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 Catholic and Baptist clergy sexual abuse issues, the end of the Lunar New Year, and more.

People gather at République square to protest against anti-Semitism, in Paris, France, on Feb. 19, 2019. The banner refers to French jews assassinated recently with the words reading: “It is enough.” In Paris and dozens of other French cities, ordinary citizens and officials across the political spectrum geared up Tuesday to march and rally against anti-Semitism, following a series of anti-Semitic acts that shocked the nation. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

A man selling chicken sits in an area recently retaken by U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from Islamic State militants in Hajin, Syria, on Feb. 16, 2019. President Trump has claimed that the Islamic State has been fully eradicated, although many disagree. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Tibetan Buddhist monks and other devotees watch Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on a television as he gives a religious talk at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India, on Feb. 19, 2019. Hundreds of Tibetans and other devotees gathered to mark the auspicious 15th day of the Tibetan new year with prayers. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

A child watches a dragon dance performance during the Lantern Festival organized by city government at a square in Yufa town of Beijing’s Daxing district on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Tuesday marked the Lantern Festival in China, the final day of the annual celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Masked people stand on a gondola as part of the Carnival in Venice, Italy, on Feb. 16, 2019. The Venice carnival in the historical lagoon city attracts people from around the world. Carnival indulgences lead up to Lent, which highlights sacrifices before Easter. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Activists in Poland pull down a statue of a prominent deceased priest, Father Henryk Jankowski, who allegedly sexually abused minors, in Gdansk, Poland, on Feb. 21, 2019. The activists said it was an act of protest against the Polish Catholic Church for failing in resolving the problem of clergy sex abuse. The protest comes as Pope Francis has gathered church leaders from around the world at the Vatican to grapple with the church’s sex abuse crisis. (AP Photo/Bartek Sabela/Gazeta Wyborcza)

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear speaks to the denomination’s executive committee on Feb. 18, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Just days after a newspaper investigation revealed hundreds of sexual abuse cases by Southern Baptist ministers and lay leaders over the past two decades, Greear spoke about plans to address the problem. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Children carry pictures of murdered community activist Samir Flores Soberanes as they walk behind his coffin in Amilcingo, Mexico, on Feb. 21, 2019. Flores, who was fighting against a plan to build a gas pipeline through his central Mexico town, was killed Wednesday, three days before a scheduled public referendum on the energy generation project. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Protestors throw stones during a clash between communities while protesting against Thursday’s attack on a paramilitary convoy that killed at least 40 in Kashmir, in Jammu, India, on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed the blame for Thursday’s bombing squarely on neighboring Pakistan, which India accuses of supporting rebels in Kashmir. The attack has raised tensions elsewhere in Hindu-majority India. Hundreds of residents carrying India’s national flag in Hindu-dominated Jammu city in the Muslim-majority state burned vehicles and hurled rocks at homes in Muslim neighborhoods, officials said. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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