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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 funerary rites for George H.W. Bush, the Hanukkah holiday around the world, and more.

Children skate on a temporary ice rink in the Gouwe Kerk, a Gothic Revival church built between 1902 and 1904, in Gouda, central Netherlands, on Dec. 5, 2018. The ice rink will remain in the church until Dec. 16, after which people can enjoy skating on the rink in front of the historic town hall of Gouda. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Magnolia, Texas, on Dec. 6, 2018, along the train route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers watches the installation of a menorah outside the Tree of Life Synagogue, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, before a celebration on the first night of Hanukkah, on Dec. 2, 2018. A gunman shot and killed 11 people while they worshipped at the temple on Oct. 27. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

A man dressed as Hindu god Ram, center, demonstrates with Hindu activists demanding that a temple to Ram be built at Ayodhya on the 26th anniversary of the demolition of Babri mosque in New Delhi, India, on Dec. 6, 2018. In 1992, Hindu extremists attacked and demolished the 16th-century mosque, sparking deadly Hindu-Muslim violence. Now Hindu hard-liners are pressuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to move quickly on the issue. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

A Nativity scene and Christmas tree are lit in St. Peter’s Basilica during the official unveiling ceremony at the Vatican on Dec. 7, 2018. The Nativity scene is made of sand and sculpted by an international set of artists. About 700 tons of sand were shipped to St. Peter’s Square for the sculptures. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Ultra-Orthodox Jews light candles during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood on Dec. 6, 2018. The Jewish festival of light is an eight-day commemoration of the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to put statues of Greek gods in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Indian Muslim grooms sit during a mass wedding where 65 couples were married in Ahmadabad, India, on Dec. 3, 2018. Mass weddings in India are organized by social organizations primarily to help the economically strapped families who cannot afford the high ceremony costs as well as the customary dowry and expensive gifts that are still prevalent in many communities. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Two Holocaust survivors arrive for the International Holocaust Survivors Night at a Jewish community center in Berlin, Germany, on Dec. 4, 2018. The event is held in the middle of Hanukkah holiday celebrations. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Former President George W. Bush speaks during the state funeral for his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral on Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Former President George W. Bush touches the casket of his father, former President George H.W. Bush, during the state funeral at the National Cathedral on Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried out by a military honor guard following his state funeral at the National Cathedral on Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

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