve the Roman Catholic Church. The pontiff has appointed a commission to study whether women can serve as deacons.
A Muslim faithful woman sits as she attends a Mass in tribute to priest Jacques Hamel at the Saint-Leu Saint-Gilles Bagnolet's Church, near Paris on Sunday.
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