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Last night, thousands of Catholics congregated around the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris while Pope Benedict XVI gave a Friday night prayer while groups of young believers shouted "Beeeeen-eeeet-DIC-TO!" Around midnight candles were handed out and the crowd of Parisians and pilgrims started walking to Les Invalides, where a mass will be held on Saturday morning. Photo by Danielle Voirin.

September 13, 2008