(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo gallery includes the Buddha’s birthday, religious vaccination efforts and more.
Note: RNS is expanding Photos of the Week to include reader photos. Please submit current photos of your practice of religion, spirituality or beliefs HERE. We are especially interested in capturing what it looks like as houses of worship reopen as pandemic restrictions ease. See our first installment below.
Buddhists attend a ceremony to celebrate Buddha’s birthday, while maintaining social distancing as precaution against the coronavirus, at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Buddhists visit temples across the country to celebrate the Buddha’s birthday. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A health worker administers a dose of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to a Buddhist monk at Priest Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, May 18, 2021. Thailand on Friday said it had detected its first locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus variant first found in India, even as it announced the formal rollout of its national vaccination plan for next month. (AP Photo/Anuthep Cheysakron,File)
A visitor takes pictures in front of lanterns on the eve of the Buddha’s birthday at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Buddhists arrange desks during a cleanup ahead of Buddha’s Birthday, which falls on May 19, at Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A woman holds out her arms as she prays during a religious march in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, May 15, 2021. Hundreds of Haitians marched on the streets of Port-au-Prince after church services on Saturday to collectively pray outdoors for peace and an end to the wave of kidnappings that have victimized the city’s residents. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
People visit the archaeological site of Templo Mayor in the historic center of Mexico City, Tuesday, May 18, 2021. The Templo Mayor, or “The Greater Temple” in Spanish, was the main temple of the Aztec capital city of Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City, which fell to Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes after a prolonged siege 500 years ago. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
Mourners pray over the bodies of 17 Palestinians who were killed in overnight Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, Sunday, May 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Sanad Latifa)
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, center, of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, speaks in front of civic and faith leaders outside City Hall, Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. Faith and community leaders in Los Angeles called for peace, tolerance and unity in the wake of violence in the city that is being investigated as potential hate crimes. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Emily Baumgartner, left, and Luke Finley, second from left, join friends from their church group in a birthday toast to one of the members during their weekly “Monday Night Hang” gathering at the Tiki Bar on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Monday, May 17, 2021, in New York. “Most of us live alone and we need community,” she said. “During the pandemic, we started hanging out in the park (Central Park) once a week. Once bars and restaurants reopened, we started coming back to Tiki Bar afterward.” Under the latest regulations, vaccinated New Yorkers can shed their masks in most situations. Restaurants, shops, gyms and many other businesses can go back to full occupancy if all patrons are inoculated. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Health workers inoculate residents with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine inside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish church in Quezon City, Philippines, on Monday, May 17, 2021. The church was used to speed up the vaccination process to residents in the area. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
People attend an outdoor service at Stanwich Congregational Church in Greenwich, Connecticut, May 14, 2021. Photo by Nathan Hart
Caroline Perez Hartzel, 8, of Dallas, lets off some pent up energy after her First Holy Communion, Tuesday evening, May 18, 2021. Caroline had just attended Mass for the first time since the pandemic, a special, socially distanced Mass for communicants who studied online all year at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in East Dallas. Caroline developed a deep love of God in her Family Formation classes, but she also has developed a strong love of soccer that has come roaring back as COVID-19 restrictions end. Photo by Tony Hartzel
Three American Dominican priests cross Freedom Bridge to Hong Kong from Red China, where they were kept under house arrest in Foochow, Fukien Province, circa 1955. Italian priest father Ambrose Poletti, from left, greeted and escorted fathers Joseph E. Hyde of Lowell, Mass., James G. Joyce of Clinton, Mass., and Frederick A. Gordon. The three were among the first group of American clergymen freed by the communists under the Geneva Agreements. With them on far right is Police Superintendent A. L. Gordon, who was in charge of the British side of the border. The trio was pale and had lost weight, but they were in good spirits. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.
American sailors, far left, attend a service in a typical Protestant Bamboo Church in Port Moresby, the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea, circa 1948. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.