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(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes images from Bolivia, Russia, India and more.

Orthodox nuns participate in a ceremony in Moscow on July 28, 2018, marking the 1,030th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by Prince Vladimir, the leader of Kievan Rus, a loose federation of Slavic tribes that preceded the Russian state. Speaking to a crowd of thousands of clergy and believers near the Kremlin, President Vladimir Putin said adopting Christianity was “the starting point for the formation and development of Russian statehood, the true spiritual birth of our ancestors, the determination of their identity.” (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)


Muslim women stand in a line to check if their names are included in the National Register of Citizens at a draft center in the Indian village of Bur Gaon on July 30, 2018. India released a final draft of a list of citizens in the northeastern state of Assam, leaving some 4 million people on edge to prove their Indian nationality. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)


Kanwariyas, worshippers of the Hindu god Shiva, sleep as they wait for their train before a ritual pilgrimage at a railway station in Allahabad, India, on July 29, 2018. During the pilgrimage, Kanwariyas walk the roads of India clad in saffron clothing, carrying ornately decorated canisters of the sacred water of the Ganges River over their shoulders. They take the water back to temples in their hometowns during the Hindu lunar month of Shravana. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)


A firefighter cools off crowds waiting for Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)


More than 15,000 people marched in the Gay Pride Parade through Jerusalem on Aug. 2, 2018, partying in the shadow of a recently passed surrogacy law that excludes gay fathers and outraged the LGBT community. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)


Dead young llamas are burned as an offering to the Pachamama, or Mother Earth, on La Cumbre, a mountain considered sacred on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, on Aug. 1, 2018. According to lore, the Pachamama awakens hungry and thirsty every August after the dry season. To satiate her, devotees toss offerings including fruit, coca, sweets and dead llama into a bonfire. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)


A Buddhist monk votes at a polling station in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on July 29, 2018. With the main opposition silenced, Cambodians were voting in an election that was virtually certain to return to office Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodian People’s Party, which has been in power for more than three decades. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)


At a church in the village of Mati, east of Athens, Greece, on July 29, 2018, hundreds of Orthodox worshippers attend a memorial service for the victims of a forest fire that has claimed the lives of dozens and devastated the seaside resort. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)


Protestors are seen through a banner showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they speak out against the Israel Jewish nation-state bill, in Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 30, 2018. Last week, the Knesset approved a controversial piece of legislation that defines the country as “the national home of the Jewish people.” Rights groups have criticized the legislation, warning that it will sideline minorities, including the country’s Arab community. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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  • Thanks, always, for the photos. The all-over-the-map subject matter is important for balanced perspective.

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