News Photos of the Week

Photos of the Week

(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes images from Eid al-Fitr, the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Samaritan holiday of Shavuot, the funeral of Leah Chase and more.

Clarence Dalcour releases a dove with family members of Leah Chase in front of her restaurant “Dooky Chase’s,” after a funeral procession from the church to the restaurant before her burial in New Orleans, Monday, June 10, 2019. Fellow chefs, musicians, family and friends were among hundreds of admirers who filed through the church on Monday to pay last respects to Chase, the “Queen of Creole Cuisine” who ran the family restaurant where civil rights strategies were discussed over gumbo and fried chicken in the 1950s and ’60s. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Palestinians spend the day on the beach during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday in Tel Aviv, Israel, June 7, 2019. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

SBC President J.D. Greear cries during a lamenting prayer ceremony over sexual abuse in the church during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, June 12, 2019 in Birmingham, Ala. RNS photo by Butch Dill.

Muslims stand at the entrance of the first state-funded mosque in Athens on June 7, 2019. After years of delays, the government agreed to build the mosque in an industrial area of Athens to serve the city’s Muslim migrant community. Education and Religion Minister Kostas Gavroglou said that the mosque will open in September 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Women dressed in the traditional clothes of the Sorbs carry the statue of Virgin Mary during a procession in the Roman Catholic pilgrimage church in Rosenthal, eastern Germany, June 10, 2019. Traditionally on the Monday after Pentecost, Catholic Sorbs, a Slavic minority near the German-Polish border, celebrate an open air mass in the small village east of Dresden. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

A group called The Mystic Seven Sisters participates in a funeral precession for the celebrated New Orleans chef Leah Chase, marching from St. Peter Claver Church to her restaurant, Dooky Chase’s, June 10, 2019. Fellow chefs, musicians, family and friends were among hundreds of admirers who filed through the church on Monday to pay last respects to Chase, the “Queen of Creole Cuisine” whose family restaurant hosted discussions of civil rights strategies over gumbo and fried chicken in the 1950s and ’60s. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

In this June 10, 2019 photo, a Rabha tribal Hindu priest performs rituals with lily flowers during the Baikho festival at Pantan village, west of Gauhati, India. Every year, the community in India’s northeastern state of Assam celebrates the festival to please a deity of wealth and ask for good rains and a good harvest. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

A participant in the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem, June 6, 2019. Thousands of people marched through the city, exposing deep divisions between Israel’s secular and Jewish ultra-Orthodox camps. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

South Bend, Ind. Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, right, listens to Rev. William Barber II speak at a rally protesting President Donald Trump’s policies outside of the White House in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

In this June 10, 2019 photo, a Rabha tribal Hindu priest pours traditional rice beer to a Rabha girl during the Baikho festival at Pantan village, west of Gauhati, India. Every year, the community in India’s northeastern state of Assam celebrates the festival to please a deity of wealth and ask for good rains and a good harvest. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

A baby is lifted and faithful cheer as Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Members of the ancient Samaritan community pray during the holiday of Shavuot on Mount Gerizim, near the West Bank town of Nablus on June 9, 2019. Samaritans are descended from the ancient Israelite tribes of Menashe and Efraim that broke away from mainstream Judaism 2,800 years ago. Today, the remaining 700 Samaritans live in the Palestinian city of Nablus in the West Bank and the Israeli seaside town of Holon, south of Tel Aviv. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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