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People walk in the crowd of some 40,000 in an Epiphany procession pageant in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Epiphany, the 12th night of Christmas, marks the day the three wise men visited Christ.  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Epiphany celebrations (all times local):

7 p.m.

Organizers say that hundreds of thousands of people have participated in colorful Epiphany processions in more than 700 locations across predominantly Catholic Poland.

Around 40,000 people of all ages, wearing paper crowns, walked in the procession in downtown Warsaw that included actors richly dressed as the three wise men, and a paper dragon.

Epiphany Procession Foundation spokeswoman Jolanta Stachacz, said Sunday that around 1.2 million people participated across the country.

The procession was canceled in the northern city of Koszalin in a sign of mourning for five teenage girls who died Friday in a fire at an escape room entertainment location.

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1:10 p.m.

Dozens of Orthodox men dove into Istanbul's cold waters to retrieve a cross to mark the baptism of Jesus Christ.

On Sunday, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I led worshippers in the Epiphany, throwing a blessed wooden cross into the Golden Horn inlet.

Michalis Voznakidis from Greece took the cross and the men kissed it before coming ashore. He said "we are here for everyone, for our religion."

The ceremony took place after Bartholomew granted independence to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, in a historic move that has angered Russia.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Metropolitan Epiphanius I of the new church joined the Epiphany in Istanbul.

The Patriarchate in Istanbul is considered the heart of the Orthodox world and dates back to the Byzantine Empire, which collapsed when the Muslim Ottomans conquered the city in 1453.

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12:10 p.m.

Pope Francis has marked the Epiphany feast day by urging people to follow the path of "humble love" and care for those who can give nothing back.

For the Catholic Church, Jan. 6 recalls the journey of the three Magi, also known as kings or wise men, to find Jesus in a humble abode in Bethlehem.

In his homily in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday, Francis encouraged getting up "from our sedentary lives" to care for those who are suffering or vulnerable and "those left behind."

Since becoming pontiff in 2013, Francis has stressed helping those on the margins of society, including the homeless, migrants and the poor.

Francis described as "precious in the eyes of God" mercy shown to those "who have nothing to give back."

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10 a.m.

Thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers have plunged into icy rivers and lakes across Bulgaria to recover crucifixes cast by priests in ceremonies commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ.

Tradition holds that the person who retrieves the wooden cross will be freed from evil spirits and will be healthy throughout the year. After the cross is fished out, the priest sprinkles believers with water using a bunch of basil.

Epiphany is held every year on Jan. 6 and marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas.

In the central mountain city of Kalofer, dozens of men dressed in white embroidered shirts waded into the Tundzha River waving national flags and singing folk songs Sunday. They danced for nearly half an hour, up to their waists in the freezing water, pushing away ice chunks.

People walk in the crowd of some 40,000 in an Epiphany procession pageant in the crowd of some 40,000 in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Epiphany, the 12th night of Christmas, marks the day the three wise men visited Christ.  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center left, and Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church bless men during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on Sunday presented a decree of independence to the head of the nascent Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally severing it from the Russian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A swimmer holds up the cross after it was thrown from an Orthodox priest into the water, during an epiphany ceremony to bless the sea at Famagousta or Varosia beach in the Turkish Cypriots breakaway north part of the eastern Mediterranean divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. Many Orthodox Christian faithful attended the Epiphany Day blessing of the waters in Famagusta in Cyprus', the fourth time the ceremony has taken place since 1974 when the small island nation was cleaved along ethnic lines. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center left, blesses men during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on Sunday presented a decree of independence to the head of the nascent Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally severing it from the Russian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center, throws a cross during a water blessing ceremony marking the Epiphany celebrations after presenting the
A swimmer kisses the cross after it was thrown from an Orthodox priest into the water, during an epiphany ceremony to bless the sea at Famagousta or Varosia beach in the abandoned city in the Turkish Cypriots breakaway north part of the eastern Mediterranean divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. Many Orthodox Christian faithful attended the Epiphany Day blessing of the waters in Famagusta in Cyprus', the fourth time the ceremony has taken place since 1974 when the small island nation was cleaved along ethnic lines. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A swimmer holds up the cross after it was thrown from an Orthodox priest into the water, during an epiphany ceremony to bless the sea at Famagousta or Varosia beach in the Turkish Cypriots breakaway north part of the eastern Mediterranean divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. Many Orthodox Christian faithful attended the Epiphany Day blessing of the waters in Famagusta in Cyprus', the fourth time the ceremony has taken place since 1974 when the small island nation was cleaved along ethnic lines. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Bulgarians sing and chaindance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river in Kalofer, Bulgaria, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Traditionally, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a wooden cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year. In the mountain city of Kalofer, in central Bulgaria, dozens of men dressed in white embroidered shirts waded into the frigid Tundzha River waving national flags and singing folk songs. (AP Photo)
Pope Francis incenses the altar as he celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Bulgarians sing and dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river in Kalofer, Bulgaria, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Traditionally, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a wooden cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year. In the mountain city of Kalofer, in central Bulgaria, dozens of men dressed in white embroidered shirts waded into the frigid Tundzha River waving national flags and singing folk songs. (AP Photo)
Bulgarians play bagpipes and sing in the icy waters of the Tundzha river in Kalofer, Bulgaria, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Traditionally, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a wooden cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year. In the mountain city of Kalofer, in central Bulgaria, dozens of men dressed in white embroidered shirts waded into the frigid Tundzha River waving national flags and singing folk songs. (AP Photo)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
A Swiss Guard stands on attention as Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican,  Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (Fabio Frustaci/ANSA via AP)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis arrives to celebrate an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. ope Francis has appealed to European leaders to show concrete solidarity to 49 migrants stranded aboard a pair of rescue vessels. Francis, addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, noted that the migrants, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, have been waiting for days for permission for a safe port to let them disembark. The crowd applauded his words. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis delivers his speech as he celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis adjusts his skull cap as he celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center left, and Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church bless men during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on Sunday presented a decree of independence to the head of the nascent Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally severing it from the Russian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Greek Orthodox faithful Michalis Vosnauidis, top, a pilgrim from Thessaloniki, Greece, retrieves a wooden crucifix as he swims in the Golden Horn during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center, throws a cross during a water blessing ceremony marking the Epiphany celebrations after presenting the
In this photo taken with slow shutter speed Pope Francis leaves after celebrating an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Pope Francis has appealed to European leaders to show “concrete solidarity” to 49 migrants stranded aboard a pair of rescue vessels. Francis, addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, noted that the migrants, rescued in the Mediterranean.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center left, blesses men during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center left, blesses men during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A swimmer holds the cross after it was thrown from an Orthodox priest into the water, during an epiphany ceremony to bless the sea waters at Famagousta or Varosia beach in the abandoned city in the Turkish Cypriots breakaway north part of the eastern Mediterranean divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. Many Orthodox Christian faithful attended the Epiphany Day blessing of the waters in Famagusta in Cyprus', the fourth time the ceremony has taken place since 1974 when the small island nation was cleaved along ethnic lines. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Pope Francis is framed by one of Bernini's fountains that adorn St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis is framed by people dressed in traditional Epiphany costumes as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican,, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis is framed by people dressed in traditional Epiphany costumes as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican,, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis is framed by a statue as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican,, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center left, blesses men during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center left, blesses men during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
In this photo taken with slow shutter speed Pope Francis leaves after celebrating an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Pope Francis has appealed to European leaders to show “concrete solidarity” to 49 migrants stranded aboard a pair of rescue vessels. Francis, addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, noted that the migrants, rescued in the Mediterranean.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
In this photo taken with slow shutter speed Pope Francis leaves after celebrating an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Pope Francis has appealed to European leaders to show “concrete solidarity” to 49 migrants stranded aboard a pair of rescue vessels. Francis, addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, noted that the migrants, rescued in the Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis is framed by people dressed in traditional Epiphany costumes as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican,, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis is framed by people dressed in traditional Epiphany costumes as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican,, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. ope Francis has appealed to European leaders to show concrete solidarity to 49 migrants stranded aboard a pair of rescue vessels. Francis, addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, noted that the migrants, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, have been waiting for days for permission for a safe port to let them disembark. The crowd applauded his words. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. ope Francis has appealed to European leaders to show concrete solidarity to 49 migrants stranded aboard a pair of rescue vessels. Francis, addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, noted that the migrants, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, have been waiting for days for permission for a safe port to let them disembark. The crowd applauded his words. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis is framed by people dressed in traditional Epiphany costumes as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican,, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis is framed by people dressed in traditional Epiphany costumes as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican,, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center left, blesses men during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center left, blesses men during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center left, blesses men during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on Sunday presented a decree of independence to the head of the nascent Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally severing it from the Russian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center left, blesses men during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on Sunday presented a decree of independence to the head of the nascent Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally severing it from the Russian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis is framed by a statue as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican,, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis is framed by a statue as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican,, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Bulgarians sing and dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river in Kalofer, Bulgaria, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Traditionally, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a wooden cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year. In the mountain city of Kalofer, in central Bulgaria, dozens of men dressed in white embroidered shirts waded into the frigid Tundzha River waving national flags and singing folk songs. (AP Photo)
Bulgarians sing and dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river in Kalofer, Bulgaria, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Traditionally, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a wooden cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year. In the mountain city of Kalofer, in central Bulgaria, dozens of men dressed in white embroidered shirts waded into the frigid Tundzha River waving national flags and singing folk songs. (AP Photo)
Pope Francis arrives to celebrate an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis arrives to celebrate an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
A swimmer holds up the cross after it was thrown from an Orthodox priest into the water, during an epiphany ceremony to bless the sea at Famagousta or Varosia beach in the Turkish Cypriots breakaway north part of the eastern Mediterranean divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. Many Orthodox Christian faithful attended the Epiphany Day blessing of the waters in Famagusta in Cyprus', the fourth time the ceremony has taken place since 1974 when the small island nation was cleaved along ethnic lines. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A swimmer holds up the cross after it was thrown from an Orthodox priest into the water, during an epiphany ceremony to bless the sea at Famagousta or Varosia beach in the Turkish Cypriots breakaway north part of the eastern Mediterranean divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. Many Orthodox Christian faithful attended the Epiphany Day blessing of the waters in Famagusta in Cyprus', the fourth time the ceremony has taken place since 1974 when the small island nation was cleaved along ethnic lines. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A swimmer holds up the cross after it was thrown from an Orthodox priest into the water, during an epiphany ceremony to bless the sea at Famagousta or Varosia beach in the Turkish Cypriots breakaway north part of the eastern Mediterranean divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. Many Orthodox Christian faithful attended the Epiphany Day blessing of the waters in Famagusta in Cyprus', the fourth time the ceremony has taken place since 1974 when the small island nation was cleaved along ethnic lines. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A swimmer holds up the cross after it was thrown from an Orthodox priest into the water, during an epiphany ceremony to bless the sea at Famagousta or Varosia beach in the Turkish Cypriots breakaway north part of the eastern Mediterranean divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. Many Orthodox Christian faithful attended the Epiphany Day blessing of the waters in Famagusta in Cyprus', the fourth time the ceremony has taken place since 1974 when the small island nation was cleaved along ethnic lines. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A swimmer holds the cross after it was thrown from an Orthodox priest into the water, during an epiphany ceremony to bless the sea waters at Famagousta or Varosia beach in the abandoned city in the Turkish Cypriots breakaway north part of the eastern Mediterranean divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. Many Orthodox Christian faithful attended the Epiphany Day blessing of the waters in Famagusta in Cyprus', the fourth time the ceremony has taken place since 1974 when the small island nation was cleaved along ethnic lines. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A swimmer holds the cross after it was thrown from an Orthodox priest into the water, during an epiphany ceremony to bless the sea waters at Famagousta or Varosia beach in the abandoned city in the Turkish Cypriots breakaway north part of the eastern Mediterranean divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. Many Orthodox Christian faithful attended the Epiphany Day blessing of the waters in Famagusta in Cyprus', the fourth time the ceremony has taken place since 1974 when the small island nation was cleaved along ethnic lines. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center, throws a cross during a water blessing ceremony marking the Epiphany celebrations after presenting the
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center, throws a cross during a water blessing ceremony marking the Epiphany celebrations after presenting the "Tomos," a scroll containing the decree, in a symbolic ceremony sanctifying the Ukrainian church's independence from the Russian Orthodox Church to Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, center right, near the Patriarchal Church of St. George as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, third left, and his wife Maryna, second left, attend an Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.The decision to split from the Moscow Patriarchate after more than three centuries of ties has angered Russia. The move comes as fighting continues in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russia-backed rebels and it forces clergy and believers to choose between Moscow-backed churches and the new one. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A swimmer kisses the cross after it was thrown from an Orthodox priest into the water, during an epiphany ceremony to bless the sea at Famagousta or Varosia beach in the abandoned city in the Turkish Cypriots breakaway north part of the eastern Mediterranean divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. Many Orthodox Christian faithful attended the Epiphany Day blessing of the waters in Famagusta in Cyprus', the fourth time the ceremony has taken place since 1974 when the small island nation was cleaved along ethnic lines. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A swimmer kisses the cross after it was thrown from an Orthodox priest into the water, during an epiphany ceremony to bless the sea at Famagousta or Varosia beach in the abandoned city in the Turkish Cypriots breakaway north part of the eastern Mediterranean divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. Many Orthodox Christian faithful attended the Epiphany Day blessing of the waters in Famagusta in Cyprus', the fourth time the ceremony has taken place since 1974 when the small island nation was cleaved along ethnic lines. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
People walk in the crowd of some 40,000 in an Epiphany procession pageant in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Epiphany, the 12th night of Christmas, marks the day the three wise men visited Christ.  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
People walk in the crowd of some 40,000 in an Epiphany procession pageant in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Epiphany, the 12th night of Christmas, marks the day the three wise men visited Christ. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Pope Francis delivers his speech as he celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis delivers his speech as he celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center left, and Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church bless men during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on Sunday presented a decree of independence to the head of the nascent Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally severing it from the Russian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center left, and Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church bless men during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on Sunday presented a decree of independence to the head of the nascent Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally severing it from the Russian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center, throws a cross during a water blessing ceremony marking the Epiphany celebrations after presenting the
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center, throws a cross during a water blessing ceremony marking the Epiphany celebrations after presenting the "Tomos," a scroll containing the decree, in a symbolic ceremony sanctifying the Ukrainian church's independence from the Russian Orthodox Church to Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, center right, near the Patriarchal Church of St. George as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, third left, and his wife Maryna, second left, attend an Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.The decision to split from the Moscow Patriarchate after more than three centuries of ties has angered Russia. The move comes as fighting continues in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russia-backed rebels and it forces clergy and believers to choose between Moscow-backed churches and the new one. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Bulgarians play bagpipes and sing in the icy waters of the Tundzha river in Kalofer, Bulgaria, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Traditionally, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a wooden cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year. In the mountain city of Kalofer, in central Bulgaria, dozens of men dressed in white embroidered shirts waded into the frigid Tundzha River waving national flags and singing folk songs. (AP Photo)
Bulgarians play bagpipes and sing in the icy waters of the Tundzha river in Kalofer, Bulgaria, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Traditionally, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a wooden cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year. In the mountain city of Kalofer, in central Bulgaria, dozens of men dressed in white embroidered shirts waded into the frigid Tundzha River waving national flags and singing folk songs. (AP Photo)
Greek Orthodox faithful Michalis Vosnauidis, top, a pilgrim from Thessaloniki, Greece, retrieves a wooden crucifix as he swims in the Golden Horn during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Greek Orthodox faithful Michalis Vosnauidis, top, a pilgrim from Thessaloniki, Greece, retrieves a wooden crucifix as he swims in the Golden Horn during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Bulgarians sing and chaindance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river in Kalofer, Bulgaria, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Traditionally, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a wooden cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year. In the mountain city of Kalofer, in central Bulgaria, dozens of men dressed in white embroidered shirts waded into the frigid Tundzha River waving national flags and singing folk songs. (AP Photo)
Bulgarians sing and chaindance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river in Kalofer, Bulgaria, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Traditionally, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a wooden cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year. In the mountain city of Kalofer, in central Bulgaria, dozens of men dressed in white embroidered shirts waded into the frigid Tundzha River waving national flags and singing folk songs. (AP Photo)
A Swiss Guard stands on attention as Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican,  Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (Fabio Frustaci/ANSA via AP)
A Swiss Guard stands on attention as Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (Fabio Frustaci/ANSA via AP)
Pope Francis adjusts his skull cap as he celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis adjusts his skull cap as he celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis incenses the altar as he celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis incenses the altar as he celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
People walk in the crowd of some 40,000 in an Epiphany procession pageant in the crowd of some 40,000 in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Epiphany, the 12th night of Christmas, marks the day the three wise men visited Christ.  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
People walk in the crowd of some 40,000 in an Epiphany procession pageant in the crowd of some 40,000 in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Epiphany, the 12th night of Christmas, marks the day the three wise men visited Christ. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis is framed by one of Bernini's fountains that adorn St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis is framed by one of Bernini's fountains that adorn St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center left, and Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church bless men during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on Sunday presented a decree of independence to the head of the nascent Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally severing it from the Russian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center left, and Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church bless men during the Epiphany ceremony in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on Sunday presented a decree of independence to the head of the nascent Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally severing it from the Russian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)