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 Eid al-Adha, the Assumption of the Virgin, and more.

A Muslim pilgrim casts stones at a pillar in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual hajj, on the third day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Aug. 13, 2019. The pilgrimage to Mecca is required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Catholic clergymen and pilgrims take part in an emotional procession with a statue of the Virgin Mary past the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral as they celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin in Paris on Aug. 15, 2019. The statue was rescued from the April blaze. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Nepalese Hindu priests perform rituals during the annual Janai Purnima festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Aug. 15, 2019. Janai Purnima, or Sacred Thread Festival, marks the day when devout Hindu males change the white cotton thread they wear across their torsos and take a ritual bath in a river or a pond. The sacred thread, when first tied, indicates formal entry into adulthood and a promise to follow their Hindu faith. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

The Abraj Al-Bait Towers, displaying the world’s largest clock face, rises above Muslim pilgrims circumambulating the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the hajj in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Aug. 12, 2019. The pilgrimage to Mecca is required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

An Indian boy scavenges for reusable items amid idols of Hindu goddess Dashama lying in the river Sabarmati after the end of Dashama festival in Ahmadabad, India, on Aug. 11, 2019. The ten-day festival celebrated in the Shravan month of the Hindu calendar culminates with the immersion of the idols of the deity who is worshipped for good health and prosperity in this western state of Gujarat. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

A boy jumps into the Mediterranean sea from the ancient sea wall during the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in the old port city of Acre, Israel, on Aug. 13, 2019. Eid al-Adha marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham to Christians and Jews) to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts four days, Muslims slaughter sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor and eat the rest. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Members of the Hindu Brahmin community perform rituals in the River Ganges in Prayagraj, India, on Aug. 15, 2019. Brahmins, member of Hindu upper castes, believe that performing rituals on this day will wash away their sins. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

LGBT activists and their supporters gather for the first-ever Pride parade in the central city of Plock, Poland, on Aug. 10, 2019. The parade comes as the country finds itself bitterly divided over the growing visibility of the LGBT community and as the government and the powerful Catholic church denounce gay rights as a threat to society. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

A knife used in the ritual sacrifice on Eid al-Adha in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 11, 2019. Muslims traditionally celebrate Eid al Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by slaughtering sheep, goats, camels and cows whose meat is later be distributed to the poor. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

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