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Photos of the Week

Children and their parents release birds celebrating the Annunciation on the eve of Orthodox Easter in front of the St. Tatiana Church in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Eastern Orthodox churches, which observe the ancient Julian calendar, usually celebrate Easter later then Western churches. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Photos of the Week: Easter, Holocaust Remembrance

By Jessi Dodge — April 9, 2021

(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo selection includes Easter, Ramadan preparations and more.     Add to Favorite Articles

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A family flies a kite in a field of flowers in Drapetsona, a suburb of Piraeus, near Athens, on Sunday, March 14, 2021. The coronavirus pandemic, which hit Cyprus and Greece especially hard this winter, threatened to ground an annual kite-flying tradition, an essential part of the celebration of Clean Monday, the first day of Orthodox Lent. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Photos of the Week: Orthodox Lent, Kashmiri Muslims

By Kit Doyle — March 19, 2021

(RNS) — This week’s photo selection includes the start of Lent for Orthodox Christians, Kashmiri Muslims and more.

A Hindu holy man takes a holy bath before praying during Shivratri festival on the Pashupatinath temple premises in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, March 11, 2021. Shivratri, or the night of Shiva, is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of death and destruction. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Photos of the Week: Night of Shiva, Myanmar protests

By Kit Doyle — March 12, 2021

(RNS) — This week’s photo gallery includes the Hindu Shivratri festival, continued Myanmar protests and more.

Pope Francis, center, delivers a speech during a meeting with bishops and priests, at the Sayidat al-Nejat (Our Lady of Salvation) Cathedral, in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, March 5, 2021. Pope Francis has arrived in Iraq to urge the country's dwindling number of Christians to remain and help rebuild the country after years of war and persecution, brushing aside the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Photos of the Week: Francis in Iraq, unrest in Myanmar

By Kit Doyle — March 5, 2021

(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo gallery includes the first papal visit to Iraq, more unrest in Myanmar following the military coup and more. Add to Favorite Articles

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children, several dressed in gravedigger costumes, celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim in Bnei Brak, Israel, Friday, Feb 26, 2021. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Photos of the Week: Purim in Israel, Magh Mela in India

By Kit Doyle — February 26, 2021

(RNS) — This week’s photo gallery includes costumed Purim celebrations in Israel, large Magh Mela gatherings in India and more

The new head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Porfirije, performs the liturgy ceremony in Congregational Church, in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.  Patriarch Porfirije replaces Patriarch Irinej, who died in November 2020 from COVID-19 complications. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Photos of the Week: Serbian Orthodox patriarch, Pachamama offerings

By Kit Doyle — February 19, 2021

(RNS) — This week’s photo selection includes the installment of a new Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch, Andean Pachamama rituals, the start of Lent and more.

Ethnic Chinese worshippers light joss sticks during Lunar New Year's Eve celebrations at a temple in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, late Thursday, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Photos of the Week: Carnival cancellations, Lunar New Year

By Kit Doyle — February 13, 2021

(RNS) — This week’s photo selection includes cancellations of Carnival celebrations, the Lunar New Year marking the Year of the Ox in the Chinese zodiac and more. 

A Sikh farmer carries a sword while returning to his makeshift tent at one of the three main protest sites, at Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. India's agriculture minister on Friday defended the new agriculture reform laws in Parliament, dampening hopes of any quick settlement with tens of thousands of protesting farmers demanding their repeal by blocking three highways connecting New Delhi to northern India for over two months now. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Photos of the Week: Kashmiri Muslims, death rites

By Kit Doyle — February 5, 2021

(RNS) — This week’s photo gallery includes Kashmiri Muslims, funerary rites around the world and more.

A model wears a creation by Haitian designer Mackenley Darius during a voodoo fashion show in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Mackenley, a former student of the National School of the Arts, is working to promote his country's culture, most especially voodoo, a religion that he feels is misunderstood. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Photos of the Week: Voodoo fashion, Candlemas preparations

By Kit Doyle — January 29, 2021

(RNS) — This week’s photo gallery includes a voodoo fashion show in Haiti, preparations for Candlemas Day in Mexico and more.

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts, as Jill Biden holds the Bible, during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Photos of the Week: Biden inauguration, Buddhist funeral in Nepal

By Kit Doyle — January 22, 2021

(RNS) — This week’s photo selection includes the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, a Buddhist funeral in Nepal and more.

A vendor winds strings for kites ahead of the Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti, in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. Kites are flown in many parts of India during the Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti, which marks the transition of winter to spring. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Photos of the Week: Black Nazarene procession cancelled, Makar Sankranti kite flying

By Kit Doyle — January 16, 2021

(RNS) — This week’s photo selection includes kite flying Makar Sankranti celebrations in India, the cancelled Black Nazarene procession in the Philippines and more.

Parishioners attend the Orthodox Christmas Mass in the Holy Trinity church in Iltsi village, Ivano-Frankivsk region of western Ukraine, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Although Ukraine is struggling to contain the coronavirus pandemic that has inundated its overburdened medical system with patients, Orthodox Christmas celebrations on Thursday occurred widely without masks or social distancing. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Photos of the Week: U.S. Capitol breached; Orthodox Christmas

By Kit Doyle — January 9, 2021

(RNS) — This week’s photo selection includes breaching of the U.S. Capitol, Orthodox Christmas, Epiphany and more.

A man wears a face mask in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican during Pope Francis' weekly general audience, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Photos of the Year

By Kit Doyle — December 31, 2020

(RNS) — This week’s selection looks back at the best photos from 2020.

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