Photos of the Week: Quran burning protests; Dalai Lama birthday
By Kit Doyle · July 7, 2023
(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo gallery includes the Dalai Lama's 88th birthday, protests over the burning of a Quran in Sweden and more.
Exiled Tibetan children wait to perform in front of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, unseen, during a function marking the Tibetan leader's 88th birthday at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, India, Thursday, July 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama smiles as he presides over a function marking his 88th birthday at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, India, Thursday, July 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, left, and the head of Poland's Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, right, exchange forgiveness and reconciliation notes during a joint religious service held as part of observances honoring some 100,000 Poles murdered by Ukrainian nationalists in 1943-44, at St. John's cathedral in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, July 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Hindu pilgrims, known as Kanwarias, walk on the banks of the Ganges River in Prayagraj, India, Sunday, July 2, 2023. Kanwarias are devotees performing a ritual pilgrimage in which they walk, clad in saffron, and carrying ornately decorated canisters of sacred water from the Ganges River over their shoulders to take it back to Hindu temples in their hometowns, during the Hindu lunar month of Shravana. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Community members pray during a 'We Our Us' walk and prayer gathering near the site of Sunday's mass shooting in the Southern District of Baltimore, Monday, July 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)
Supporters of the Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr raise the Quran, the Muslim holy book, in response to the burning of a copy of the Quran in Sweden, during a rally in Basra, Iraq, Sunday, July 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
Muslim protestors chant slogans during a rally to denounce the burning of Islam's holy book 'Quran', in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, July 7, 2023. Muslims rallied across Pakistan to observe a "Day of the Sanctity of the Quran" after Pakistan's prime minister issued a call for anti-Sweden protests over last week's burning of the Islamic holy book in Stockholm. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)
Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest of the burning of a Quran in Sweden, in front of the Swedish Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Friday, June 30, 2023. A Quran burning and a string of requests to approve the destruction of more holy books have left Sweden torn between its commitment to free speech and its respect for religious minorities. The clash of fundamental principles has complicated Sweden's desire to join NATO. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Burned crosses stand outside the Sylmar Christian Fellowship Church, Thursday, July 6, 2023, in the Sylmar section of Los Angeles. Three wooden crosses outside the small Los Angeles church were found burned early Thursday and authorities say the fire is being investigated as a possible hate crime. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Three teenage survivors of the May 1974 Ma'alot massacre in northern Israel, Gabriel Mualim, 15, from left, Dahlia Batit, 15, and Meir Shitrit, 16, chat with Rabbi Joseph Wernick, national director of youth services for Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, shortly after arriving in New York in 1974. The three youngsters spent the Summer at three Young Judea Camps, all sponsored by Hadassah, in North Carolina, the Midwest and New York State. RNS archive photo by Isaac Berez. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.
The Rev. Kiyoshi Tanimoto, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima ten years earlier, prays for world peace after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in 1955. The Methodist minister, Director of the Hiroshima Peace Center Associates, visited the United States and prayed that under the "peerless leadership" of President Dwight Eisenhower "world disarmament may take place within our lifetimes." Following the wreath laying, taps were sounded by a United States Army Bugler. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.