(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo gallery includes images from a busy week at the Vatican, Sukkot and more.
New cardinals during a consistory at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sept. 30, 2023. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Pope Francis leads a prayer vigil at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City on Sept. 30, 2023. (Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)
Dozens of women march to the Vatican, Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, calling for female ordination during the Synod on Synodality. RNS photo by Rev. Tom Reese
Pope Francis, sitting at right, participates in the opening session of the 16th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023. Pope Francis is convening a global gathering of bishops and laypeople to discuss the future of the Catholic Church, including some hot-button issues that have previously been considered off the table for discussion. Key agenda items include women's role in the church, welcoming LGBTQ+ Catholics, and how bishops exercise authority. For the first time, women and laypeople can vote on specific proposals alongside bishops. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Whirling dervishes perform outside the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, to mark the 750th anniversary of the death of the Sufi mystic poet known as Rumi or Mevlana. The 13th-century poet Mevlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi is considered to be the father of Sufism, and his death is considered in Sufism to be his reunion with God. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Members of the Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church celebrate Meskel on Oct. 1, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio. A holiday observed by both Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox churches, Meskel commemorates the fourth-century discovery by Queen Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine I, of the True Cross upon which Jesus Christ was believed to have been crucified. The smoke of a ceremonial bonfire is said to have led her to the location where the cross was buried. Photo by Lauren Pond
Meskel is typically observed on September 27 or 28, but the Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Columbus, Ohio, moved its observance to Sunday, Oct. 1, in order to accommodate congregants' work schedules, said Moses Haregewoyn, the head priest, center. Photo by Lauren Pond
Ultra-Orthodox Jews wearing prayer shawls perform the Hoshana Rabbah prayer on the seventh day of the weeklong Jewish holiday of Sukkot, at the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem's Old City, Friday, Oct. 6, 2023. The holiday commemorates the Israelites 40 years of wandering in the desert and a decorated hut is erected outside religious households as a sign of temporary shelter. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Jewish worshippers pray during the weeklong Jewish holiday of Sukkot, next to one of the gates to the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary or the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)
Auxiliary Bishop Juan Esposito directs a prayer during the annual Red Mass with Chief Justice John Roberts in attendance at St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington, on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. The Supreme Court's new term starts Monday, Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
The Rev. Angela Meyer, second from left, of Catholics for Choice directs a Green Mass as a protest to the Supreme Court Red Mass, outside St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. The Supreme Court's new term starts Monday, Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Douglas Fairbanks Jr., right, presents the 7,000,000th CARE package to David B. Vaughan, acting Secretary General of the United Nations, at Rockefeller Center in Manhatan, New York, in Nov. 1948. The presentation was part of a celebration of the third anniversary of CARE (Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe), with youth dressed in international costumes. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.
Posters in the window of the Hattiesburg, Miss. offices of the National Council of Churches' Mississippi Delta Ministry call attention to various phases of the long-range relief, rehabilitation and education program among impoverished Blacks and whites in 1966. Hailed by many and criticized by others, largely for its encouragement of Black voter registration and efforts to organize laborers, the Ministry is the first such project in this country to receive support from the World Council of Churches. Headquartered in Greenville, Ministry centers also are maintained in Cleveland, Hattiesburg and McComb, Miss. RNS archive photo by Bruce Hilton. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.