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 the Religions for Peace conference in Germany, the largest new mosque in Europe, and more.

Indian schoolchildren dressed as the Lord Krishna participate in a costume contest on the eve of the Krishna Janmashthami festival, the birth anniversary of the Hindu god, in Hyderabad, India, on Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A)

An exiled Tibetan Buddhist nun holds a candle inside a paper cup with the message ‘Hong Kong is not China’ at a candle-lit vigil to show solidarity with Hong Kong protestors, in Dharmsala, India, on Aug. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

Ultra-Orthodox Jews attend the wedding ceremony of Hannah Halbershtam and Menahem Nachum, the son of the Rabbi of the Nadvorna Hasidic dynasty, in the town of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel, on Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Attendees of the Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly gather for a dedication ceremony for the Ring for Peace sculpture, top right, in Lindau, Germany. Photo by Christian Flemming/Religions for Peace

Iraqi Christians hold Mass at the archaeological site of Kokheh Church, south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Aug 23, 2019. The historical church, located on the bank of the Tigris River some 20 miles south of the capital, Baghdad, dates to the first century AD. Remnants of the church, one of the most important archaeological sites for Eastern Christianity, was reopened again to the public last year after a years-long closure due to security concerns. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Devotees transport an idol of elephant headed Hindu god Ganesha to a worship venue ahead of the Ganesh Chaturti festival in Mumbai, India, on Aug. 18, 2019. The idols will be worshipped during the 10-day long festival which ends with the immersion of idols in bodies of water. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Pope Francis blesses just-married couples at the end of his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, on Aug. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

A general view of Nayapara Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Aug.22, 2019. Bangladesh’s refugee commissioner said that no Rohingya Muslims have opted to return to Myanmar from camps in the South Asian nation. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

A view of the new mosque that opened in Shali, Russia, and is believed to be Europe’s largest, on Aug. 22, 2019. The newly-built mosque is dedicated to Chechnya’s first president, Akhmad Kadyrov, father of the region’s current leader Ramzan Kadyrov. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney, left, cuts a birthday cake for Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt at the sister’s 100th birthday celebration at Loyola University on Aug. 21, 2019, in Chicago. Sister Jean became a celebrity while serving as chaplain to the basketball team at Loyola University Chicago during its 2018 run to the Final Four. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

People gather for a communal meal in Lindau, Germany, on Aug. 21, 2019, presented by the Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly. Photo by Christian Flemming/Religions for Peace

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