Ash from Mount Sinabung volcano fills the sky over an abandoned church during another eruption in Karo, in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province on Friday
A Christian cleric, inspects the damage caused to the complex of the Church of Loaves and Fishes, on Tabgha, on the shores on the Sea of Galilee, Israel on Thursday
A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk’s Oktyabrski district, Ukraine.
Couples from around the world watch a musical in a mass wedding ceremony at the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea. 3,800 couples from more than fifty countries exchanged or reaffirmed marriage vows in the Unification Church’s mass wedding arranged by Hak Ja Han Moon, wife of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the church.
Full moon sets behind the parish church of Schoenach near Regensburg, southern Germany, on Wednesday
A Christian worshipper is seen inside the Grotto, where Christians believe Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus, at the Church of Nativity ahead of Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Wednesday
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An Iraqi Christian, who fled from her home because of Islamic State’s advance earlier this year, hangs up washed clothes to dry besides a displaced persons’ camp near Umm al-Nour Church, which is now home to hundreds of displaced Iraqi Christians in Erbil, Iraq.
Game keepers wear traditional dress to attend the funeral on Friday of John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill, the 11th Duke of Marlborough, who died last Thursday, aged 88. Blenheim Palace is a country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire in England and is the principal residence of the dukes of Marlborough.
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A Chinese Christian woman prays during a service at an underground independent Protestant Church in Beijing, China. China, an officially atheist country, places a number of restrictions on Christians and allows legal practice of the faith only at state-approved churches
Nigerian rescue workers search through rubble of the guesthouse that collapsed on September 12 at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria. The country’s National Emergency Management Agency says survivors are still being found
A Romanian Roma man teaches his son to pray during a religious service celebrating the Birth of the Virgin Mary at the Bistrita Monastery in Costesti, Romania
People angered by an attack on a church in central Bangui, the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic, take part in a protest. At least 15 people, including a priest, were killed and several others wounded in clashes on Wednesday, a military source said
Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral after he is appointed ninth Archbishop of Liverpool. He will be installed as Archbishop on May 1.
A cat hisses at a Great Dane dog while waiting to be anointed outside the San Anton church in Madrid on Friday. It is the animal’s patron saint day in which thousands of people all over Spain bring their pets to churches to be blessed.
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Choristers rehearse at St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday in London, UK. Each year about 2m people visit the cathedral for services and concerts in the run-up to Christmas.
A private guard stands near the damaged Basilica of the Holy Child following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines’ oldest church. The tremor collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines’ oldest church Tuesday morning, causing multiple deaths across the central region and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes.
Pakistani Christian worshippers, some of them who survived Sunday’s suicide bombing, pray during a special mass for the victims of the bombing, at the Church where the attack took place, in Peshawar, Pakistan on Monday. Angry Pakistani Christians denounced the deadliest attack ever in this country against members of their faith. A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan.
A woman holds toilet paper outside a public convenience near the Roman Catholic church during celebrations of the Assumption of Mary in Cacica, northern Romania on Thursday. The church, famous for it’s Black Madonna icon, was built by members of the Polish community and completed in 1904. In 2000, it was awarded the title of Basilica Minor by the late Pope John Paul II
People pray in Pretoria’s Petra church during a gospel mass on Sunday. Nelson Mandela, former South African president, remains in a critical condition in Pretoria’s Medi Clinic Heart hospital where emotional crowds continue to gather, as relatives and clan elders make preparations for the revered former leader’s final journey
Vocal ensemble I Fagiolini sing in St Bartholomew the Great church as Bridie Hooper of Circa performs ‘Stirrups’ on a high wire above on Tuesday in London. The show is part of the City of London Festival in which audiences will see and participate in music, dance, art, film and poetry performances in some of London’s iconic spaces and venues.