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Preach On The Beach: Meet The Young French Missionaries Sermonizing To Sunbathers

Youthful believers in Brittany target vacationers with God's word, hoping to return "asleep" Catholics to the path to faith.

Our Lady of the Sand?
Our Lady of the Sand?
Alicia Bourabaa

CARNAC — Last week's World Youth Day in Brazil, attended by Pope Francis himself, drew more than three million young Catholics from all over the world. But not every young faithful could afford to travel to South America, and that left some youthful French believers to turn to projects launched by their local dioceses.

While the Pope and his tender flock were 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) away, Carnac's “Holy Beach” evangelization mission, which together with Lourdes and Saint-Malo received the 2013 World Youth Day stamp of approval, hoped to stir and inspire unwitting vacationers and sunbathers.

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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