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 several Muslim commemorations, Pope Francis visiting Morocco, and more.

A Kashmiri Muslim woman with her face covered prays as the head cleric displays a relic at the Hazratbal shrine on the occasion of Mehraj-u-Alam, believed to mark the ascension of Prophet Muhammad to heaven, in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on April 4, 2019. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims gathered at the Hazratbal shrine, which houses a relic believed to contain hair from the beard of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

Visitors look at a columbarium at the Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery during the Qingming festival in Beijing, on April 5, 2019. Qingming festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, is a day when Chinese around the world remember their dearly departed and take time off to clean up the tombs and place flowers and offerings. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Religious students listen to a speech by Pope Francis and King Mohammed VI, at the Mohammed VI Institute, a school for imams, in Rabat, Morocco, on March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy)

Shiite pilgrims beat themselves as a sign of grief outside the golden-domed shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim, who died at the end of the 8th century, during the annual commemoration of his death, in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

A pile of necklaces and crucifixes belonging to some of those slaughtered during the 1994 genocide at the Catholic church in Nyamata, Rwanda, as they sought refuge inside the church. The necklaces were piled on the altar as a memorial to the thousands who were killed on April 4, 2019. On Sunday, April 7, 2019, Rwanda will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the country’s descent into an orgy of violence in which some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred by the majority Hutu population over a 100-day period, the worst genocide in recent history. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

A girl waits to perform a dance with other children for Pope Francis at the diocesan Caritas center in Rabat, Morocco, on March 30, 2019. Francis’s weekend trip to Morocco aimed to highlight the North African nation’s tradition of Christian-Muslim ties, while also letting Francis show solidarity with migrants at Europe’s door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock on the peripheries. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Baryshevsky Victor, Bishop of the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, holds his ballot at a polling station, during the presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, on March. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Pakistani civil society activists call for protection of Hindu girls at a protest in Hyderabad, Pakistan, on April 5, 2019. A court in Islamabad has ordered protection for two teenage sisters from the minority Hindu community as investigators widen a probe to determine whether the girls were abducted and forced to convert and marry two Muslims. (AP Photo/Pervez Masih)

Portraits of Holocaust survivors are displayed at New York City’s Museum of Jewish Heritage as a vintage German train car, like those used to transport people to Auschwitz and other death camps, is uncovered on tracks outside the museum, on March 31, 2019. The train car joins hundreds of artifacts from Auschwitz at the museum for an exhibit entitled “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away,” that opens to the public on May 8. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Shiite worshippers carry a symbolic coffin at the golden-domed shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim, who died at the end of the 8th century, during the annual commemoration of the his death, in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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