Christians around the world celebrate Epiphany

Yahoo News Photo Staff

Pope Francis on Saturday advised against making the pursuit of money, a career or success the basis for one’s whole life. In his Epiphany remarks he also urged listeners to resist “inclinations toward arrogance, the thirst for power and for riches.”

In a homily during Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis said people “often make do” with having “health, a little money and a bit of entertainment.” He urged people to help the poor and others in need of assistance, giving freely without expecting anything in return.

Many Christians observe Epiphany to recall the three wise men who followed a star to find the baby Jesus. Francis suggested asking “what star we have chosen to follow in our lives.”

“Some stars may be bright, but do not point the way. So it is with success, money, career, honors and pleasures, when these become our lives,” the pope said, adding that following that path won’t ensure peace and joy. (AP)

Here’s a look at Epiphany celebrations around the world.

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<p>A man dressed as one of the Three Kings greets people during the Epiphany parade in Gijon, Spain, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Eloy Alonso/Reuters) </p>
Gijon, Spain

A man dressed as one of the Three Kings greets people during the Epiphany parade in Gijon, Spain, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Eloy Alonso/Reuters)

<p>Pope Francis kisses a statue of the Divine Infant as he arrives to celebrate an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP) </p>
The Vatican

Pope Francis kisses a statue of the Divine Infant as he arrives to celebrate an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP)

<p>Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, center, conducts a mass at the Patriarchate’s church prior to the traditional throwing of a wooden cross into the waters during the Epiphany ceremony to bless the waters at the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Emrah Gurel/AP) </p>
Istanbul, Turkey

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, center, conducts a mass at the Patriarchate’s church prior to the traditional throwing of a wooden cross into the waters during the Epiphany ceremony to bless the waters at the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Emrah Gurel/AP)

<p>People wave the Three Kings as they arrive to the old city during The Cabalgata Los Reyes Magos (Cavalcade of the three kings) the day before Epiphany, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The parade symbolizes the coming of the Magi to Bethlehem following the birth of Jesus, marked in Spain and many Latin American countries Epiphany is the day when gifts are exchanged. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP) </p>
Spain Calvalcade Three Kings

People wave the Three Kings as they arrive to the old city during The Cabalgata Los Reyes Magos (Cavalcade of the three kings) the day before Epiphany, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The parade symbolizes the coming of the Magi to Bethlehem following the birth of Jesus, marked in Spain and many Latin American countries Epiphany is the day when gifts are exchanged. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)

<p>Nicolaos Solis from Greece kisses the wooden cross which was thrown into the waters by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, during the Epiphany ceremony to bless the waters at the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Emrah Gurel/AP) </p>
Istanbul, Turkey

Nicolaos Solis from Greece kisses the wooden cross which was thrown into the waters by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, during the Epiphany ceremony to bless the waters at the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Emrah Gurel/AP)

<p>A Christmas and Epiphany service at the Saint Karapet Armenian Church, Yekaterinburg, Russia, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Donat Sorokin\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Yekaterinburg, Russia

A Christmas and Epiphany service at the Saint Karapet Armenian Church, Yekaterinburg, Russia, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Donat Sorokin\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A girl dressed up as a emissary of the Three Wise Men poses for a photo as she waits for their arrival in a helicopter to take part in the traditional Epiphany parade in Ronda, Spain, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Jon Nazca/Reuters) </p>
Ronda, Spain

A girl dressed up as a emissary of the Three Wise Men poses for a photo as she waits for their arrival in a helicopter to take part in the traditional Epiphany parade in Ronda, Spain, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Jon Nazca/Reuters)

<p>One of many decorative floats drives during the “Cabalgata de Reyes,” Epiphany parade, in Madrid, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. Parents and their children are packing city sidewalks across Spain to watch colorful parades celebrating Epiphany, the day Christians observe the visit the Three Kings made to baby Jesus and Christmas gifts are traditionally given in Spain and many Latin American countries. (Photo: Paul White/AP) </p>
Madrid, Spain

One of many decorative floats drives during the “Cabalgata de Reyes,” Epiphany parade, in Madrid, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. Parents and their children are packing city sidewalks across Spain to watch colorful parades celebrating Epiphany, the day Christians observe the visit the Three Kings made to baby Jesus and Christmas gifts are traditionally given in Spain and many Latin American countries. (Photo: Paul White/AP)

<p>Three King’s Day parade in Warsaw, Poland on Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Maciej Luczniewski/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Warsaw, Poland

Three King’s Day parade in Warsaw, Poland on Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Maciej Luczniewski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>A group of children wave the Three Kings a they arrive to the old city during The Cabalgata Los Reyes Magos (Cavalcade of the three kings) the day before Epiphany, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP) </p>
Pamplona, Spain

A group of children wave the Three Kings a they arrive to the old city during The Cabalgata Los Reyes Magos (Cavalcade of the three kings) the day before Epiphany, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)

<p>Warsaw residents taking part in 10th annual Epiphany procession in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP) </p>
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw residents taking part in 10th annual Epiphany procession in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

<p>A performer takes part in the “Cabalgata de Reyes,” Epiphany parade, in Madrid, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Paul White/AP) </p>
Madrid, Spain

A performer takes part in the “Cabalgata de Reyes,” Epiphany parade, in Madrid, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Paul White/AP)

<p>Performance artist David Antonio Lopez De La Fuente Campos, dressed as one of the Three Kings, waits for families wanting to pose for souvenir photos on the eve of the Epiphany, in the historic center of Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. In Mexico, it is customary for people to give gifts on Three Kings Day also known as the Epiphany, commemorated on Jan. 6. (Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/AP) </p>
Mexico City

Performance artist David Antonio Lopez De La Fuente Campos, dressed as one of the Three Kings, waits for families wanting to pose for souvenir photos on the eve of the Epiphany, in the historic center of Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. In Mexico, it is customary for people to give gifts on Three Kings Day also known as the Epiphany, commemorated on Jan. 6. (Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

<p>A swimmer catches the cross in the sea water after it was thrown from an Orthodox priest during an epiphany ceremony to bless the sea waters at Ayia Napa resort of the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Saturday, Jan 6, 2018. Similar ceremonies to mark Epiphany Day were held across Greece and Cyprus at the sea and dams. An Orthodox priest throws a cross into the water and the swimmers race to retrieve it first. (Photo: Petros Karadjias/AP) </p>
Cyprus

A swimmer catches the cross in the sea water after it was thrown from an Orthodox priest during an epiphany ceremony to bless the sea waters at Ayia Napa resort of the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Saturday, Jan 6, 2018. Similar ceremonies to mark Epiphany Day were held across Greece and Cyprus at the sea and dams. An Orthodox priest throws a cross into the water and the swimmers race to retrieve it first. (Photo: Petros Karadjias/AP)

<p>People role-playing as members of the royal entourage await the arrival of the Three Kings before the start of the Epiphany parade in Gijon, Spain, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Eloy Alonso/Reuters) </p>
Gijon, Spain

People role-playing as members of the royal entourage await the arrival of the Three Kings before the start of the Epiphany parade in Gijon, Spain, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Eloy Alonso/Reuters)

<p>Men dressed up as Gaspar, Balthasar and Melchior, the Three Wise Men, greet children during the traditional Epiphany parade in Malaga, southern Spain, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Jon Nazca/Reuters) </p>
Malaga, Spain

Men dressed up as Gaspar, Balthasar and Melchior, the Three Wise Men, greet children during the traditional Epiphany parade in Malaga, southern Spain, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Jon Nazca/Reuters)

<p>Jeremy Franco Avila, 2, eats Rosca de Reyes or kings’ cake, as he sits with his pregnant mother Carla Ivette Avila Hernandez, 22, in front of the tent where the family has been living since their apartment building was heavily damaged in the Sept. earthquake, in Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The cakes, along with toys, food, and other gifts, were distributed in celebration of Three Kings Day by Ayudame Hoy, a non-profit civil organization that has been assisting earthquake-displaced populations since September. In Mexico, it is customary for people to give gifts on Three Kings Day every Jan. 6, rather than Christmas Day. (Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/AP) </p>
Mexico City

Jeremy Franco Avila, 2, eats Rosca de Reyes or kings’ cake, as he sits with his pregnant mother Carla Ivette Avila Hernandez, 22, in front of the tent where the family has been living since their apartment building was heavily damaged in the Sept. earthquake, in Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The cakes, along with toys, food, and other gifts, were distributed in celebration of Three Kings Day by Ayudame Hoy, a non-profit civil organization that has been assisting earthquake-displaced populations since September. In Mexico, it is customary for people to give gifts on Three Kings Day every Jan. 6, rather than Christmas Day. (Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

<p>Participants parade during the Epiphany procession through the streets of Warsaw, Poland, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo by Pawal Supernak/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Warsaw, Poland

Participants parade during the Epiphany procession through the streets of Warsaw, Poland, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo by Pawal Supernak/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Lithuanians dressed as the Three Kings are seen at the Christmas tree at Cathedral square, during the Epiphany Day celebrations in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Mindaugas Kulbis/AP) </p>
Vilnius, Lithuania

Lithuanians dressed as the Three Kings are seen at the Christmas tree at Cathedral square, during the Epiphany Day celebrations in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Mindaugas Kulbis/AP)

<p>Angelos Filoxenidis, center, raises a cross retrieved from the sea during a water blessing ceremony marking the Epiphany celebrations in the Paleo Faliro suburb, southern Athens, Greece, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP) </p>
Athens, Greece

Angelos Filoxenidis, center, raises a cross retrieved from the sea during a water blessing ceremony marking the Epiphany celebrations in the Paleo Faliro suburb, southern Athens, Greece, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

<p>Actors representing Mary and Joseph walk in Warsaw’s annual Epiphany procession in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP) </p>
Poland Epiphany

Actors representing Mary and Joseph walk in Warsaw’s annual Epiphany procession in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

<p>A man dressed as one of the Three Wise Men kisses a child upon arriving at Poniente beach in Gijon, Spain, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Eloy Alonso/Reuters) </p>
Gijon, Spain

A man dressed as one of the Three Wise Men kisses a child upon arriving at Poniente beach in Gijon, Spain, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Eloy Alonso/Reuters)

<p>Bulgarian men dance in the waters of the Tundzha river during a celebration to commemorate Epiphany Day in the town of Kalofer, Bulgaria, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters) </p>
Kalofer, Bulgaria

Bulgarian men dance in the waters of the Tundzha river during a celebration to commemorate Epiphany Day in the town of Kalofer, Bulgaria, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

<p>A participant dressed as 89° takes part in the Palio Of The Pignarulars And Krampus as part of Epiphany celebrations on Jan. 5, 2018 in Tarcento, Italy. The Epiphany of Tarcento is dedicated to the “Pignarulars”, makers of the epiphany fires. A race of burning carts takes place in the streets of the city centre along with the march of the Krampus, who accompany San Nicola (St. Nicholas) in the traditional parade. (Photo: Stefano Mazzola/Awakening/Getty Images) </p>
Tarcento, Italy

A participant dressed as 89° takes part in the Palio Of The Pignarulars And Krampus as part of Epiphany celebrations on Jan. 5, 2018 in Tarcento, Italy. The Epiphany of Tarcento is dedicated to the “Pignarulars”, makers of the epiphany fires. A race of burning carts takes place in the streets of the city centre along with the march of the Krampus, who accompany San Nicola (St. Nicholas) in the traditional parade. (Photo: Stefano Mazzola/Awakening/Getty Images)

<p>Hundreds take part in the annual ‘Orszak Trzech Kroli’ (English: the Three Kings procession) in Krakow city center, Jan. 6, 2018. The procession, which annually marks the end of the Christmas festivities is a re-enactment of the journey of the Three Wise Men to visit the infant Jesus. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Krakow, Poland

Hundreds take part in the annual ‘Orszak Trzech Kroli’ (English: the Three Kings procession) in Krakow city center, Jan. 6, 2018. The procession, which annually marks the end of the Christmas festivities is a re-enactment of the journey of the Three Wise Men to visit the infant Jesus. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>A group of Polish cold water swimmers, the so-called ‘Walruses’, swim in the lake of Glebokie during the ‘Three Kings Swimming’ on the occasion of the Epiphany, in Szczecin, Poland, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: MARCIN BIELECKI/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Szczecin, Poland

A group of Polish cold water swimmers, the so-called ‘Walruses’, swim in the lake of Glebokie during the ‘Three Kings Swimming’ on the occasion of the Epiphany, in Szczecin, Poland, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: MARCIN BIELECKI/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Epiphany procession in Warsawa, Warsaw, Poland, Participants parade during the Epiphany procession through the streets of Warsaw, Poland, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo by Pawal Supernak/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Warsaw, Poland

Epiphany procession in Warsawa, Warsaw, Poland, Participants parade during the Epiphany procession through the streets of Warsaw, Poland, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo by Pawal Supernak/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Impersonators of the Three Magi (or Three Wise Men), Caspar, Melchior and Baltasar, on horseback during the ‘Ride of Three Magi’ for the feast of Epiphany in Florence, Italy, Jan. 6,2018. (Photo: Maurizio Degl Innocenti/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Florence, Italy

Impersonators of the Three Magi (or Three Wise Men), Caspar, Melchior and Baltasar, on horseback during the ‘Ride of Three Magi’ for the feast of Epiphany in Florence, Italy, Jan. 6,2018. (Photo: Maurizio Degl Innocenti/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>The Three Wise Men Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar greet children and their parents prior to the Twelfth Night procession in Valencia, Spain, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Juan Carlos Cardenas/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Valencia, Spain

The Three Wise Men Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar greet children and their parents prior to the Twelfth Night procession in Valencia, Spain, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Juan Carlos Cardenas/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Fireworks explode over Madrid’s Town Hall as the Three Wise Men Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar arrive at the Twelfth Night procession in Madrid, Spain, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Mariscal/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Madrid, Spain

Fireworks explode over Madrid’s Town Hall as the Three Wise Men Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar arrive at the Twelfth Night procession in Madrid, Spain, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Mariscal/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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