For those of you who like unusual Catholic finery, processions, relics, vestments and various other traditional outfits, customs and unusual knick knacks, check out NLM’s post on the colorful processions in Malta for the start of the Pauline year. 

The picture here shows the canopy called a conopeum in use which is only granted to a church which is a basilica or minor basilica. I saw one in the Church of St Augustine in Florida in May, and mistook it for an umbrellino.
Nice. It gives the whole event a sort of Ringling Brothers Barnum Bailey feel crossed with the Swiss Guards.