News Photos of the Week

Photos of the Week

Young Nepalese girls sit in chairs as they wait during the selection of a new living goddess, locally known as "Kumari", outside a Hindu temple in Patan, Lalitpur, Nepal, on Feb. 5, 2018. Five-year-old Nihira Bajracharya, second from right, was appointed the new "Kumari." Nepal's living goddesses are young pre-pubescent girls considered by devotees to be incarnations of a Hindu goddess. Selected as toddlers, living goddesses usually keep their positions until they reach puberty. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious practice around the world. This week’s gallery includes images from Yemen, Israel, Indonesia, the Vatican and more.

Young Nepalese girls sit in chairs as they wait during the selection of a new living goddess, locally known as “Kumari”, outside a Hindu temple in Patan, Lalitpur, Nepal, on Feb. 5, 2018. Five-year-old Nihira Bajracharya, second from right, was appointed the new “Kumari.” Nepal’s living goddesses are young pre-pubescent girls considered by devotees to be incarnations of a Hindu goddess. Selected as pre-schoolers, living goddesses usually keep their positions until they reach puberty. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

President Donald Trump closes his eyes in prayer during the National Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

African migrants hold signs during a protest in front of the Rwandan embassy in Herzeliya, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. African asylum seekers are protesting an Israeli plan to deport them. Israel says thousands of migrants have 60 days to accept an offer to leave the country for an unnamed African destination — known to be Rwanda — in exchange for $3,500 and a plane ticket. Those who don’t by April 1 will be incarcerated indefinitely. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Latarsha Sander, 43, is arraigned in Brockton, Mass., District Court on two counts of murder, on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, with her defense attorney Joseph Krowski, Jr. A prosecutor says the Massachusetts woman who stabbed her two young children to death did so as part of a “ritual.” Authorities say Sanders told police she attacked her 8-year-old son with a kitchen knife as part of a Voodoo ritual but failed, and so she attacked her 5-year-old son. (Marc Vasconcellos /The Enterprise via AP, Pool)

A worker arranges large candles for sale in preparation for the Lunar New Year in Tangerang, Indonesia, on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. Ethnic Chinese communities in the world’s most populous Muslim country are preparing to celebrate the start of the Year of the Dog. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles holds his daughter, Lily, after beating the New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. Foles, who was named the Super Bowl MVP, is currently an online graduate student at Liberty University, earning his master’s degree in divinity. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

A Yemeni militiaman stands atop a limestone column at the Awwam Temple, also known as the Mahram Bilqis, in Marib, Yemen, on Feb. 3, 2018. Experts fear the temple, as well as other historic and cultural wonders across Yemen beyond those acknowledged by international authorities, remain at risk as the country’s stalemated Saudi-led war against Shiite rebels rages on. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

Pope Francis walks to his studio at the Vatican on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. Pope Francis received a victim’s letter in 2015 that graphically detailed how a priest sexually abused him and how other Chilean clergy ignored it, contradicting the pope’s recent insistence that no victims had come forward to denounce the cover-up, the letter’s author and members of Francis’ own sex- abuse commission have told The Associated Press. (Alessandro Di Meo/Pool photo via AP)

Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan delivers a speech during a French Muslim organizations meeting in Lille, northern France, in Feb. 2016. A French judge decided to keep Ramadan in detention, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, four days after he was charged with two alleged cases of rape by women who sought his counsel. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

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