Photos of the Week

This week’s selection includes preparations for Masses resuming in Italy, the arrest of Serbian Orthodox priests in Montenegro, and more.

(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s selection includes preparations for Masses resuming in Italy, the arrest of Serbian Orthodox priests in Montenegro, and more.

A woman cleans the Church of Santi Quirico e Giulitta in Giussano, northern Italy, Friday, May 15, 2020, while spacing chairs for social distancing. Churches in Italy are preparing to reopen to the public for masses on May 18, after Italy partially lifted restrictions last week following a two-month lockdown due to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

A man sprays disinfectant as he sanitizes Santa Maria in Trastevere Basilica to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in Rome Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Italy partially lifted lockdown restrictions last week after a two-month lockdown, allowing Masses to resume on May 18. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Muslim men socially distance themselves as they pray after breaking their daytime fast in a parking lot in the mixed Arab Jewish city of Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 10, 2020. Mosques remain closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus during the holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A Kashmiri Muslim prays outside a closed Muslim shrine during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, May 15, 2020. Religious clerics and authorities in Indian controlled Kashmir have urged people to pray inside their homes to prevent spread of coronavirus in the region. Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan, where they refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

Youth dressed in traditional costumes participate in the annual Festival of Nations, in honor of the Christ the King feast day, on Oct. 30, 1955. Traditional outfits representing more than 200 nationalities were worn at the annual event, which was held at the student center of New York University in Manhattan. RNS archive photo by Albert Berger. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society

Pilgrims wait in front of the Serbian Orthodox monastery of Ostrog, northwest of the Montenegrin capital Podgorica, May 12, 2020. The Serbian Orthodox Church held its annual pilgrimage to the Ostrog monastery to mark St. Basil’s Day, despite a ban on social gatherings. St. Basil of Ostrog is buried at the monastery. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

People attend a protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, May 14, 2020, after the arrest of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests in Montenegro. Montenegrin police said Thursday they have detained around 60 people following clashes at protests demanding the release of the priests jailed for leading a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings related to the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Sister Mary Berchmann, assistant football coach at St. Cecilia School in Dallas, Texas, gives her team some proper ball carrying tips on Nov. 7, 1955. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society

Pakistani Shiite Muslims gather to beat their chests during a procession commemorating the death anniversary of Imam Ali, the son-in-law and cousin of the Prophet Muhammad and the first Imam of the Muslim Shiites, in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, May 15, 2020. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Workers make a traditional toffee-like sweet called “dodol,” one of the special Muslim holiday Ramadan delicacies, at a home factory in Tangerang, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

People stand on marked spots as they queue for a donated iftar, the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset, during the coronavirus outbreak in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

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