Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, third from left, sits for the groundbreaking ceremony of a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Ram, in Ayodhya, India, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The coronavirus restricted large crowds, but Hindus were joyful before Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke ground Wednesday on a long-awaited, controversial temple of their most revered god Ram at the site of a demolished 16th century mosque in northern India. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Photos of the Week

(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo gallery includes the groundbreaking of a controversial Hindu temple in India, reeling from the explosion in Beirut, and more.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, third from left, sits for the groundbreaking ceremony of a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Ram, in Ayodhya, India, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The coronavirus prevented large crowds from attending, but many Hindus expressed their joy at the symbolic start to construction on the long-awaited, controversial temple of their most revered god Ram at the site of a demolished 16th century mosque in northern India. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

A Hindu priest lights earthen lamps and performs special prayers to mark the groundbreaking ceremony of a disputed temple dedicated to the Hindu god Ram in Ayodhya, in a temple in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

People gather in Times Square on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in New York, to celebrate a groundbreaking ceremony for a temple being built on disputed ground in India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the groundbreaking for the Hindu temple Wednesday in the Indian city of Ayodhya. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

An image of Christ in the ceiling of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at the World Trade Center in New York. Construction at the shrine, which was destroyed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, began this week. The shrine is expected to open in 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

More than 4,000 young people at the 70th convention of the International Walther League, a youth organization of the  Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, attended a performance by folk singer Pete Seeger in Squaw Valley, California, on July 8, 1965. The performance had been questioned by some in the church because Seeger had been called a Communist in testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society

Family and friends of Lebanese army Lieutenant Ayman Noureddine, who was killed by Tuesday's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, mourn over his coffin during his funeral procession, in Numeiriyeh village, south Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Rescue teams were still searching the rubble of Beirut's port for bodies on Friday, nearly three days after a massive explosion sent a wave of destruction through Lebanon's capital. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

A woman takes pictures of a damaged church after an explosion hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Residents of Beirut awoke to a scene of utter devastation on Wednesday, a day after a massive explosion at the port sent shock waves across the Lebanese capital. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Recently filled graves are seen in the Olifantsveil Cemetery outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020. The frequency of burials in South Africa has significantly increased during the coronavirus pandemic, as the country became one of the worst-hit nations in the world. New infection numbers around the world are a reminder that a return to normal life is still far off. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Workers prepare for the restoration of a cross on the Church of the Life-Giving Trinity in Ostankino, a monument of old Russian cult architecture, at sunset in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Pope John Paull II greets Howard Squadron, center, president of the American Jewish Congress and Henry Siegman, executive director, at the Vatican on April 16, 1980. Squadron and Siegman led a delegation of American Jewish Congress leaders on a mission that included visits with top government officials in Jerusalem and Cairo prior to their arrival in Rome. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society