A human skull wearing sun glasses and flowers is displayed outside the General Cemetery chapel during the Natitas Festival in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. Every year, hundreds of Bolivians carry human skulls adorned with flowers to a cemetery in La Paz, asking for money, health, and other favors as part of a festival. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Photos of the Week: 11/03 – 11/09

(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious practice around the world. This week's includes images from the Natitas Festival in Bolivia; First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas; the end of a 40-day mourning period for a Shiite saint in Pakistan; the Muslim festival of Arbaeen in Iraq; Day of the Dead celebrations in Guatemala — and more.

A human skull wearing sun glasses and flowers is displayed outside the General Cemetery chapel during the Natitas Festival in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. Every year, hundreds of Bolivians carry human skulls adorned with flowers to a cemetery in La Paz, asking for money, health, and other favors as part of a festival. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)


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Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt Jr. walks past the front doors where bullet holes were marked by police at the First Baptist Church, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man opened fire inside the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing more than two dozen and injuring others. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


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Philippine Coast Guard PO2 Dexter Bautista, whose armed unit was deployed in Marawi in southern Philippines to augment government troops in its fight against Muslim militants, is welcomed with a kiss from his son Jan Dexter, 4, upon disembarking from the coast guard ship BRP Pampanga at Manila's South Harbor Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Government forces began pulling out of the besieged city of Marawi following its liberation from the militants who laid siege to the city for five months. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)


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An Indian woman prays by a grave on All Souls' Day in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The day honors the dead as friends and families gather in cemeteries to decorate graves of loved ones with candles and flowers and offer prayers. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)


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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)


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Hindu devotees light lamps during a prayer ceremony dedicated to India's holy river Ganges on Dev Deepawali in Varanasi, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. All the ghats, or steps leading to the river, of the Ganges are decorated with thousands of brightly lit earthen lamps on this day. Visitors throng in large numbers to watch the spectacular event. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)


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Pakistani Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves with knives on chains during a procession to mark the end of the forty day mourning period following the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson and one of Shiite Islam's most beloved saints, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)


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Kakchiquel Maya girls's attention is captured by content on a cell phone while standing in front of a tomb adorned with a fresco depicting the Virgin of Guadalupe, during Day of the Dead celebrations in Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. Residents of this Kakchiquel town under the slopes of the Volcan de Agua celebrate Day of the Dead visiting the local cemetery and decorating the tombs with flowers. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)


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Shiite Muslim worshippers gather in front of the holy shrine of Imam Hussein, in the background, during the Muslim festival of Arbaeen in Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 9 , 2017. The holiday marks the end of the forty day mourning period after the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)


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Roman Catholic Archbishop Socrates Villegas, center, leads the prayer and procession of civil society groups during a rally, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. A candle-lighting ceremony was also held at the People Power monument as they launch a 33-day period of church activities for the "healing of our bleeding nation and for the peace of the souls of all those killed." (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)


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