Photos of the Week: Kenyan cult deaths; Francis in Hungary
By Kit Doyle · April 28, 2023
(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo gallery includes starvation deaths at a Christian cult in Kenya, Pope Francis visiting Hungary and more.
Police and local residents load the exhumed bodies of victims of a religious cult into the back of a truck in the village of Shakahola, near the coastal city of Malindi, in southern Kenya, on April 23, 2023. Dozens of bodies have been discovered so far in shallow graves in a forest near land owned by a pastor, Paul Mackenzie Nthenge, who was arrested for telling his followers to fast to death. (AP Photo)
Pastor Paul Mackenzie Nthenge, who was arrested on suspicion of telling his followers to fast to death in order to meet Jesus, appears accompanied by some of his followers at a court in Malindi, Kenya, on Monday, April 17, 2023. Kenya's president William Ruto said Monday, April 23, that the starvation deaths of dozens of followers of the pastor is akin to terrorism. (AP Photo)
The exhumed bodies of victims of a religious cult are laid out in the village of Shakahola, near the coastal city of Malindi, in southern Kenya, Sunday, April 23, 2023. Dozens of bodies have been discovered so far in shallow graves on land owned by a pastor Paul Mackenzie Nthenge, who was arrested for telling his followers to fast to death. (AP Photo)
Kenya Interior minister Kithure Kindiki, center right, in white shirt, inspects graves where victims of a Christian cult are buried at a forest in Shakahola, in southern coastal Kenya, Tuesday, April 25, 2023. (AP Photo)
Painters repaint the lamp posts outside Westminster Abbey as preparations continue for the May 6 coronation of King Charles III in London, Britain, Thursday, April 27, 2023. The coronation will take place in the abbey, followed by a balcony appearance in Buckingham Palace. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
People peruse an art exhibit hosted by Atheists United featuring religious signs taken down by "atheist street pirates" in the Los Angeles area, Sunday, April 23, 2023, in Los Angeles. RNS photo by Alejandra Molina
A procession carrying a crucifix prays for rain in Perelada, a rural village in the northeast of Catalonia, Spain, Thursday, April 27, 2023. Spain is experiencing summer temperatures in April as the country confronts another year of drought and the elevated risk of forest fires. Spain's government has requested emergency funds from the European Union to support farmers and ranchers amid extreme drought conditions in the country's agricultural heartlands. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Blair Jonas of Minneapolis, right, leads the evening prayer on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at the Chabad showroom during the High Point Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron.
Tourists walk in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest on April 27, 2023, where Pope Francis will meet with bishops, priests and pastoral workers during his visit to Hungary. Francis' priorities will be on display as the country's populist government will seek to downplay its diverging views on matters such as immigration and minority rights while focusing instead on points where it aligns with the pontiff. (AP Photo/Denes Erdos)
Two women listen to a livestream of Pope Francis' speech during a meeting with bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated persons, seminarians and pastoral workers in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, April 28, 2023. The pope is in Hungary for a three-day pastoral visit. (AP Photo/Denes Erdos)
Pope Francis delivers a speech at a meeting with bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated persons, seminarians and pastoral workers in St. Stephen's Co-Cathedral in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, April 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Faithful wait for Pope Francis in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, April 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Lila V. Pinnow, of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and her husband, Roy, work with handicapped Cub Scouts at a Milwaukee County school in 1979. Lila Pinnow was presented the Lamb Award for her "distinguished service" with handicapped scouts over the previous 17 years. The Lamb Awards were given annually through the Department of Youth Agency Relationships of the Lutheran Council in the USA. RNS archive photo by the Lutheran Council News Bureau. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.
An unknown area of India in 1945 in the wake of the Bengal famine of 1943, in the Bengal province of British India (present-day Bangladesh, West Bengal, Odisha and eastern India) during World War II. Millions of people were displaced or died during the multiple-year crisis. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.