Photos of the Week

Filipino Roman Catholic devotees prepare to pull the image of the Black Nazarene during a raucous procession to celebrate its feast day Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Manila, Philippines. A massive crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics joined the annual procession of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ under tight security. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious practice around the world. This week includes images from Black Nazarene celebrations in the Philippines, church bombings in Chile, LDS funeral activities in Utah, and more.

Filipino Roman Catholic during a raucous procession to celebrate the feast day of the Black Nazarene on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Manila, Philippines. A massive crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics joined the annual procession of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ under tight security. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Nicolaos Solis from Greece holds up the wooden cross which was thrown into the waters by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, during the Epiphany ceremony to bless the waters at the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

A group of Muslim women hold posters during a rally outside the Facebook office in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, organized by the Islamic Defenders Front, known by its Indonesian acronym FPI. Some Muslims have staged protests against the social media giant Facebook in Indonesia’s capital over its alleged ban on multiple pages and accounts related to their group. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Visitors pay respects to former Mormon leader Thomas S. Monson during an open casket viewing at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, UT, on Jan. 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

A church employee surveys the damage caused by an overnight fire bomb attack at the Emmanuel Catholic Church, in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Three churches were attacked with fire bombs in Santiago overnight, dropping leaflets at the scene which protest the upcoming visit of Pope Francis. Nobody was injured or arrested. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Ryland Ward, who was shot during a Nov. 5 church shooting, looks out the passenger window as he passes a memorial of crosses as he returns home after his release from the hospital while riding in the cab of a firetruck, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Ward, 6, was shot several times and was the last victim still hospitalized following the church massacre in South Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

In this image taken from video shot Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, by China Aid and provided to the Associated Press, people watch the demolition of the Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen in northern China’s Shanxi province. Witnesses and overseas activists say paramilitary troops known as the People’s Armed Police used excavators and dynamite on Tuesday to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church, a Christian megachurch that clashed with the government. (China Aid via AP)

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot during clashes following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

Fog shrouds the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. The federal holiday to commemorate Rev. King’s birthday is observed Monday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A technician lower himself on ropes as he inspects the 15th Century Brunelleschi’s dome of Florence’s Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, during a scheduled monitoring program on Jan. 11, 2018. (Claudio Giovannini/Opera del Duomo press office via AP)

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  • I wonder if the 15th Century Catholic Moral Theology students felt any embarrassment when they looked at these large paintings of nudes in compromising positions, not only here in Florence, but elsewhere in Italy and Europe? Pornographic by any standards.

  • What is “Great”? The end never justify the means. Read the Roman Catholic Moral Theology of the Sixth Commandment that has been expounded over the past nineteen hundred years.

  • The Catholic Church has hated and persecuted Jews until Vatican II. I don’t think I need to look at Catholic Moral Theology as it had no problem with murdering & persecuting Jews or locking them into ghettos or forced conversions and then torture and death in the inquisition.

  • Usually, nudity in the visual arts-painting, TV, photography-is pornographic. Taking pictures of my naked infant is not pornography, nor is a physician taping his operation on a naked person pornography.