Special Report: Religion Multimedia

Photos and panaromas documenting  religious events and trends around the world.
Photos and panaromas documenting religious events and trends around the world.
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African-American religious leaders in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia share their views on the Democratic candidates and issues ahead of Tuesday's Potomac Primary.
 
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This tight-knit group of Ethiopian Muslims convenes for prayer sessions and religious classes and helps African immigrants settle in the United States, all in an effort to preserve their religion.
 
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Unity Fellowship Church in Northwest Washington opens its doors to all denominations, races and sexual orientations.
 
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Ministers from the United House of Prayer for All People conduct an outdoor service for 800 worshippers, concluding in a mass baptism. The tradition of the baptism by fire hose started in the late 1920s.
 
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Experience the National Cathedral under the night sky on July 24, 2007.
 
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The former televangelist has died after a long battle with inoperable lung cancer.
 
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In a profoundly remote corner of Siberia, 5,000 people have given up their former lives to build an entire town from scratch, all for a man known to outsiders as the Jesus of Siberia.
 
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Progress continues toward completion of the Knights of Columbus Incarnation Dome, a ceiling mosaic at the Basilica of the National shrine of the Immaculate Conception. When it is finished, the dome will depict the biblical stories of the Transfiguration, the wedding at Cana, the Annunciation and the Nativity.
 
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Pastor Jim Shirlen of the Global Mission Church in Silver Spring, Md., knew it would be an emotional service. And though Shirlen isn't Korean, he believed he had to try to communicate to his mostly Korean-American congregation that the church would help them deal with the tragedy that left 33 students and faculty dead last week at Virginia Tech.
 
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A group of college-aged youth called Soulforce is currently conducting its second "Equality Ride," in which the group travels to evangelical colleges around the nation and tries to engage the student body in discussions on discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgendered people. The group visited Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., on Thursday.
 
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The Ganges River, fed primarily by a receeding glacier, could be the first place where global warming threatens religious ritual.
 
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Ruth Bell Graham, who pursued a vigorous if reclusive Christian ministry for six decades in the shadow of her famous husband, the Rev. Billy Graham, died June 14 at her home near Montreat, N.C. She was 87.
 
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Television evangelist Rev. Jerry Falwell, who founded the Moral Majority in an effort to shape the religious right into a political force, died Tuesday after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University. He was 73.
 
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Newcomers from a variety of ethnicities, races and faiths were baptized at Mother Seton Parish in Germantown, Md.
 
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The American Jewish Committee has been holding a seder for diplomats for the past 15 years. The event marks the start of Passover and is designed to promote understanding of the history and traditions of the holiday.
 
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On March 4, millions of Indians celebrated Holi, an exuberant Hindu festival that commemorates the coming of spring.
 
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Carnival, a period of celebration and indulgence before Lent, is a visual and musical spectacle in the Caribbean nation of Haiti.
 
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Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, the season of fasting and penitence leading up to Easter.
 
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Three young men, seated right, seek the aid of Sheik Yagoub Ali Hamid at his office in N'Djamena, the capital of Chad. Hamid is a "Faki," a uniquely African mixture of Islamic scholar and witch doctor. The men sought his help in solving a theft.
 
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Millions of Hindus are celerbating Ardh Kumb Mela, a 45-day festival that commemorates a mythical battle between gods and demons over the nectar of immortality.
 
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A dispute over where evangelist Billy Graham and his wife, Ruth Bell Graham, will one day be buried threatens to tear asunder what some have called the royal family of American religion.
 
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On Wednesday, local Muslim leaders visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum to honor the victims of the Holocaust and to denounce all forms of religious hatred.
 
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The pilgrimage to Mecca brings millions of Muslims together each year, meshing emotional, cultural and historical elements.
 
Faith in Prison
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Each week, Kimberly Johnson attends religious services in the Fairfax Adult Detention Center. A recovering drug addict, Kimberly re-devoted herself to her Baptist faith shortly before she was sent to prison.
 
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In Vietnam, Dr. Thu Bui was raised Buddhist, but later converted to Catholicism against the will of his parents. He eventually became one of the first members of Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Parish in Arlington, the first Vietnamese Catholic Parish in the U.S.
 
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After one month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world are celebrating the joyous festival of Eid al-Fitr, an Islamic holiday that marks the end of a time of self-denial and reflection during which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk.
 
Animal Blessing
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In celebration of St. Francis day, churches throughout the nation hold a special ceremony to bless animals. District residents came to the National Cathedral on Wednesday afternoon to have their pets blessed by its clergy.
 
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The congregation at St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, an Orthodox Christian church in Northwest D.C., pays particular attention to its youngest members, teaching them about a culture rich in food, dance, song and prayer.
 
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Rosh Hashanah, which rings in a new year in the Jewish calendar, is translated from Hebrew as "head of the year." The year that began Sept. 22 is 5767. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the the intense reflection during the annual, 10-day High Holidays period for Jews.
 
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The spiritual hub for roughly 18,000 D.C.-area Hindus hosted the Bhagavad Gita Jnana Yagyam, a 10-day event that celebrates the Hindu holy book and calls for world peace.
 
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Forty years since their founding, members of ISKCON, commonly known as Hare Krishnas, celebrated a Sandhya Arati, a Sunday evening service that drew devotees from around the region to their Potomac, MD temple.
 
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Former Washington, D.C. Archbishop Theodore McCarrick formally passes the torch to incoming Archbishop Donald Wuerl in an installation ceremony at the Basilica of the National Shrine.
 
Inside Ebenezer
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Ebenezer New Testament Church of God is a blend of about 20 cultures, a melting pot of spiritual traditions. The congregation sang, prayed and celebrated together at the first of three Sunday services on June 25, 2006.
 
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Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick's five-year stewardship of the Washington archdiocese has been marked by prolific fundraising, an influx of new priests, and outspoken leadership.
 
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A growing number of Latinos are redefining themselves through Islam, attracted by a devoutness, simiplicity and way of treating women that they prefer to the machismo culture they were raised in.
 
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Members of the early music group Chantry and members of Schola Cantorum of Saint Mary Mother of God church listen to the sermon given at the church May 25, during a traditional Tridentine Mass. The church celebrates the Tridentine Mass Sunday mornings and on holy days, including Ascension.
 
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Poland welcomed the German-born Pope Benedict XVI for a four-day visit aimed at honoring his predecessor, John Paul II, and healing wounds from World War II.
 
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Post photographer Michael Robinson Chavez documents Mahamastakabhisheka, a festival held every 12 years in Sravanabelagola, India, to commemorate the Jain saint Gomateshvara.
 
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The Lunar New Year is celebrated by more than a billion people around the world. The festival falls on the first day of the first lunar month, often one month later than the new year of the Gregorian calendar.
 
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Hispanic Catholics walk from Sacred Heart Church in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C., to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to celebrate the Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, singing, praying and dancing along the way.
 
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Rev. Tony Lee, pastor and founder of the Community of Hope church, holds Easter service at the Legend Nightclub Sunday.
 
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Anger grows in the Middle East after European publications reprint cartoon caricatures of Muslim prophet Muhammad.
 
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Israeli state archaeologists have discovered mosaics, pottery and other remains of a Roman-era Christian building on the grounds of a high-security prison in Megiddo.
 
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2005: In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, pet owners are invited to bring their animals to the annual Blessing of the Animals at the Washington National Cathedral.
 
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As people around the globe mark holy week, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his first Easter Sunday as pontiff.
 
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Celebrating his first Holy Week since his inauguration, Pope Benedict XVI presided over the Good Friday services in St. Peter's Basilica and the Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum in Rome.
 
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The National Geographic Society is displaying the first modern translation of the ancient "Gospel of Judas," which says that the most reviled villain in Christian history was simply doing his master's bidding when he betrayed Jesus.
 
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The Tibetan spiritual and political leader visited with local school children, held a private meeting with President Bush and spoke at MCI Center on "Global Peace through Compassion."
 

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