(RNS) - Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo gallery includes Muharram celebrations, Afghan refugees and more.
Berny Lopez, an operations specialist for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, moves donated diapers at the organization's drop-off site for items to help refugees from Afghanistan, in Baltimore, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)
A woman evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, walks through the terminal carrying prayer beads among her belongings to board a bus after arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Va., on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
People evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, wait to board a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Va., on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Palwasha Faizi, 10, stands behind her sister, Parwana Faizi, 7, and her father, Mohammad Faizi, during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in El Cajon, Calif. The family were visiting relatives in Afghanistan in August, and were forced to escape as the Taliban seized power. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Hindu women swing a child as part of a ritual while praying for the longevity of their sons on "Bacch Dua" festival in Jammu, India, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Pope Francis stops to greet the faithful as he leaves after his weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Leaders of the Pakistani religious group Jamiat Ulema-e Islam Nazryati distribute sweets to people to celebrate the Taliban's victory in Afghanistan, at a market, in Quetta, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
Michael Harris, right, an activist from Greensboro, North Carolina, took part in the March On for Voting Rights rally in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 2021. He led a protest against the killing of Fred Cox, a young Black man in his community who was shot to death by a sheriff’s deputy. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks
Shiite worshippers visit the holy shrine of Imam Abbas during Muharram processions in Karbala, Iraq, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is a month of mourning for Shiites for Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala in the 7th century. (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)
Devotees offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, in Varanasi, India, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. The Kashi Vishwanath Dham Corridor project, one of the highlights of the ruling government, is centered around this ancient temple, and is scheduled for completion later this year. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Reader Submitted Photos
At a rally urging the release of Kevin Strickland and Lamar Johnson from prison, clergy prayed over U.S. Rep. Cori Bush after she spoke on the lawn of the state capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri, on Aug. 30, 2021. Photo by Brian Kaylor
A Missouri state official stops Rev. Darryl Gray, a St. Louis pastor, delivering a petition to Attorney General Eric Schmitt in Jefferson City, Mo., on Aug. 30, 2021. After negotiations, the petition, supporting the release of Lamar Johnson, who prosecutors now say was wrongly convicted 16 years ago, was delivered. Photo by Brian Kaylor
Mike Alexander, left, a teacher at J. N. Ervin School in Dallas, coaches Boy Scouts before the Reader's Digest Association-Boy Scouts of America speech contest. "When I was 16, I made a commitment to Christ that I would help the young," he said. "For me, the best way to keep that commitment is to help kids learn to express their thoughts in words." RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.
Schoolchildren pose outside a 35-foot trailer-school in which they attended religious instruction in Mountain View, California, in Feb. 1956. The Rev. James B. Doyle of St. Joseph's Church taught members of his growing flock by visiting area public schools. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.