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THE DAY IN PHOTOS: April 12, 2019

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Posted at Apr 12 2019 10:50 PM

Here are the big stories today in photos.

Pope kneels, kisses feet of South Sudan leaders

In this photo taken and released on April 11, 2019 by the Vatican Press Office, Vatican Media, Pope Francis (bottom) kneels to kiss the feet of South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit (center) and South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar (right) at the Pope's Santa Marta residence in the Vatican. Pope Francis on April 11 knelt and kissed the feet of leaders of South Sudan at the end of a two-day retreat to help them solidify a peace agreement. Vatican Media, AFP

Duterte’s chosen ones

President Duterte greets senatorial candidate Imee Marcos on the sidelines of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the Bacolod City Government Center Football Field in Negros Occidental on Thursday. Other candidates in the photo are (l-r) Koko Pimentel, Dong Mangudadatu, and Francis Tolentino. Richard Madelo, Presidential Photo

Rice Paddy art features Catriona Gray

An image of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is seen on rice paddies at the Science City in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija in this photo taken on Friday. The rice paddy art is an annual project of the Philippine Rice Institute as part of its “Lakbay Palay” project, which aims to encourage students to get into agriculture and other related industries. Noriel Padiernos, ABS-CBN News

A tribe's art of mat-making

Eileen Sumilan, a 56-year-old Tagolwanen, weaves sodsod grass into a mat on Thursday. The art of mat-making from sodsod grass is a tradition passed down by the elders of the Bukidnon-Tagolwanen tribe in Barangay Can-ayan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Froilan Gallardo, ABS-CBN News

Fake Rolex, shoes, shirts destroyed

A backhoe destroys boxes of counterfeit goods in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Friday. The Philippine National Police and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines led the destruction of over P65-million worth of pirated goods such as Rolex watches, pirated CDs, shirts and shoes. Manny Palmero, ABS-CBN News

The Holy Stairs

Faithfuls kneel on the newly restored Holy Stairs (Scala Sancta), which according to Catholic Church, is the stair on which Jesus Christ stepped leading to the crucifixion, during a special opening, in Rome, Thursday. These original marble steps will be accessible until June 9, 2019, the Feast of the Pentecost, after which their walnut wood covering, sought by Pope Innocent XIII in 1723 to protect them, will be repositioned. Andrew Medichini, AP Photo

'Kalbaryo ng Mamamayan'

Members of different church and human rights groups stage a rally dubbed "Kalbaryo ng Mamamayan" in Manila on Friday, ahead of the observance of the Holy Week. The groups criticized the administration for its alleged tyrannical and anti-poor policies, which according to the protesters are the modern-day crosses that Filipinos have to bear. Mark Z. Saludes, ABS-CBN News