100 Years Old

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Dagmar Westberg stands beside a painting named “Saint James the Greater” (1615) by Jusepe de Ribera at Frankfurt’s St├Ądel museum, Dec.4. The philanthropist turns 100 years old on Dec.8 and on the occasion donates the (very) valuable painting to the museum.

Worshippers

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A woman touches a reliquary containing a tiny piece of cloth with a drop of blood of the late Pope John Paul II during a mass in Obertshausen, just southeast of Frankfurt, July 28. The rare ceremony was attended by hundreds of worshippers. John Paul II was declared a saint of the Roman Catholic church earlier this year.

St. Martin’s Procession

St. Martin's Procession

Kids from a local primary school and a kindergarten carry their lanterns during a St. Martin’s procession in Frankfurt, Nov.11. Processions like this one take place each year mainly in the catholic areas of Germany and other countries. November 11 is the feast day of St. Martin of Tours (France), who started out as a Roman soldier and later became a monk. In one legend about his life he once cut his cloak in half and shared it with a beggar during a snowstorm.

Old City Hall

Old City Hall

The half-timbered old city hall of Fulda, some 100 kms (60 mls) east of Frankfurt, behind stone statues of Saint Benedict (left) and Saint Boniface, Sep.19. While the city hall is almost 500 years old, the ancient-looking statues in front of it are a mere four years old.

Visionary

Visionary

The sun shines behind a metal figure dipicting Saint Hildegard of Bingen on the roof ridge of the Disibodenberg museum on the former site of a monastery in the Palatinate Forest near Bad Kreuznach, some 100 kms (60 mls) west of Frankfurt, Sep.6. Taken through the leaves of a chestnut tree. Hildegard of Bingen, a Benedictine abbess and visionary, lived here in the 12th century. She probably was the most famous woman in Germany in the middle ages.