Photos of the Week: Shiite pilgrims; Francis visits Mongolia
By Kit Doyle · September 8, 2023
(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo gallery includes Pope Francis visiting Mongolia, Shiite pilgrims marking Arbaeen and more.
Shiite Muslim worshippers gather inside the holy shrine of Imam Hussein to commemorate the Arbaeen festival, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, in Karbala, Iraq. Arbaeen marks the end of the 40-day mourning period after the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, in the 7th century. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)
Shiite pilgrims commemorate the festival of Arbaeen on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, in Karbala, Iraq. With tens of millions of pilgrims, Arbaeen is often called the world's largest annual gathering. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)
Members of the Circolo San Placido devotional society carry a float with a new statue of the 6th century Saint Placid, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023, in Easton, Pennsylvania. The saint is the patron of Castel di Lucio in Sicily, the hometown of a large number of families that migrated to Pennsylvania in the 1890s. The procession included hymn-singing, refreshments, a brass band and veneration of a relic of the saint. The society’s previous statue, used since 1917, developed a crack at the beginning of COVID-19 that made it unsafe to carry. Reader submitted photo by Richard Mammana
People from a variety of faiths and groups march through Nairobi, Kenya, before the Africa Climate Summit, Monday, Sept. 4, 2023. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili
Tibetan monks circle the Sangpiling monastery, performing ritual prayers in Xiangcheng county, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of southwestern China's Sichuan province, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Schoolchildren attempt to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd, as part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami festival at Shivaji Shikshan Sanstha school in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023. The festival marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna and the act seeks to reenact the story of Lord Krishna stealing butter during his childhood. (AP Photo/Rajanish kakade)
Nuns of the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Saint Teresa, pray at her tomb on the saint's death anniversary in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
A burning car and a banner reading, "No to Quran burning. Don't abuse freedom of expression" at Ramel väg, in Malmo, Sweden, early Monday Sept. 4, 2023, was part of the unrest that erupted in an immigrant neighborhood in Sweden’s third largest city after an anti-Muslim protester set fire to the Quran. Police have been pelted with rocks and dozens of cars have been set on fire. (Johan Nilsson /TT News Agency via AP)
Mongolian President Ukhnaagin Khurelsukh, right, and Pope Francis meet Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023, in front of the Saaral Ordon Government Building in Sukhbaatar Square in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Pope Francis arrived in Mongolia on Friday morning for a four-day visit to encourage one of the world's smallest and newest Catholic communities. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Attendees get emotional at a Mass presided over by Pope Francis at the Steppe Arena in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar, Sept. 3, 2023. Francis was in Mongolia to minister to one of the world’s smallest and newest Catholic communities. (AP Photo/Louise Delmotte)
The moon rises over a statue of Jesus Christ during Pope Francis' weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Three young people man the "Switchboard," a telephone crisis intervention center, in San Francisco in 1971. Centers like this around the world filled the gap between persons with needs and the agencies established to fill those needs. Switchboard was started by a group of concerned citizens, but churches started centers in many cities. An organization called Contact Teleministry was established to coordinate the various church-sponsored telephone centers. RNS archive photo by Don Rutledge. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.
The Second Biennial Convention of the National Temperance Movement meets in Minneapolis, Minnesota in Dec. 1948. Dr. G. M. Bruce, from left, Dr. C. W. DeMille, the Rev. Wayne W. Womer and Dr. H. H. Parish discuss prospects for new officers for 1949. RNS archive photo by Lee and Palmer. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.