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 breaking the “Dahi handi” in India, the aftermath of attacks in Sri Lanka, and more.

A Sri Lankan Muslim woman walks with a child past a mural in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Islamic clerics in Sri Lanka asked Muslim women on Tuesday to continue to avoid wearing face veils despite the official end of emergency rule, four months after a string of suicide bomb attacks. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Nuns of the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa, pray by her tomb on her birth anniversary in Kolkata, India, on Aug. 26, 2019. Mother Teresa was born at Skopje, Macedonia, Slovenia in 1910, and spent 45-years serving the poor, the sick, the orphaned, and the dying. Mother Teresa, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, was conferred a Sainthood on Sept. 4, 2016, by Pope Francis. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Residents watch an Indian Hindu devotee breaking the “Dahi handi”, a curd-filled pot, as part of celebrations to mark the Janmashtami festival in Mumbai, India, on Aug. 24, 2019. The festival marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna and the act seeks to reenact the story of Lord Krishna stealing butter during his childhood. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

More than 15,000 people attend an evening rally in Hong Kong on Aug. 23, 2019, the first large-scale political rally for Christians since the democracy movement began in June. Attendees sang and prayed for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu

Indian women carrying water walk past statues of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha before the Ganesha Chaturthi festival at a workshop in Hyderabad, India, on Aug. 29, 2019. Ganesha Chaturthi, which begins on Sept. 2, is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Ganesha, who is widely worshiped by Hindus as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Relatives of political prisoners attend a Mass asking for the freedom of their loved ones, in Masaya, Nicaragua, on Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Pastor Tim Kim, center, with members and guests of Root & Branch Church gather for a “dinner church” service on Aug. 25, 2019, in Palmer Square Park in Chicago. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

Indian youth form a human pyramid to break the “Dahi handi,” an earthen pot filled with curd hanging above them, as part of celebrations to mark the Janmashtami festival in Mumbai, India, on Aug. 24, 2019. The festival marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna and the act seeks to reenact the story of Lord Krishna stealing butter during his childhood. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby blesses a survivor of the Easter Sunday attack at St. Sebastian’s church in Katuwapitiya village, Negombo , Sri Lanka, on Aug. 29, 2019. The figurehead of the Church of England emphasized the need for Christian unity on Thursday as he paid tribute to the victims of the Easter Sunday bomb attacks at a Roman Catholic church in Sri Lanka. A total of 263 people were killed when seven suicide bombers from a local Muslim group attacked three churches and three luxury hotels on April 21. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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