News Photos of the Week

Photos of the Week

Julia Stimson, 8, from Alexandria, Va., and other children participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on April 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression from around the world. This week’s gallery includes Easter celebrations, migrants in Mexico, protests in India, and more.

Julia Stimson, 8, from Alexandria, Va., and other children participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on April 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Pope Francis holds a candle as he presides over a solemn Easter vigil ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on March 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men of the Cohanim Priestly caste, some covering their heads with prayer shawls, participate in a blessing during the Jewish holiday of Passover, at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, the holiest site where Jews can pray, on April 2, 2018. The Cohanim, believed to be descendants of priests who served God in the Jewish Temple before it was destroyed, perform a blessing ceremony of the Jewish people three times a year during the festivals of Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

A woman spreads incense next to a relative’s grave at dawn in Copaciu, southern Romania, on April 5, 2018. On Maundy Thursday during the holy week of Easter, Orthodox Christians in small southern Romanian villages go to local graveyards before sunrise as part of a centuries-old ritual, light candles and small fires, release incense and leave small bags of food on the ground. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Indian policemen beat a lower caste Dalit protestor during a nationwide strike in Ahmadabad, India, on April 2, 2018. Violence has erupted in several parts of north and central India as thousands of dalits, members of Hinduism’s lowest caste, protest an order from the country’s top court that they say dilutes legal safeguards put in place for their marginalized community. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, delivers a speech during an arts biennial opening inside the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of Istanbul’s main tourist attractions, in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, on March 31, 2018. Turkey’s president recited an Islamic prayer in the Hagia Sophia, an Istanbul landmark that has become a symbol of interfaith and diplomatic tensions. Erdogan recited the Quran’s first verse to the “souls of all, especially Istanbul’s conqueror.” (Kayhan Ozer/Pool Photo via AP)

McKenna Denson speaks with reporters during a news conference on April 5, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Denson, who accused a former Mormon missionary training center director of raping her in the 1980s and the church of failing to take her allegations seriously, has sued the man and the church in a move that could bring more scrutiny to the religion’s handling of sexual abuse reports. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Chinese Bishop Joseph Li Shan, right, performs rites during a Holy Saturday mass on the evening before Easter at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a government-sanctioned Catholic church in Beijing, Saturday, March 31, 2018. China says restricting the Vatican’s control over the appointment of bishops does not infringe upon Chinese believers’ religious freedom. The remark during a State Council briefing comes as Beijing and the Holy See are negotiating an historic agreement over the method of selecting bishops in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

People hold signs resembling the placards carried by striking sanitation workers in 1968 as they join in events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. King was assassinated April 4, 1968, while in Memphis supporting striking sanitation workers. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Muslim women participate in a protest against the draft law to ban “Triple Talaq,” a Muslim practice of instant divorce. The draft law was approved last year by India’s lower house, in Mumbai, India, on March 31, 2018. Several opposition parties had criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government for not discussing the legislation with them before introducing it in parliament. The bill now needs the approval of the upper house of parliament, before it becomes law. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Central American migrants participating in the Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan, or “Via crucis,” set up camp at a sports center during the caravan’s several day stop in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, on April 2, 2018. The annual caravans have been held in southern Mexico for years as an Easter-season protest against the kidnappings, extortion, beatings and killings suffered by many Central American migrants as they cross Mexico. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

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