This Week In Pictures: Faith In Practice Around The World, February 1 to February 7

Humans express their faith in a multitude of ways. These photos capture the incredible diversity within faith practices that happen in our world in the span of just one week.

February 3: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan traditional dancers perform in front of the Gangarama Temple during the Navam Perahera festival in Colombo on February 3, 2015. Monks, drummers, dancers and some 50 trained elephants, mostly from entral part of the island, thronged into Colombo from various regions of Sri Lanka to participate in the city’s biggest two day annual Buddhist procession starting February 2.

February 3: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A Hindu devotee gets showered as part of a cleaning ritual before his pilgrimage during the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Thaipusam, which is celebrated in honor of Hindu god Lord Murugan, is an annual procession by Hindu devotees seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks.

February 4: Buenos Aires, Argentina
A woman marches holding a placard that reads “We are all Nisman” during a demonstration against the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman and the bombing of the AMIA. The 51-year-old special prosecutor was found dead at his home January 18, a day before he was to go before a congressional committee to make a bombshell accusation: that Kirchner shielded Iranian officials implicated in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish charities office, known as AMIA.

February 5: Washington, D.C., United States
President Barack Obama bows his head towards the Dalai Lama as he was recognized during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. The annual event brings together U.S. and international leaders from different parties and religions for an hour devoted to faith.

February 6: Seoul, South Korea
New priests lie on the floor during their priestly ordination ceremony at a gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. There are about 5.44 million Catholics in South Korea with a population of 49 million according to the government statistics in 2014.

February 6: San Francisco, United States
Students and supporters carry signs as they walk toward Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory after a vigil outside of St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco is getting pushback from some parents, students and teachers at parochial schools after unveiling faculty handbook language calling on teachers to lead their public and professional lives consistently with church teachings on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, birth control and other…

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