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The Pope may have his mind this week on “higher” matters like love and sex and divorce, but in the streets near the Vatican the concerns are rather less lofty: religious kitsch. Where does all this march come from? Well, it turns out there’s something called The World Fair for Church Supplies, Liturgical and Ecclesiastical Art. It is where religious paraphernalia is bought and sold, taking place every two years in Vicenza, Italy – a key event in a religious goods industry estimated to be worth $5.2 billion. The fair was a photo opportunity too good to miss for Louis De Belle who immediately booked a flight and found “a ‘counter–reality’ made of bored salesmen, busy nuns and misplaced items. His resultant photo series, “Besides Faith,” ‘invites the viewer to take a look at this picturesque happening by detaching for a moment all of its paraphernalia from the notion of faith.’

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