Photos of the Week: Hungry Ghost festival; Faith at the Fair
By Kit Doyle · September 1, 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 Hungry Ghost festival, faith at the Minnesota State Fair and more.
Ethnic Chinese Indonesians throw 'hell money' to be burned as offerings during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. Celebrated in the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar, the festival is a time for prayer and for burning paper models of televisions and cars to appease wandering spirits as the gates of hell are believed to open and the souls of dead ancestors return to visit their relatives. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
A woman throws offerings into the fire during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. Celebrated in the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar, the festival is a time for prayer and for burning paper models of televisions and cars to appease wandering spirits as the gates of hell are believed to open and the souls of dead ancestors return to visit their relatives. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Sister Chanmi of South Korea, left, and Sr. Jeanne Francoise of Rwanda, of the Missionaries of Charity, deliver supplies to a family in need on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. Pope Francis is in Mongolia to encourage one of the world's smallest and newest Catholic communities. Francis' first-ever papal visit to Mongolia, comes as the Vatican's relations with the country's two powerful neighbors, Russia and China, are once again strained. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A child runs past a mural showing Pope Francis amid scenes of Mongolian nomadic daily life outside a church in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Monday, Aug. 28, 2023. Pope Francis' visit to Mongolia this week in some ways completes a mission begun by the 13th century Pope Innocent IV, who dispatched emissaries to ascertain the intentions of the rapidly expanding Mongol Empire and beseech its leaders to halt its conquest and convert.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Members of Hindu Brahmin community perform the annual Shravani Puja at Sangam, the holy confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, in Prayagraj, India, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. Brahmins, or Hindu upper castes, believe that performing rituals on this day will wash away their sins. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Parishioners pray during a service for the victims of a mass shooting at a local Dollar Store, at the St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023, in Jacksonville, Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Dean Wiberg, right, volunteers at the evangelical Crossroads Chapel tent, which distributes thousands of free Bibles during the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023. For many faith communities, the fair has long been an opportunity to reach a diverse crowd that can top two million. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell'Orto)
Building Blocks of Islam volunteer Sia Lao, left, hands a free copy of the Quran to a visitor at the group's booth in the education building of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023. The group was founded to combat misinformation about Islam and for a decade has been a presence at the fair, where it can engage the large gathering of diverse Minnesotans. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell'Orto)
A line for breakfast runs down the block outside the popular Hamline Church Dining Hall on the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023. Dozens of church dining halls like this Methodist one once operated at the fair, but only two remain, providing pastors opportunities for both fundraising and showcasing faith-based hospitality. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell'Orto)
Women shop for Rakhi, a sacred thread, on the eve of the Raksha Bandhan festival in Ahmedabad, India, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023. Women tie the thread on the wrist of their brothers or men they regard as brothers during the festival which celebrates the brother-sister relationship. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
An attendee carries a wooden cross during 60th anniversary of the March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 26, 2023. RNS photo by Jack Jenkins
Attendees process along the National Mall reflecting pool during the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington on Aug. 26, 2023. RNS photo by Jack Jenkins
On Aug. 28, 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed the crowd gathered during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, delivering his "I Have a Dream" speech. RNS file photo
A U.S. Catholic nun, right, helps a woman practice phonetic pronunciation in a squatters barrio near San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in 1971. The program called Alfalit teaches literacy on a phonetic basis, starting with recognition of such phonetic groups as mama, papa, zapata, and casa. Americans and Hondurans were trained locally by instructors supported by Intermedia, an arm of the National Council of Churches' Department of Overseas Missions, the World Association for Christian Communication and the Agency for Christian Literature Development. Local agencies, in this case the Jesuit church in San Pedro Sula, supported the teachers' work and bought the books and materials. RNS archive photo by Steve Dunwell. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.
Eliyahu Barak, Israeli Ambassador to Colombia, right, is greeted by Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir on April 28, 1980, in Tel Aviv, Israel, after returning from his 61-day ordeal as hostage inside the Dominican Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. The takeover ended when Barak was released, along with the ambassadors of Egypt, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, at Bogota, while the 16 guerrillas of the 19th of April Movement flew with 12 remaining captives to Havana, Cuba, where all were set free. It was a quiet end to the two-month siege which began violently on Feb. 27, when the leftist terrorists shot their way into a diplomatic reception and seized 57 hostages. During earlier stages, 40 of these were released and the Uruguayan ambassador escaped. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.