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Switzerland. Canton Ticino. Pregassona. Religious procession. Don Darius Solo is a catholic priest from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Using a microphone for the crowd, carrying the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance and holding a prayers’ book, he leads the procession during the "Festa patronale La Candelora". A group of men carry of their shoulders a wooden sculpture of The Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus. Mary was a 1st-century BC Galilean Jewish woman of Nazareth, and the mother of Jesus, according to the New Testament. Christians believe that she conceived her son while a virgin by the Holy Spirit. The Gospel of Luke begins its account of Mary's life with the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced her divine selection to be the mother of Jesus. The Catholic Church holds distinctive Marian dogmas, namely her status as the Mother of God, her Immaculate Conception, her perpetual virginity, and her Assumption into heaven. Pregassona is quarter of the city of Lugano and a former municipality in the district of Lugano. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (République démocratique du Congo), also known as DR Congo, DRC, the former Belgian Congo, East Congo, Congo-Kinshasa or simply the Congo, is a country located in Central Africa. 4.02.2018 © 2018 Didier Ruef