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TOP SHOTS OF 2015

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Pope Francis - General audience in St. Peter's Square, Vatican, Rome, Italy - 16 Dec 2015

Jeffrey Bruno - published on 12/30/15

Aleteia's own photo team presents the best pics of 2015

There are billions of images of millions of stories captured every year. Images have the power to move hearts and minds, to raise awareness and cause change. The Aleteia Image department has assembled some of the most defining images shot in 2015 by Aleteia’s own photographers as well as other leading photographers from around the globe. The theme is Faith and Hope, as they reveal themselves through tragedies and triumphs of the past year.

ROME,ITALY: Pope Francis greets a boy during an audience with Parish Cells for Evangelization in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on September 5, 2015.   FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images
FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images
ROME, ITALY: Pope Francis greets a boy during an audience with Parish Cells for Evangelization in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on September 5, 2015. FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images
ARBIL,IRAQ: Iraqi Christian children, who fled the violence in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, sit outside their tents pitched in the grounds of Mar Elias Chaldean Catholic Church in Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq on December 19, 2015. AFP / SAFIN HAMED
AFP / SAFIN HAMED
ARBIL, IRAQ: Iraqi Christian children, who fled the violence in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, sit outside their tents pitched in the grounds of Mar Elias Chaldean Catholic Church in Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq on December 19, 2015. AFP/SAFIN HAMED
TENERIFE,CANARY ISLANDS: Girls hold palm leaves blessed during the morning Mass at the Cathedral of San Cristobal de La Laguna during a procession commemorating the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem, on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife on March 29, 2015.  Palm Sunday held annually on the Sunday before easter and commemorates the entry into Jerusalem of Jesus Christ. AFP PHOTO / DESIREE MARTIN
DESIREE MARTIN
TENERIFE, CANARY ISLANDS: Girls hold palm leaves blessed during the morning Mass at the Cathedral of San Cristobal de La Laguna during a procession commemorating the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem, on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife on March 29, 2015. Palm Sunday is held annually on the Sunday before Easter and commemorates the entry into Jerusalem of Jesus Christ. AFP PHOTO/DESIREE MARTIN

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A very special thanks to the photographers and staff from the Archdiocese of Boston/Pilot Media, the Archdiocese of Denver/Catholic Charities, the Archdiocese of New York, AFP, Getty Images and Nurphoto for providing the access and support to make this possible.

On behalf of the Agata, Federica, Antoine, Marko, Kat and Jeff from Aleteia Image Department, we wish you all a very Blessed Christmas and joy-filled New Year!

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Christians in the Middle EastIraqPoliticsPope FrancisReligious Freedom
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