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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 Rosh Hashanah, Ganesh Chaturthi, Muharram and more.

An idol of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha is wrapped in a red cloth as it is transported on a vehicle for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Ahmadabad, India, on Sept. 13, 2018. The 10-day-long festival celebrating the birth of Ganesha began Sept. 13. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Ultra-orthodox Jewish men pray ahead of their new year, Rosh Hashanah, at the Western Wall, the holiest Jewish site in Jerusalem’s Old City, on Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

People take pictures of the annual Virgin of Charity procession in Havana on Sept. 8, 2018. Cuba’s patron saint is also recognized as a powerful deity in the African-influenced religion of Santeria, which refers to her as “Ochun.” (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

Shiite Muslim women on their way to attend a Muharram procession in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Sept. 13, 2018. Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is a period of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

A woman kisses an icon as Orthodox Christian pilgrims pause in a children’s playground in Bucharest, Romania, on Sept. 13, 2018. Romanian Orthodox worshippers marched through the Romanian capital on the eve of the Feast of the Cross, a celebration of the cross used to crucify Jesus. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

The Rev. Steven Reece, left, an ordained Southern Baptist minister who lives near Atlanta, cleans an old Jewish cemetery with other volunteers in Rohatyn, the site of a Jewish Heritage project, close to Lviv, Ukraine, on Aug. 29, 2018. For years now, Reece has been cleaning Jewish cemeteries and erecting memorial plaques at mass grave sites in Poland, and more recently Ukraine. (AP Photo/Yevheniy Kravs)

A visitor to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., pays his respects at the Wall of Names after a service of remembrance on Sept. 11, 2018, as the nation marks the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The Wall of Names honors the 40 people killed in the crash of Flight 93. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Indian Muslims shout slogans during a protest against the Chinese government, in Mumbai, India, on Sept. 14, 2018. Nearly 150 Indian Muslims held a street protest in India’s financial capital, demanding that China stop detaining thousands of minority Uighur Muslims in detention and political indoctrination centers in the Xinjiang region. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, right, and other members of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church pray before a meeting in Moscow on Sept. 14, 2018. The meeting of the Russian Orthodox Church’s top hierarchs mulled a response to a decision by Orthodox Christianity’s leading body to send two envoys to Ukraine. (Sergey Vlasov/Russian Orthodox Church Press Service via AP)

Devotees transport an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha to a place of worship for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Hyderabad, India, on Sept. 13, 2018. The 10-day long Ganesh festival began Thursday and ends with the immersion of Ganesha idols in water bodies on the final day. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Alianza Lima club soccer fans, left, fight with members of an evangelical church, in yellow helmets, outside the soccer club’s stadium in Lima, Peru, on Sept. 10, 2018. The two groups clashed outside the stadium over who has the right to use the area surrounding the sports venue after the religious group arrived early in the morning and started removing the team’s logos from the parking area. (Norman Cordova/Andina News Agency via AP)

Official seal notices are placed on the backdoor entrance of the Zion church after it was shut down by authorities in Beijing on Sept. 11, 2018. China is rolling out new rules on religious activity on the internet amid an ongoing crackdown on churches, mosques and other institutions by the officially atheist Communist Party. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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