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FEATURED VIDEO: The boxer

As Baltimore faces the first police trial relating to the death of Freddie Gray, R&E visits a church in the city’s Cherry Hill neighborhood whose ministry and outreach include a boxing gym.

Muslim pilgrims walk to the holy city of Karbala ahead of the Shiite ritual of Arbaeen, in Najaf, Iraq, on Nov. 30, 2015. Arbaeen marks the end of a 40-day mourning period for the killing of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein 13 centuries ago. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani 
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PHOTOS: The Shiite pilgrimage Arbaeen

(RNS) Drawing an estimated 17 million pilgrims, the Shiite ritual known as Arbaeen dwarfs even the hajj. Arbaeen marks the end of the 40-day mourning period after the anniversary of the seventh-century slaying of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, which engendered the Sunni-Shiite schism.

Participants from the Newar community in traditional attire take part in the parade to celebrate the Newari New Year that falls during the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Nov. 12, 2015. Members of the Newar community observe the start of their Newari New Year 1136, in accordance with their lunar calendar, by worshipping their spiritual selves in a ritual known as "mahapuja." Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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PHOTOS: The beauty of Diwali in Nepal

The Hindu festival of lights, or Diwali, is celebrated all over the world with music, dance and fireworks. In Kathmandu, Nepal, it is known as the Tihar festival to the Newar community, who observe the start of their new year 1136 according to the lunar calendar.