At Whitsun (aka Pentecost), Christians celebrate the appearance of the Holy Spirit to the Twelve Apostles. In Bavaria, processions -- like the Pentecost ride in Bad Kötzting -- are held to mark the occasion.
The influence of the Catholic Church has waned in Brazil, where people have been flocking to evangelical churches. Now these churches have their sights set on the presidency, signaling a possible shift to the right.
Hundreds of prisoners have been released ahead of Christmas in keeping with a holiday tradition in Germany. But some states have refused an early release, saying that it's probably unconstitutional.
Two men with the same surname but different political platforms are the presidential choices for Costa Rican voters. An ultraconservative preacher and a former labor minister see gay rights very differently.
In a slight to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, new Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Islam is not part of German culture. His comments underscore his efforts to push the government to the right.
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