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A trip to one of the most infamous sites of recent world history provides a moment for reflection. The EURO 2012 championship, a team event for players and photographers is a whirl of activity, but...

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Pope Benedict XVI is back in Rome following his week-long-travels to Mexico and Cuba. In reviewing almost 4,000 images that documented his historic travels to the two countries, I decided to concentrate on Cuba, a country that because of travel restrictions, still remains a bit of a mystery to most of us. The first image, though, shows the Pope traveling to Cristo Rey sanctuary in Mexico to lead the holy mass celebration. The Pope urged the faithful to seek a humble and pure heart and trust in God in the face of evil. While in Cuba, in the heart of Revolution Square, with the towering images of guerrilla heroes staring back at him, the Pope called for "authentic freedom" in one of the world's most authoritarian states. Benedict's visit comes 14 years after the historic first papal trip to Cuba by Pope John Paul II, a visit that yielded an era of greater religious expression. – Paula Nelson (50 photos total)
Pope Benedict XVI looks from the helicopter at the Cristo Rey sanctuary as arrives to lead the holy mass celebration at the Parque del Bicentenario in Silao, March 25, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI sought to boost the Catholic faith in the face of violence and other challenges on his first visit to Mexico, receiving eager support from vast crowds of Mexicans. (Osservatore Romano/AFP/Getty Images)

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SNOWY IN SWITZERLAND: Snow covered a church, pictured from an aerial view, in Davos, Switzerland, Monday. The World Economic Forum opens Wednesday in the resort area. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)

SOCCER SILHOUETTES: Youths played soccer on a beach in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Sunday. Equatorial Guinea will co-host the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament with Gabon. (Ariel Schalit/Associated Press)

SMILING NEAR A SHIPWRECK: People smiled as they took a picture on a rock in front of the Costa Concordia Monday. The cruise ship rammed into a reef off Giglio, Italy, Jan. 13. Salvage experts plan to pump fuel from the shipwreck. At least 15 people died in the accident. (Tony Gentile/Reuters)

TRUCKS IN TURIN: A German truck driver shrugged as trucks were parked on a highway in Turin, Italy, Monday. Truckers blocked roads throughout Italy to protest an increase in gas prices, introduced as part of austerity measures. (Giorgio Perottino/Reuters)

IN SESSION: Salafi parliamentary members attended the opening of Egyptian Parliament—the first session held since the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak—in Cairo Monday. (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)

LUNAR NEW YEAR: A worshiper burned incense at the Lama Temple, one of China’s most renowned monasteries, on the first day of the Year of the Dragon in Beijing Monday. (Diego Azubel/European Pressphoto Agency)

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