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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 the Notre Dame fire, Easter Holy Week commemorations, and more.

Flames and smoke rise from the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019. An inferno that raged through the cathedral for more than 12 hours destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and a frantic rescue effort saved the monument’s “most precious treasures,” including the Crown of Thorns purportedly worn by Jesus, officials said. (AP Photo/Thierry Mallet)

A man holds palm fronds during Palm Sunday Mass in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on April 14, 2019. Palm Sunday marks Jesus Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem, when his followers laid palm branches in his path, prior to his crucifixion. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Hooded penitents from “La Sed” brotherhood take part in a procession in Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz province in Andalucia, southern Spain, on April 15, 2019. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Firefighters tackle the blaze as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

A hooded penitent holds an image of an arrested Jesus Christ during the Procession of Torches, a Holy Week procession in Goias, Brazil, early April 18, 2019. The procession is a reenactment of Christ’s arrest by the “farricocos,” men who dress in colored robes with cone-shaped hats, representing the Praetorian guard. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Parisian firefighters talk near the rose window of Notre Dame Cathedral on April 16, 2019, in Paris. Experts assessed the blackened shell of Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Tuesday morning to establish next steps to save what remains after a devastating fire destroyed much of the cathedral that had survived almost 900 years of history. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Tom Tonelli, facing camera, a teacher at Columbine High School, hugs former principal Frank DeAngelis during a faith-based memorial service for the victims of the school shooting nearly 20 years earlier, at a community church, on April 18, 2019, in Littleton, Colo. (Rick Wilking/Pool Photo via AP)

Debris is seen inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, on April 16, 2019. The altar, rear, was spared when parts of the vaulted ceiling collapsed during the recent fire. (Christophe Petit Tesson, Pool via AP)

Pope Francis celebrates a Chrism Mass inside St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, on April 18, 2019. During the Mass the Pontiff blesses a token amount of oil that will be used to administer the sacraments for the year. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Flames rise from Notre Dame Cathedral as it burns in Paris on April 15, 2019, as the spire leans from damage. The spire and much of the roof collapsed. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, right, arrives for a ceremony at Holy Trinity Cathedral , in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, honoring the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash on April 15, 2019 (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame Cathedral as it burns in Paris on April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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