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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 the funerary rites for John McCain, the Pope’s visit to Ireland and more.

A Boeing C-32 carrying the casket of Sen. John McCain takes off as members from the Arizona Army and Air National Guard stand on the tarmac to pay respects on Aug. 30, 2018, in Phoenix. McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday before a memorial service at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday. He will be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Three women known as Las Mondidas (back right) take part in a pilgrimage in honor of Saint Bartholomew as a devotee carries a big flag in the small village of Sarnago, Spain, on Aug. 26, 2018. Las Mondidas is one of the oldest traditions in Spain, performed in hopes of a good harvest. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Hindu Indian students of the Swaminarayan Gurukul Vishwavidya Pratishthanam school change the sacred threads they wear across their bodies as they perform an annual ritual that coincides with the Raksha Bandhan festival in Ahmedabad, India, on Aug. 26, 2018. Raksha Bandhan celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

A visitor prays by the tomb of Saint Teresa at Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by the Nobel Peace Prize winner, on her birth anniversary in Kolkata, India, on Aug. 26, 2018. Mother Teresa, born on Aug. 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, spent 45 years serving the poor, the sick, the orphaned and the dying. Pope Francis conferred her sainthood on Sept. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Couples from around the world attend a mass wedding at the Cheongshim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea, on Aug. 27, 2018. South Korean and foreign couples exchanged or reaffirmed marriage vows in the Unification Church’s mass wedding arranged by Hak Ja Han Moon, wife of the late Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the Unification Church. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

College students perform a play about Lord Shiva during the Dahi Handi festival in Mumbai, India, on Aug. 30, 2018. The festival celebrates the birth of Hindu god Krishna. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, lays her head on his casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol building on Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

Shiite Muslim worshippers gather inside the shrine of Imam Abbas to mark Eid al-Ghadeer in Karbala, about 50 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Aug. 30, 2018. Eid al-Ghadeer is the day that Shiite Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad designated Imam Ali, his son-in-law, as his successor. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Pope Francis speaks at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, on Aug. 25, 2018, during the 2018 World Meeting of Families. (Maxwell Photography/WMOF2018)

Local resident watch the memorial service on a big screen TV down the street from the Greater Grace Temple where the funeral for legendary singer Aretha Franklin took place in Detroit on Aug. 31, 2018. Franklin died Aug. 16 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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  • Gotta love that mass wedding. Is there some good reason why we don’t do those on some scale four times a year in every USA county so that people can save money and stress?