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Pope Benedict XVI asperges incense in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary, on the occasion of the Immaculate Conception feast, in Rome, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated the Christmas season in Rome with his traditional visit to the posh Spanish Steps neighborhood to pray before a statue of Mary. Throngs of shoppers, tourists and Romans alike jammed the rain-slicked cobblestones around the piazza to catch a glimpse of Benedict as he marked the Catholic Church's feast of the Immaculate Conception. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Photo by: Gregorio Borgia
Pope Benedict XVI asperges incense in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary, on the occasion of the Immaculate Conception feast, in Rome, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated the Christmas season in Rome with his traditional visit to the posh Spanish Steps neighborhood to pray before a statue of Mary. Throngs of shoppers, tourists and Romans alike jammed the rain-slicked cobblestones around the piazza to catch a glimpse of Benedict as he marked the Catholic Church's feast of the Immaculate Conception. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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