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Monk with his cat. One of the things I love most about Buddhists and Buddhism is their absolute love for animals.

The Iglesia de la Merced is in the former La Merced convent. Begun around 1545, it remains the city’s oldest church. It’s a lovely whitewashed building in the Spanish colonial style, with a long, narrow nave, and humble wood and stucco construction. Inside, a heavily gilded baroque high altar is topped by the Virgen de las Mercedes, the patron saint of the city.

Monasterio de Santa Catalina, Arequipa, Perù. Santa Catalina is like a small town of its own, and the streets are all brightly coloured (red, blue and white).

Sunday Psali for the Virgin -English -St. Anthony Coptic Monastery, Cali...