As people marked the arrival of a new lunar year in Hong Kong on Thursday, worshippers could be seen rushing to the altar.

According to traditional Chinese time-keeping, 11pm on the eve of the lunar new year is an ideal moment to visit a temple to pray and light incense sticks. The hope is to bring as much good fortune for the coming year as possible.

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The Pope and the circus

On Wednesday Pope Francis was treated to a brief performance by the Rony Rollers Circus troupe in Saint Peter’s Square at the end of his weekly audience.