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Every day HuffPost Religion is documenting the diverse world of religion using photographs. These images will provide insight into the colorful festivals that people around the world celebrate, illustrate the personal faith and practice of individuals and reveal the dramatic intersection of religion with art, culture, politics and world affairs.

As the old adage goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words." We hope you enjoy following along.

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Haleema Sadia, of Burlington, holds up a Canadian flag during an anti-terrorism demonstration by progressive Muslims at Queen's Park. (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

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A poppies' field is pictured near Ostuni, in the province of Brindisi in Puglia, south-east of Italy, on May 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

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orthodox easter

Christian worshipers light candles lit from a flame that emerged from the tomb believed to be of Jesus Christ as they take part in the ceremony of the holy fire at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher May 04, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. The ancient fire ritual celebrates the Messiah's resurrection after being crucified on the cross. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi /Getty Images)

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beltane

Dramatic sunrise over the standing stones at Callanish on the Isle of Lewis.

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uae mosque

A general view of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on April 28, 2013. The mosque is named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan the founder and the first president of the UAE. AFP/PHOTO Karim Sahib

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golden temple

An Indian Sikh devotee holds an oil lamp as he pays his respects at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on April 18, 2013 on the occasion of the 392nd birth anniversary of the ninth Sikh Guru, Teg Bahadur. Guru Tegh Bahadur, the youngest of the five sons of Guru Hargobind, was born in Amritsar in 1621 and was executed on the orders of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in Delhi in 1675. AFP PHOTO/ NARINDER NANU

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boston marathon prayers

A woman kneels and prays at the scene of the first explosion on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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vaisakhi

An Indian Sikh devotee girl lights candles at the illuminated Sikhism's holiest shrine, the Golden Temple in Amritsar on April 13, 2013 on the occasion of Baisakhi. Baisakhi marks the Punjabi and Nepali New Year and the beginning of the harvest season in Punjab state and Nepal. AFP PHOTO/ NARINDER NANU

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pope francis disabled boy

Pope Francis holds a disabled child as he greets the faithful prior to his first 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica during Easter Mass on March 31, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis delivered his message to the gathered faithful from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in St. Peter's Square after his first Holy week as Pontiff. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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pope francis holy thursday

Pope Francis washes the feet of a prisoner at the Casal Del Marmo Youth Detention Centre during the mass of the Lord's Supper on March 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. During the mass, commemorating Christ's Last Supper, Pope Francis will wash the feet of prisoners in the Casal Del Marmo youth detention centre in observance of the Bible's account of Jesus Christ's gesture towards his 12 apostles on the night before he was crucified. (Photo by Servizio Fotografico L'Osservatore Romano via Getty Images)

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Indian Hindu devotees throw coloured powder at the Radha Rani temple during the Lathmar Holi festival in Barsana on March 21, 2013. Lathmar Holi is a local celebration, but it takes place well before the national Holi day on March 27. AFP PHOTO/ Sanjay Kanojia (Photo credit should read Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

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Pope Francis kisses 8-month-old Victoria Maria Marino from Sicily after delivering his blessing to the palms and to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square during Palm Sunday Mass on March 24, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis lead his first mass of Holy Week as pontiff by celebrating Palm Sunday in front of thousands of faithful and clergy. The pope's first holy week will also incorporate him washing the feet of prisoners in a youth detention centre in Rome next Thursday, 28th March. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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archbishop of canterbury

The Most Reverend Justin Welby sits in the Chair of St Augustine as the Dean of Canterbury Robert Willis takes him by the hand during his enthronement as the Archbishop of Canterbury at Canterbury Cathedral on March 21, 2013 in Canterbury, England. The newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is enthroned today, installing him as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England, in front of bishops and religious of the Anglican communion from around the world, the Prime Minister David Cameron, The Prince of Wales and other dignitaries. (Photo by Chris Radburn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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obama israel

US President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (unseen) at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, on March 20, 2013, on the first day of Obama's three day trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB

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pope fancis

Pope Francis waves from the papamobile during his inauguration mass at St Peter's square on March 19, 2013 at the Vatican. World leaders flew in for Pope Francis's inauguration mass in St Peter's Square on Tuesday where Latin America's first pontiff will receive the formal symbols of papal power. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

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buenos aires chapel

Father Lorenzo de Vedia poses inside the Virgen de Caacupe chapel at Villa 21-24 on March 15, 2013. Pope Francis used to visit the neighbourhood when he was bishop in Buenos Aires . AFP PHOTO/Leo La Valle

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In this picture taken March 20, 2008 Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, right, kisses the feet of a man during a mass with youth trying to overcome drug addictions in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio, who chose the name of Pope Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church. The famous words uttered to announce that a leader of the Catholic Church has been chosen now have special resonance for Latin America, which had felt neglected by the Vatican and has finally produced the New World's first pope.(AP Photo/Str )

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pope francis

Newly elected Pope Francis I waves to the waiting crowd from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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sikh shiva ratri

An Indian Sikh devotee holds a snake in a procession during the Maha Shivaratri festival in Amritsar on March 10, 2013, on the occasion of the festival dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva, Maha Shivaratri. The festival of Maha Shivaratri is marked by Hindus through fasting and offering prayers in a night long vigil. AFP PHOTO/ NARINDER NANU

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kino initiative

A Catholic nun serves soup to immigrants at the Kino Initiative center near the Mariposa border crossing between Mexico and the United States on March 10, 2013 in Nogales, Mexico. The soup kitchen often feeds hundreds of immigrants daily, including those recently deported from the U.S. and those about to try and cross into the United States illegally. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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st peters basilica

The sun sets over St Peter's Basilica in St. Peter's Square as cardinals prepare to vote for a new pope on March 9, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Cardinals are set to enter the conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI after he became the first pope in 600 years to resign from the role. The conclave is scheduled to start on March 12 inside the Sistine Chapel and will be attended by 115 cardinals as they vote to select the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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new pope outfits

The outfits for the new pope to be elected are displayed in the window of Italian ecclesiastical tailor Gammarelli on March 4, 2013 in Rome. The tailors at Gammarelli ecclesiastical tailoring create vestments for the new pope in small, medium and large sizes so that whoever is chosen will fit right into the clothes. Six generations of Gammarelli's have had the honour of serving thousands of priests, and hundreds of Bishops and Cardinals and Pontiffs. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

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female priest

Excommunicated female priest Janice Sevre-Duszynska, unfurling a red and white banner reading 'Women Priests are Here,' said she had come to draw attention to the lack of a voice for women as cardinals gather at the Vatican to choose former pope Benedict XVI's successor in Rome on 7 March 2013. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI

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cardinals st peters basilica

A view of St. Peter's Basilica during a meeting of prayer at St. Peter's Basilica with cardinals gathered in Rome for the conlave on March 6, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

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sede vacante stamp

An enveloppe with the stamps for use during the 'Sede Vacante', or Vacant See, created by the historic resignation of pope Benedict XVI, is displayed on the day they were issued on March 1, 2013 at the Vatican. The unusual interregnum stamps, a series of four, include the Vacant See symbol -- a striped umbrella over crossed keys -- as well as the words Sede Vacante, Citta del Vaticano and MMXIII, the year in Roman numerals. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

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kumbh mela

Indian people stand near Sangam, the confluence of the Yamuna, Ganges and mythical Saraswati rivers and the site of the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on February 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ SANJAY KANOJIA

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pope benedict helicopter

People crowd the gallery on top of St Peter's Basilica as a helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes by on its way out of Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He will stay at the Papal Summer residence of Castel Gandolfo until renovations are complete at a monastery in the grounds of the Vatican and will be known as Roman pontiff emeritus or pope emeritus. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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pope castel gandolfo

Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful from a balcony upon arrival in Castel Gandolfo on February 28, 2013. Once he steps down later in the day, Pope Benedict XVI will begin his retirement in the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, a sumptuous villa outside Rome with ornamental gardens, breathtaking views and its own farm. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO

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pope benedict vigil

Pilgrims and clergy members hold a candle-lit vigil in Saint Peter's Square, facing Pope Benedict XVI's private apartment, after his final weekly public audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff has attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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vatican sunset

The sun sets behind St Peter's Basilica on February 26, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff will hold his last weekly public audience on February 27, 2013 before he retires the following day. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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