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Top 10 Pre-Lenten Celebrations Worldwide

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Fiesta de los Flores y Frutas, Ecuador

This year the season of Lent begins on February 10th (Ash Wednesday), but before a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, there’s always a party. The National Geographic‘s list of the ten best Pre-Lenten celebrations worldwide here: Top 10 Pre-Lenten Celebrations Worldwide. See videos of dancing in New Orleans and more on our Facebook page. Photos after the jump:

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An Italian Monastery Becomes a Fashion Destination for Brides in a Frugal Era

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St. Rita's Monastery Brides who cannot afford a wedding dress come to St. Rita’s monastery in Cascia, Italy. The monastery — once home to St. Rita, an abused bride and a widow before becoming a nun about 600 years ago — has long been a pilgrimage site for Italian women, who come to pray to the saint to protect their marriages. Read more from The New York Times here: An Italian Monastery Becomes a Fashion Destination for Brides in a Frugal Era. See pictures after the jump:

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In Historic Move, Francis to Meet With Leader of Russian Orthodox Church

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Krill

In an historic move toward Christian unity the Pope and the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox church will meet in Cuba. The New York Times has the story: In Historic Move, Francis to Meet With Leader of Russian Orthodox Church. And a better take from Catholic News ServicePope and Russian Patriarch to Meet in Cuba.

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Memorial of St. Paul Miki and Companions

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Nagasaki, Japan today

Amid the many horrors of the bombing of NagaskiJapan in 1945, this one is often overlooked: in a country where Christians are few, Nagasaki was the site of a Christian community. It was near Nagasaki in 1597 that the first Christian martyrs of the Far East were killed. More from Melissa Musick after the jump:

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