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 Hindu and Buddhist festivals in Asia, a Catholic bishop blessing slums in South America, and more.

Catholic Bishop Ruben Dario Jaramillo Montoya rides on a fire truck sprinkling holy water, in Buenaventura, Colombia, on July 13, 2019. Jaramillo traveled on a fire truck to some of Buenaventura’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods on Saturday, sprinkling water that he had blessed in what he called an attempt to thwart drug trafficking gangs and other illegal groups. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

A Hindu devotee washes the feet of her guru, Swami Narendra Giri, on Guru Purnima, a festival observed to express respect and gratitude to spiritual teachers, in Prayagraj, India, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. The. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

A morgue employee carries a cross as others disinfect the entrance to the morgue in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, on July 14, 2019. The head of the World Health Organization convened a meeting of experts July 17, 2019, to decide whether the Ebola outbreak should be declared an international emergency after spreading to eastern Congo’s biggest city, Goma, this week. More than 1,600 people in eastern Congo have died as the virus has spread in areas too dangerous for health teams to access. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

A Hindu devotee, his body pierced with metal hooks, observes Esala Poya Day at a temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on July 16, 2019. This is an annual festival of the Shree Weera Maha Kannagi Amman Kovil temple. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi prays at the tomb of her late father and hero of Myanmar’s independence, Gen. Aung San, during a ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of his 1947 assassination, at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum on July 19, 2019, in Yangon, Myanmar. Gen. Aung San and his cabinet were gunned down in 1947. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

“Ting Moang” lion dance is performed during Buddhist Lent in Prek Takov village in Kandal province, northeast of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on July 17, 2019. Cambodians are holding a week-long march to mark the Buddhist Lent, which traditionally bars monks from traveling for three months during the rainy season. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Storks nest on top of the ruins of Catholic church in the village of Zembin, north-east of capital Minsk, Belarus, on July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Hindu pilgrims rest at the base camp for the Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage in Jammu, India, Friday, July 19, 2019. Thousands of pilgrims annually visit the remote Himalayan shrine of Amarnath to worship an icy stalagmite representing Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

A Kashmiri Muslim boy lays a wreath on a grave at Martyr’s Graveyard in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on July 13, 2019. July 13 is observed as Martyrs’ Day in memory of the day when the region’s Hindu king ordered more than 20 Kashmiri Muslims executed in a bid to put down an uprising in 1931. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

A woman waves at Catholic Bishop Ruben Dario Jaramillo Montoya as he rides past in Buenaventura, Colombia, on July 13, 2019. Jaramillo traveled on a fire truck to some of Buenaventura’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods on Saturday, sprinkling water that he had blessed in what he called an attempt to thwart drug trafficking gangs and other illegal groups. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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