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© Salvatore Mazzeo, Italy
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Photo of the Day: April 26, 2017

DAILY LIFE: 2017 SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS – 1st Place National Awards – Photo by: Salvatore Mazzeo

ENNA, Sicily: Two little girls pose, dressed as nuns, during Holy Week celebrations in the city of Enna, Sicily. Enna is a place where tradition drives their cultural identity.

Enna is a small city with a population of about 28,000. According to Wikipedia:

The neighborhood of Enna is celebrated in myth as the place whence Persephone was carried off by Pluto, god of the underworld. The spot assigned by local tradition as the scene of this event was a small lake surrounded by lofty and precipitous hills, about 8 km from Enna. The meadows abound in flowers, and a nearby cavern or grotto was believed to be where the king suddenly emerged.

Diodorus describes the spot whence Persephone was carried off as a meadow so full of fragrant flowers that hounds could not follow their prey. He described the meadow as enclosed on all sides by steep cliffs, and having groves and marshes in the neighborhood, but does not refer to a lake.

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People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

-Mark 10:13 – 16

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“Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

-Matthew 18:6

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