People cover a wooden statue of Saint Domenico with snakes during a procession in Cocullo, central Italy. Every year in May, snakes are placed onto the statue of St. Domenico and the statue is then carried in a procession around the town.
The burning of Judas is an Easter-time ritual held by Orthodox and Catholic communities. Effigies of Judas Iscariot are burned, hanged, flogged or exploded with fireworks. Once widely practiced across Europe, now it can be seen only in Greece, Portugal and Spain.
The Spaniards and Portuguese spread the tradition around their colonies and it is still celebrated in Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Uruguay, Chile and The Philippines.
Amitayus and Amitabha are both associated with the cardinal direction west, the color red, the lotus flower, and the transmutation of lust into discriminating wisdom. Their abode is Sukhavati, the Pure Land in the west.
New Pope meets Pope retired: On Saturday Francis flew in the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo in northern Italy. There currently lives Benedict XVI., Who had resigned from his position as a representative of God on earth in late February. The two greeted each other warmly.
Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina appears on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica after being elected by the conclave of cardinals, at the Vatican, March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez