Photos of the Week: Ramadan begins, Texas synagogue reopens
(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo gallery includes the start of Ramadan and a Texas synagogue reopening.
Students perform a noon prayer during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Ar-Raudlatul Hasanah Islamic Boarding School in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday, April 3, 2022. During Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, Muslims around the world refrain from eating, drinking, and smoking from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Muslim men perform the ritual ablution before the "Maghreb" (sunset) prayers at the end of the fasting day during the holy month of Ramadan, along the side of the road of the Jazeera State highway in the village of al-Nuba, about 30 miles south of Khartoum, Sudan's capital, Friday, April 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)
Palestinian women pray during Ramadan in front of the Dome of the Rock shrine at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, April 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
An Indian Muslim man looks through a shade tent erected for worshippers in the compound of Jama Masjid on the first Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in New Delhi, India, Friday, April 8, 2022. Islam's holiest month is a period of intense prayer, self-discipline, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A Kashmiri man reads from holy Quran inside the shrine of Sufi saint Shiekh Abdul Qadir Jeelani on the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, April 3, 2022. During Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, Muslims around the world refrain from eating, drinking, and smoking from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
Pope Francis shows a flag that was brought to him from Bucha, Ukraine, during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Church leaders raise their hands during a sustaining vote during The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' twice-yearly General Conference Saturday, April 2, 2022, in Salt Lake City. Top leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints addressed a wide range of topics at the conference, including LGBTQ non-discrimination laws, war in Ukraine and political polarization. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Michael Finfer, right, president of Congregation Beth Israel, laughs with Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, center, and Jeff Cohen while speaking to reporters at the synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, Thursday, April 7, 2022. Three months after an armed captor took the three men hostage at the synagogue, the house of worship is reopening. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, left, and Anna Salton Eisen walk in Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, Thursday, April 7, 2022. The synagogue is reopening three months after an armed captor took hostages there during a 10-hour standoff that ended with the escape of the hostages and fatal shooting of the gunman by the FBI. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
An April 4, 1980 service marking the 12th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the congregation at New York's Riverside Church was led in singing "We Shall Overcome," by, from left: Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young; Ms. Marion Hollingsworth, chair of the service; New York Judge Bruce Wright; the Rev. George Thomas, minister of outreach and institutional relations of Riverside; the church's pastor, William Sloane Coffin, Jr.; Edward Lowe and Benjamin Lorick, both black Christian caucus leaders of the congregation and the Rev. Eugene Laubach, the church's coordinating minister. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.
Sculptor Felix de Weldon puts the finishing touches on his statue of Mother Joseph of the Sisters of Providence in April 1980. The statue was placed in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C., on May 1, 1980. Mother Joseph established numerous hospitals, schools, orphanages, homes for the aged and shelters for the mentally ill during 46 years of work. She started the Sisters of Providence Corporation, one of the oldest corporations registered in what is now Washington state. De Weldon is best known for his U.S. Marine Corps memorial, "The Flag Raising on Iwo Jima." RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.