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 ranges from protests over cathedral construction in Russia, Buddha’s birthday celebrations and more.

Newly ordained priests pray during a ceremony led by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

An Indian Muslim boy carries cups while helping prepare serving dishes for an iftar meal during the holy month of Ramadan in Mumbai, India, on May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Abigail and Jonathan Dysinger, center, pray during a vigil for Donnie Johnson, Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Johnson was executed by lethal injection Thursday for suffocating his wife, Connie Johnson, in a Memphis camping center that he managed in 1984. The vigil was held at Riverside Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where Johnson served as an elder while in prison, even though he was never able to visit the church. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Hindu holy men wait to cast their votes at a polling station in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India , on May 12, 2019. Indians are voting in the next-to-last round of 6-week-long national election, marked by a highly acrimonious campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi blaming the opposition Congress Party rival Rahul Gandhi’s family for the country’s ills. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

A machine removes rubble below the Pieta sculpture and a cross inside the Notre Dame Cathedral on May 15, 2019, in Paris. French Culture Minister Franck Riester said that one month after a fire engulfed Notre Dame, the edifice is still being made safe enough for restoration to begin. (Philippe Lopez/Pool via AP)

Demonstrators wave their cell phones as they protest plans to construct a cathedral in a park in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on May 15, 2019. Hundreds of riot police have surrounded a park in Russia’s fourth-largest city before what’s expected to be a third consecutive day of protests against building a new cathedral. (AP Photo/Anton Basanayev)

Buddhists pray during a service to celebrate Buddha’s birthday at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, on May 12, 2019.  (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

A Muslim man is silhouetted as he arrives at a mosque for iftar during the holy month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Annice Lyn)

A child seems to float in the air, supported by a rig of hidden metal rods, during a parade on Cheung Chau island in Hong Kong to celebrate the Bun Festival on May 12, 2019. Thousands of local residents and tourists flock to the outlying island in Hong Kong to celebrate. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Pope Francis rides with a group of migrant children who recently arrived from Libya, on his popemobile at the start of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, on May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)