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 Whirling Dervishes in Turkey, gay marriages in Brazil, a new Ukrainian orthodox church, and more.

Whirling dervishes of the Mevlevi order perform during a Sheb-i Arus ceremony in Konya, central Turkey, on Dec. 16, 2018. Every December the Anatolian city hosts a series of events to commemorate the death of the 13th century Islamic scholar, poet and Sufi mystic Jalaladdin Rumi. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Hindu monks perform rituals at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges and Yamuna, at Allahabad, India, on Dec. 16, 2018. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in a large religious congregation called “Kumbh Mela” here in January 2019. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

President Donald Trump walks with an umbrella from Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Dec. 15, 2018, after visiting during Wreaths Across America Day. Wreaths Across America was started in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester and has expanded to hundreds of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Couples wait for the start of a group marriage of forty same-sex couples in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Dec. 15, 2018. The LGBTQ community in Brazil fears their rights will be taken away with the incoming right-wing Bolsonaro administration. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

Coachmen drive horsedrawn carriages as people gather near a Christmas tree placed at the Grand Square in downtown Brussels, Belgium, on Dec. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Kashmiri Muslim devotees pray as a relic of Sufi saint Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani is displayed at his shrine in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Dec. 19, 2018. Thousands of devotees thronged the shrine to mark the saint’s Urs, or yearly commemoration. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)

An Orthodox believer kisses the hand of a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchy during a protest against the creation of a Ukrainian independent church, in front of the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Pope Francis blows out a candle atop of a cake he was offered on the eve of his 82nd birthday during an audience with children and family from the dispensary of Santa Marta, a Vatican charity that offers special help to mothers and children in need, in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, on Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Whirling dervishes of the Mevlevi order perform during a Sheb-i Arus ceremony in Konya, central Turkey, on Dec. 16, 2018. Every December the Anatolian city hosts a series of events to commemorate the death of 13th century Islamic scholar, poet and Sufi mystic Jalaladdin Rumi. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

A couple kiss during a group marriage of 40 same-sex couples in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Dec. 15, 2018. With the election of ultra-rightist Jair Bolsonaro as president, hundreds of same sex couples began to marry, fearing that  Bolsonaro, who accumulates a history of homophobic and derogatory comments towards gays, will hinder the union of people of the same sex. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, center left, attends a closed-door synod of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches to approve the charter for a unified Ukrainian church and to elect leadership in the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 15, 2018. Poroshenko has told the crowd “the creation of our church is another declaration of Ukraine’s independence and you are the main participants of this historic event.” (Mikhail Palinchak, Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Pool Photo via AP)

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  • ANY sexual activity between anyone, except a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully married, is corruption, unnatural, and a sin in the eyes of God. RNS offends God with photos supporting LGTBQ marriages. Burning and hell are coming soon.

  • You enjoy your fear based authoritarian theocracy don’t you?
    Fortunately a goodly amount of the globe lives in the 21st century and are capable spreading hope and love, not hate and condemnation. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

  • The purpose of my message OF LOVE above was to share PURE TRUTH…that some may find HOPE and HAPPINESS through repenting and turning to Christ, even in the 21st century.

    Hate and condemnation result when people are deceived by Satan into believing that breaking the commandments of GOD, such as the LGTBQ lifestyle, can somehow lead to “happiness”. SIN never was happiness.

  • ALL of the globe is living in the 21st century – not just the people who happen to agree with you!

    Merry Christmas to all!

  • You assume that YOUR faith is what is required for others. It is not. Not in any fashion is your faith a one size fits all. Belief in your entity is your issue, insisting upon conversion leads to chaos and death.
    And it shelters sick SOBs like this one: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2018/12/idaho-priest-who-wanted-to-rape-and-kill-children-sentenced-to-25-years-for-child-porn/?fbclid=IwAR0CDqcDfDdUXR76Ib-dCqQ160nAN5uTLYI6mx3274_WlxnwEGz0Rkm32h0

  • On this earth, there is ONE faith leading to happiness and Eternal Life. CHRIST is the author and finisher of that faith. Everything else leads to chaos and death, including the LGBTQ lifestyle. BELIEVE IT, TIME IS RUNNING OUT. SHALOM

  • However, aren’t you a Latter-day Saint? The only thing that you share with the Christian folks who post here is a hatred for the LGBTQ community and a common vocabulary, for which you have changed all of the definitions.

  • I’d rather see women kissing each other in marriage than anyone kissing the hand of a priest. Just sayin’.

  • True Latter-day Saints LOVE members of the LGBTQ community, even as they love the Christian folks who post here. Like God, we reject sin and perversion, and encourage all men to live clean and worthy lives, so together we can all inherit happiness with GOD in the next life.

  • However, unlike the Christians who post here, you worship a God, who you believe is a resurrected man, a human being, who once lived in a previous universe, similar to this one. Isn’t that true? God for you is a priesthood office.

  • You enjoy your “progressive” posturing don’t you?

    Fortunately most of the world still adheres to one of the major religions.

  • If he is sick, shouldn’t he be in treatment?

    A “progressive” individual like yourself should be on the side spreading hope and love, not hate and condemnation.

    Unless, of course, you’re just posturing.

  • Equating a moral stance that same sex physical congress violates the laws of God would only equate to “a hatred for the LGBTQ community” if one were an LGBT propagandist and/or ideologue.

  • I have no issue with anyone who wishes to believe that “same sex physical congress violates the laws of God.”

    I have issue when those with such beliefs try to deny me my rights as a human being to love whom my heart loves and try to enforce their Christian “propagandist and/or ideologue” religious beliefs against me by influencing and controlling civil law.

  • I do not know the level of Christianity of people who post here, nor do I worry about it. As for the God that I worship, thank you for your interest. In the LDS church, some leaders have stated that “As man is God once was, as God is man may become.” There is some debate on the issue. However, true Christians believe that God is all knowing, all intelligent, all powerful, a perfect man in a perfect resurrected body.

  • So you object to the democratic process, the establishment of a society by the inhabitants of a country in which they would like to live and raise their families, a society which reflects the values they hold.

    That, of course, is the very objection of floydlee to the “Gay Goliath” – the construction of a “heads I win, tails you lose” process where LGBT claim all the rights, including the right to crush religious rights under a jackboot of political correctness and fuzzy thinking.

  • I’d rather NOT see women kissing each other – except as a form of greeting, as is common in many cultures.

    And that doesn’t look like a Priest in the photo, despite the ignorant caption. The cleric appears to be wearing a panagia, as well as a small omophor – which are only worn by Bishops.

    Top grade reporting, as usual.

  • Thanks for clarification and nuance. I guess it really WOULD be one gradation nuttier for anyone to be kissing the hand of a Bishop instead of that of a mere Priest. As for people in love who get married, that’s a better cause and place for kissing.

  • Yes, we obviously have very different ideas as to what constitutes a democracy and who a democracy shelters & protects. There will never be a nation that doesn’t have LGBTQ people, the question is whether the nation into which they are born values and honors them equally to every other citizen or persecutes them with legislation and a culture that dishonors them and drives them into hiding or suicide.

  • There is some debate on the issue. However, true Christians believe that God is all knowing, all intelligent, all powerful, a perfect man in a perfect resurrected body.

    However, you believe that of both God the Father & God the Son, as you don’t believe in the Trinity, you believe in a tri-theism. God the Father has a body of flesh & bone, as does the Son. The Holy Spirit has not a body of flesh & bone, but is a personage of spirit.

  • While we have a democratic process, the United States is NOT a democracy.

    The United States is also NOT founded on Libertarian principles.

    No one has unlimited rights.

    No one can assert a right never to be unhappy, or to parade down Main Street in nothing but crotchless pantyhose, or to not have some inclination or desire infringed by laws.

    In the United States, for example, a right to privacy that ensures that two or more people can engage in consensual activity without interference by law enforcement that might drive them into hiding or suicide does not necessarily translate into a right to total endorsement in the Public Square.

    The United States, due to its history, has a particular interest in protecting religious rights, since many of its first inhabitants were fleeing religious persecution.

    The United States also does not have a history of persecuting Christians like your own country:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Christians_in_Mexico

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cristero_War

    What appears to have happened in the United States is that – as in Dred Scott v. Sandford and Roe v. Wade – the Supreme Court went a bridge too far, the anti-religious elements in the LGBT movement and their allies jumped on the occasion to beat some religious individuals into the mud, attempting to dishonor them and their beliefs, and drive them into hiding or suicide.

    Because Americans are particularly sensitive to religious persecution, they are reaping a backlash.

  • I just like to call him out on it when he appears to me to be trying to slip under the wire as just another fundamentalist Christian.

  • If that’s what you chose to digest, go for it.
    It will not be forced upon the innocent by those seeking to create a biased theonomy or a dangerous hegemony ruled by one brand of dogma. This is why 1% of the US population serve to uphold a constitution…we sacrifice so that YOU can digest the dogma of your choice. You may not demand that others capitulate, for any reason.

  • The phrase “… seeking to create a biased theonomy or a dangerous hegemony ruled by one brand of dogma ….” is silly.

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