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Pastor David Shrimpton, 57, known as the "flying padre" puts on a protective face mask with his Santa Claus costume before speaking to young students about Christmas at School of the Air in Broken Hill, Australia, December 8, 2021. Since 2003 Shrimpton has been flying to some of Australia's most isolated communities to talk and listen to a scattered flock. That largely stopped last year when Australia introduced some of the world's strictest COVID-19 restrictions. Now, Shrimpton is taking to the skies again.  "It will be great to go out again and reconnect with these folk, reconnect with the kids and be part of their school life once again, reconnect with the adults who are living remotely and, let them know that they're not forgotten," he told Reuters. REUTERS/Loren Elliott        SEARCH "ELLIOTT FLYING PASTOR" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.   TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

As the holiday season approaches the rapid spread of Omicron is ushering in new COVID-19 restrictions. Image: REUTERS/Loren Elliott

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