News Photos of the Week

Photos of the Week

(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes images of Spanish Castellers, Pchum Ben in Cambodia and more.

Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, center, welcomes relics of the Saint Spyridon, Bishop of Trimythous from Corfu, Greece, during a service at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow on Sept. 21, 2018. (Igor Palkin, Russian Orthodox Church Press Service via AP)

Devotees prepare to immerse idols of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha in the Arabian Sea, marking the end of the 10-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, on Sept. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Covered in prayer shawls, ultra-orthodox Jewish men of the Cohanim Priestly caste participate in a blessing during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem’s old city, on Sept. 26, 2018. The Cohanim, believed to be descendants of priests who served God in the Jewish Temple before it was destroyed, perform a blessing ceremony of the Jewish people three times a year during the festivals of Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Participants make human towers or “Castellers” during the Saint Merce celebrations in San Jaime square in Barcelona, Spain, on Sept. 24, 2018. The tradition of building human towers or “castells” dates back to the 18th century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where “colles” or teams compete to build the tallest and most complicated towers. The Roman Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mercy, La Mare de Déu de la Mercè in Catalan, is Sept. 24. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Villagers head back to their homes after making an offering of food to deceased ancestors at a Buddhist pagoda on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, early Sept. 28, 2018. Cambodians are celebrating the traditional 15-day Pchum Ben festival to pay respect to deceased relatives. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Pope Francis arrives in his popemobile for a Holy Mass at the Shrine of the Mother of God, in Aglona, Latvia, on Sept. 24, 2018. Francis visited Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to mark their 100th anniversaries of independence and to encourage the faith in the Baltics, which saw five decades of Soviet-imposed religious repression and state-sponsored atheism. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

A devotee carries a living goddess locally known as Kumari, center, to a chariot during the Indra Jatra festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Sept. 24, 2018. Indra is considered the Hindu god of rain and the festival marks the end of the rainy season. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

The father of Mohammad Taha Eghadami, a 4-year-old boy who was killed in Saturday’s terror attack on a military parade, mourns over his coffin during a mass funeral ceremony for the victims, in southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran, on Sept. 24, 2018. Thousands of mourners gathered at the Sarallah Mosque on Ahvaz’s Taleghani junction, carrying caskets in the sweltering heat. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Chinese artist Yuan Xikun, right, unveils a bust sculpture he created of the late Billy Graham in a ceremony in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 28, 2018. A statue, “Billy Graham as Sower,” on the left, and the bust, “Billy Graham as Messenger of Hope,” are intended to be the final two sculptures Yuan produces. Photo courtesy of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Buddhist monks have lunch during a charity event celebrating Pchum Ben, or Ancestors’ Day, at a Buddhist pagoda, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Sept. 26, 2018. Cambodians celebrate the traditional 15-day Pchum Ben festival to pay respect to deceased relatives. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

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