Photos of the Week: Armenian-Azerbaijani tensions, Serbian Patriarch death, COVID surges

This week’s selection includes tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the death of Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej and more.

(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s selection includes tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the death of Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej and more.

Chaplain Kevin Deegan prays for COVID-19 patient Pedro Basulto while on a video call with the patient’s daughter, Grace, at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. “These video calls have been a lifeline for families,” said Deegan. “It can be emotionally exhausting and very draining, but it also an honor to be a bridge for the family.” (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

With his car packed and ready, ethnic Armenian Nikolai Karapetyan presses the cross to his chest and becomes emotional as he prepares to abandon his home in the village of Maraga, in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. A Russia-brokered cease-fire to halt six weeks of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh stipulated that Armenia turn over control of some areas it holds outside the separatist territory’s borders to Azerbaijan. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

A view inside the Aghdam Mosque in Agdam, prior to the Azerbaijani forces being handed control in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. The mosque itself is an especially sore point between the feuding nations. In the years after the local Muslim population was driven out, the mosque was turned into a stable for cattle and pigs. Although ethnic Armenian forces tried to keep outsiders away from Aghdam, some camera-bearing visitors slipped in, and their photos of the mosque’s defilement outraged Azerbaijanis. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

An Armenian man dismantles a cross from the roof of his house in Karmiravan village, as ethnic Armenians leave the the area prior to the Azerbaijani forces being handed control in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. A Russia-brokered cease-fire to halt six weeks of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh stipulated that Armenia turn over control of some areas it holds outside the separatist territory’s borders to Azerbaijan. Armenians are forced to leave their homes before the region is handed over to control by Azerbaijani forces. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

A man holds a piece of art from the Dadivank, an Armenian Apostolic Church monastery dating to the 9th century, as ethnic Armenians leave the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh for Armenia, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. The territory is to be turned over to Azerbaijan on Sunday as part of territorial concessions in an agreement to end six weeks of intense fighting with Armenian forces. Hundreds of thousands of Azeris were displaced by the war that ended in 1994. It is unclear when any civilians might try to settle in Karvachar — which will now be known by its Azeri name Kalbajar — or elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Indian women perform rituals while standing inside an artificial pond for the Chhat Puja festival in Mumbai, India, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Health officials have warned about the potential for the coronavirus to spread during the upcoming religious festival season, which is marked by huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

A Hindu devotee takes a dip while praying to the Sun God, standing in knee deep waters, in Hussain Sagar Lake during the Chhath Puja festival in Hyderabad, India, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Workers ride their horses in the Valle de Chalco municipal cemetery, recently reserved for burials of COVID-19 victims, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Mexico topped 1 million registered coronavirus cases and nearly 100,000 test-confirmed deaths over the last week, though officials agree the number is probably much higher. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

FILE – In this May 24, 2012, file photo, Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej holds a cross during a procession marking the feast of Belgrade’s patron saint, Spasovdan, in downtown Belgrade. Serbia’s Orthodox Church said Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, the leader, Patriarch Irinej, has died after testing positive for the coronavirus. He was 90. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

Construction workers stand in the St. Sava temple where Patriarch Irinej will be buried in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. The Serbian Orthodox Church says its head, Patriarch Irinej, has died after testing positive for the coronavirus. He was 90. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

A public health official shows students how to wear face masks during a class teaching health protocols for curbing the spread of coronavirus outbreak at the Daarul Rahman Islamic Boarding School in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)