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CHINA-SHIPPING/
RTX7X4FS
September 22, 2020
A priest blesses the CMA CGM Jacques Saade, one of the ships that the French firm CMA CGM ordered from...
Shanghai, China
A priest blesses the CMA CGM Jacques Saade, one of the ships that the French firm CMA CGM ordered from...
A priest blesses the CMA CGM Jacques Saade, one of the ships that the French firm CMA CGM ordered from China, and its crew members, during a naming ceremony ahead of its maiden voyage, at the port of Shanghai, China, September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTX7W2E2
September 17, 2020
A Hindu priest wearing a protective mask worships next to weapons belonging to Tripura State Rifles during...
Agartala, India
A Hindu priest worships next to weapons belonging to Tripura State Rifles during the Vishwakarma Puja...
A Hindu priest wearing a protective mask worships next to weapons belonging to Tripura State Rifles during the Vishwakarma Puja, the festival of the Hindu deity of architecture and machinery, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Agartala, India, September 17, 2020. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey
COLOMBIA-POLICE/
RTX7VZAU
September 16, 2020
A priest presides a mass during the funeral of Javier Ordonez, who died after being detained by the police,...
Bogota, Colombia
A priest presides a mass during the funeral of Javier Ordonez, who died after being detained by the police,...
A priest presides a mass during the funeral of Javier Ordonez, who died after being detained by the police, in Bogota, Colombia September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/POPE-PRIEST
RTX7VV2G
September 16, 2020
Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience at the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican, September...
Vatican, Vatican City
Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience at the Vatican
Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience at the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican, September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/NEPAL-FESTIVAL
RTX7VHOY
September 14, 2020
Priests carry the idol of Rato Machhindranath into the temple as the chariot festival of Rato Machhindranath...
LALITPUR, Nepal
Priests carry the idol of Rato Machhindranath into the temple as the chariot festival of Rato Machhindranath...
Priests carry the idol of Rato Machhindranath into the temple as the chariot festival of Rato Machhindranath concludes amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Bungamati in Lalitpur, Nepal September 14, 2020. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/NEPAL-FESTIVAL
RTX7VHOZ
September 14, 2020
Priests prepare to carry the idol of Rato Machhindranath into the temple as the chariot festival of Rato...
LALITPUR, Nepal
Priests prepare to carry the idol of Rato Machhindranath into the temple as the chariot festival of Rato...
Priests prepare to carry the idol of Rato Machhindranath into the temple as the chariot festival of Rato Machhindranath concludes amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Bungamati in Lalitpur, Nepal September 14, 2020. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Taoist priest honors China’s coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
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HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0Z
September 10, 2020
Priest Xia Shiran, 25, sweeps stairs on the day of Hungry Ghost Festival, at Taoist monastery Jiuyang...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Xia Shiran, 25, sweeps stairs on the day of Hungry Ghost Festival, at Taoist monastery Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 2, 2020. Shiran encountered priest Liang Xingyang's Weibo channel. He was surprised that a Taoist priest could be so active on social media. Out of curiosity, he started to learn more about him. In 2015, he was converted to Taoism and two years later he started living in the temple. "Almost everyone has a fantasy about Taoist life as if priests don't ever eat or walk, or don't use money. After I became one, I realized that they are normal people, and everyone is just studying non-stop," Shiran said. "From here above we can see the downhill villages. It's definitely more convenient to eat and commute in the city. However they might dream of better air quality, slower pace of life and quieter natural environment we have up here. When life on the mountain becomes hard, I think of those who envy our lives. Everyone has different moments of happiness and comfort though each of us envies others." REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0W
September 10, 2020
Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace and Jiuyang Pagoda stand in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China,...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace and Jiuyang Pagoda stand in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 1, 2020. The monastery complex, where a small community of priests lives, sleeps, eats and worships, is spread across a rocky hill. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0V
September 10, 2020
Priest Deng Shiquan, 28, a former restaurant worker, pushes a shopping cart next to priest Cao Shijing,...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Deng Shiquan, 28, a former restaurant worker, pushes a shopping cart next to priest Cao Shijing, 45, outside a supermarket after buying groceries to take to the Jiuyang Palace, a Taoist monastery, in Yangli county, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 6, 2020. Shiquan converted to Taoism in 2015. "I have never been the Type A student, nor the type who acquired a high academic degree. I don't have any specialty or a clever mind. But by following my master Liang, I can feel myself improving, in studying knowledge and socializing with people," Shiquan said. "It's enough for us as long as we run our Taoist rites well, complete things we are obliged to do. I don't know how to say pretty words, but only know one simple thing, which is to always give a hand to those who are in need." REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0S
September 10, 2020
Taoist priest Liang Xingyang, 41, carries a gas container as priest Huang Xingzhen films him for his...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Taoist priest Liang Xingyang, 41, carries a gas container as priest Huang Xingzhen films him for his Douyin, or Tiktok channel at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 6, 2020. Liang, who has a following of three million people on China's Twitter-like Weibo, does get help from young people who have joined him over the years. "The hardest thing is to keep going," Liang said. "We maintain them (the tablets) every day. Then we wait to see if, once this disaster has finished, will people still remember them? It is this which is the biggest hurdle." REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0R
September 10, 2020
In a room inside a hillside Taoist monastery in China's Shandong province lies a collection of 558 memorial...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
In a room inside a hillside Taoist monastery in China's Shandong province lies a collection of 558 memorial tablets inscribed with the names and hometowns of people who died after contracting the coronavirus or while battling the pandemic. "A person's true death is when the whole world has forgotten them," said Taoist priest Liang Xingyang, who started the collection on Jan. 29, shortly after Chinese authorities announced that the virus could pass between humans. "No matter what religion or beliefs they hold, their spirit deserves to be passed on. In fact, they live on in our hearts." Taoism, or Daoism, is a philosophy-turned-religion that has tens of millions of followers in China and is one of the country's five officially sanctioned religions. Taoists use memorial tablets to give souls a place to rest after death, Liang said. The monastery complex, where a small community of priests lives, sleeps, eats and worships, is spread across a rocky hill. As of September 8, there have been 85,146 confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China and 4,634 people have died. Globally, at least 897,000 people have died from COVID-19 and over 27 million have been infected. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0Q
September 10, 2020
Priest Shang Shishen, 27, carries a basket with food as he climbs up the stairs leading to Taoist temple...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Shang Shishen, 27, carries a basket with food as he climbs up the stairs leading to Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 6, 2020. Shishen is a priest studying his second year at a Taoist college at Wudang Mountain in Hubei province. He is an apprentice of Priest Liang Xingyang. Shishen came to the Jiuyang palace during his summer vacation and to help out in the monastery. "Different person turns to Taoism due to different reasons. Some are hoping to cut off the tie with the real world to experience themselves, some for their interests in Taoism," Shishen said. "I was drawn to it, in hoping to seek answers about life and death. My family member's passing away has stricken me hard. Since then, I wanted to know more about the life and death, and religion is my way leading to that." REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0P
September 10, 2020
Priest Xia Shiran, 25, holds scripture books and offerings in preparation for a memorial ceremony on...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Xia Shiran, 25, holds scripture books and offerings in preparation for a memorial ceremony on the day of Hungry Ghost Festival, at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 2, 2020. Shiran encountered priest Liang Xingyang's Weibo channel. He was surprised that a Taoist priest could be so active on social media. Out of curiosity, he started to learn more about him. In 2015, he was converted to Taoism and two years later he started living in the temple. "Almost everyone has a fantasy about Taoist life as if priests don't ever eat or walk, or don't use money. After I became one, I realized that they are normal people, and everyone is just studying non-stop," Shiran said. "From here above we can see the downhill villages. It's definitely more convenient to eat and commute in the city. However they might dream of better air quality, slower pace of life and quieter natural environment we have up here. When life on the mountain becomes hard, I think of those who envy our lives. Everyone has different moments of happiness and comfort though each of us envies others." REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0O
September 10, 2020
Priest Zhang Zongyan, 27, a politics study graduate, looks at an instruction of pesticide that priest...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Zhang Zongyan, 27, a politics study graduate, looks at an instruction of pesticide that priest Deng Shiquan (R2), 28, a former restaurant worker, bought in Yangli county as Priest Xia Shiran (L), 25, stands by, at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 6, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0N
September 10, 2020
Taoist priest Liang Xingyang, 41, takes over an empty gas container from an apprentice as he attempts...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Taoist priest Liang Xingyang, 41, takes over an empty gas container from an apprentice as he attempts to carry it downhill, at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 6, 2020. Liang, who has a following of three million people on China's Twitter-like Weibo, does get help from young people who have joined him over the years. "The hardest thing is to keep going," Liang said. "We maintain them (the tablets) every day. Then we wait to see if, once this disaster has finished, will people still remember them? It is this which is the biggest hurdle." REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0M
September 10, 2020
Taoist priest Liang Xingyang, 41, pays tribute to Taoist gods before moving tablets on the day of Hungry...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Taoist priest Liang Xingyang, 41, pays tribute to Taoist gods before moving tablets on the day of Hungry Ghost Festival, at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China September 2, 2020. A collection of 558 memorial tablets are inscribed with the names and hometowns of people who died after contracting the coronavirus or while battling the pandemic. "A person's true death is when the whole world has forgotten them," said Xingyang, who started the collection on Jan. 29, shortly after Chinese authorities announced that the virus could pass between humans. "No matter what religion or beliefs they hold, their spirit deserves to be passed on. In fact, they live on in our hearts." Of those honoured by the tablets, only a minority died of COVID-19. Most died from other causes, like exhaustion from overwork, Liang said. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0L
September 10, 2020
Priest Zhang Zongyan, 27, a politics study graduate, arranges memorial tablets at Taoist temple Jiuyang...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Zhang Zongyan, 27, a politics study graduate, arranges memorial tablets at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 7, 2020. During her studies, Zongyan unexpectedly encountered a Taoist ceremony on her trip. She visited a Taoist temple where she first experienced Taoist music and dance. She was fascinated by the rhythm and costumes. After her graduation, Zongyan worked for a year but more she learned about the Taoism, the more she was drawn to it. She then made her mind to quit her job and focus on studying Taoism. Five years ago, Zongyan was converted to Taoism in her home town. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0F
September 10, 2020
A priest live-streams with the phone of Taoist priest Liang Xingyang, 41, who is moving memorial tablets,...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
A priest live-streams with the phone of Taoist priest Liang Xingyang, 41, who is moving memorial tablets, on the day of Hungry Ghost Festival, at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China September 2, 2020. A collection of 558 memorial tablets are inscribed with the names and hometowns of people who died after contracting the coronavirus or while battling the pandemic. "A person's true death is when the whole world has forgotten them," said Xingyang, who started the collection on Jan. 29, shortly after Chinese authorities announced that the virus could pass between humans. "No matter what religion or beliefs they hold, their spirit deserves to be passed on. In fact, they live on in our hearts." Of those honoured by the tablets, only a minority died of COVID-19. Most died from other causes, like exhaustion from overwork, Liang said. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0C
September 10, 2020
Priest Xia Shiran, 25, chants and dances at a memorial ceremony during Hungry Ghost Festival celebrations...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Xia Shiran, 25, chants and dances at a memorial ceremony during Hungry Ghost Festival celebrations at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 1, 2020. Shiran encountered priest Liang Xingyang's Weibo channel. He was surprised that a Taoist priest could be so active on social media. Out of curiosity, he started to learn more about him. In 2015, he was converted to Taoism and two years later he started living in the temple. "Almost everyone has a fantasy about Taoist life as if priests don't ever eat or walk, or don't use money. After I became one, I realized that they are normal people, and everyone is just studying non-stop," Shiran said. "From here above we can see the downhill villages. It's definitely more convenient to eat and commute in the city. However they might dream of better air quality, slower pace of life and quieter natural environment we have up here. When life on the mountain becomes hard, I think of those who envy our lives. Everyone has different moments of happiness and comfort though each of us envies others." REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0E
September 10, 2020
Priests chant while they burn offerings at a memorial ceremony during Hungry Ghost Festival celebrations,...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priests chant while they burn offerings at a memorial ceremony during Hungry Ghost Festival celebrations, at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0D
September 10, 2020
Priests place memorial tablets on stairs on the day of Hungry Ghost Festival, at Taoist temple Jiuyang...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priests place memorial tablets on stairs on the day of Hungry Ghost Festival, at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 2, 2020. A collection of 558 memorial tablets are inscribed with the names and hometowns of people who died after contracting the coronavirus or while battling the pandemic. "A person's true death is when the whole world has forgotten them," said priest Liang Xingyang, who started the collection on Jan. 29, shortly after Chinese authorities announced that the virus could pass between humans. "No matter what religion or beliefs they hold, their spirit deserves to be passed on. In fact, they live on in our hearts." Of those honoured by the tablets, only a minority died of COVID-19. Most died from other causes, like exhaustion from overwork, Liang said. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0B
September 10, 2020
A woman from Beijing kneels before priest Liang Xingyang, 41, at her conversion ceremony at Taoist temple...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
A woman from Beijing kneels before priest Liang Xingyang, 41, at her conversion ceremony at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 1, 2020. Liang, who has a following of three million people on China's Twitter-like Weibo, does get help from young people who have joined him over the years. "The hardest thing is to keep going," Liang said. "We maintain them (the tablets) every day. Then we wait to see if, once this disaster has finished, will people still remember them? It is this which is the biggest hurdle." REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ0A
September 10, 2020
Priest Xia Shiran, 25, chants during a memorial ceremony at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Xia Shiran, 25, chants during a memorial ceremony at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan, Shandong province, China, September 6, 2020. Shiran encountered priest Liang Xingyang's Weibo channel. He was surprised that a Taoist priest could be so active on social media. Out of curiosity, he started to learn more about him. In 2015, he was converted to Taoism and two years later he started living in the temple. "Almost everyone has a fantasy about Taoist life as if priests don't ever eat or walk, or don't use money. After I became one, I realized that they are normal people, and everyone is just studying non-stop," Shiran said. "From here above we can see the downhill villages. It's definitely more convenient to eat and commute in the city. However they might dream of better air quality, slower pace of life and quieter natural environment we have up here. When life on the mountain becomes hard, I think of those who envy our lives. Everyone has different moments of happiness and comfort though each of us envies others." REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ09
September 10, 2020
Priests chant at a memorial ceremony during Hungry Ghost Festival celebrations at Taoist temple Jiuyang...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priests chant at a memorial ceremony during Hungry Ghost Festival celebrations at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ08
September 10, 2020
The widow of Liu, 42, attends a memorial ceremony to see her late husband's tablet on the day of Hungry...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
The widow of Liu, 42, attends a memorial ceremony to see her late husband's tablet on the day of Hungry Ghost Festival, at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 2, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ05
September 10, 2020
Priest Wang Shixiu, priest Liang Xingyang, and priest Cao Shijing, 45, play with Priest Cao's dog at...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Wang Shixiu, priest Liang Xingyang, and priest Cao Shijing, 45, play with Priest Cao's dog at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 1, 2020. Shijing was converted to Taosim by priest Liang Xingyang in 2014 but has been living in the city as a disciple. After her daughter began her new life in the university in Beijing, she decided to move with her dog to the monastery, to become a real Taoist priest. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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RTX7UJ04
September 10, 2020
Priest Liang Xingyang washes his hair at a makeshift bathroom at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Liang Xingyang washes his hair at a makeshift bathroom at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China September 7, 2020. Liang, who has a following of three million people on China's Twitter-like Weibo, does get help from young people who have joined him over the years. "The hardest thing is to keep going," Liang said. "We maintain them (the tablets) every day. Then we wait to see if, once this disaster has finished, will people still remember them? It is this which is the biggest hurdle." REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ03
September 10, 2020
Priests use their phones as they rest after a memorial ceremony at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priests use their phones as they rest after a memorial ceremony at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 2, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UJ02
September 10, 2020
Priest Huang Xingzhen, 30, cleans up used incense sticks from an incense burner at Taoist temple Jiuyang...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Huang Xingzhen, 30, cleans up used incense sticks from an incense burner at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 6, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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RTX7UJ01
September 10, 2020
Priest Xia Shiran, 25, prepares for a memorial ceremony on the day of Hungry Ghost Festival, at Taoist...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Xia Shiran, 25, prepares for a memorial ceremony on the day of Hungry Ghost Festival, at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 2, 2020. Shiran encountered priest Liang Xingyang's Weibo channel. He was surprised that a Taoist priest could be so active on social media. Out of curiosity, he started to learn more about him. In 2015, he was converted to Taoism and two years later he started living in the temple. "Almost everyone has a fantasy about Taoist life as if priests don't ever eat or walk, or don't use money. After I became one, I realized that they are normal people, and everyone is just studying non-stop," Shiran said. "From here above we can see the downhill villages. It's definitely more convenient to eat and commute in the city. However they might dream of better air quality, slower pace of life and quieter natural environment we have up here. When life on the mountain becomes hard, I think of those who envy our lives. Everyone has different moments of happiness and comfort though each of us envies others." REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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RTX7UJ00
September 10, 2020
Priest Shang Shishen, 27, puts on a jumper, a souvenir from Jiuyang Palace Taoist temple, before he leaves...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Shang Shishen, 27, puts on a jumper, a souvenir from Jiuyang Palace Taoist temple, before he leaves for a Taoist school, at Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 7, 2020. Shishen is a priest studying his second year at a Taoist college at Wudang Mountain in Hubei province. He is an apprentice of Priest Liang Xingyang. Shishen came to the Jiuyang palace during his summer vacation and to help out in the monastery. "Different person turns to Taoism due to different reasons. Some are hoping to cut off the tie with the real world to experience themselves, some for their interests in Taoism," Shishen said. "I was drawn to it, in hoping to seek answers about life and death. My family member's passing away has stricken me hard. Since then, I wanted to know more about the life and death, and religion is my way leading to that." REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UIZZ
September 10, 2020
Priest Zhang Zongyan, 27, a politics study graduate, dances at a memorial ceremony during Hungry Ghost...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Zhang Zongyan, 27, a politics study graduate, dances at a memorial ceremony during Hungry Ghost Festival celebrations, at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 1, 2020. During her studies, Zongyan unexpectedly encountered a Taoist ceremony on her trip. She visited a Taoist temple where she first experienced Taoist music and dance. She was fascinated by the rhythm and costumes. After her graduation, Zongyan worked for a year but more she learned about the Taoism, the more she was drawn to it. She then made her mind to quit her job and focus on studying Taoism. Five years ago, Zongyan was converted to Taoism in her home town. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UIZY
September 10, 2020
Priest Zhang Zongyan, 27, a politics study graduate, plays dulcimer during at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace,...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Zhang Zongyan, 27, a politics study graduate, plays dulcimer during at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 1, 2020. During her studies, Zongyan unexpectedly encountered a Taoist ceremony on her trip. She visited a Taoist temple where she first experienced Taoist music and dance. She was fascinated by the rhythm and costumes. After her graduation, Zongyan worked for a year but more she learned about the Taoism, the more she was drawn to it. She then made her mind to quit her job and focus on studying Taoism. Five years ago, Zongyan was converted to Taoism in her home town. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UIZX
September 10, 2020
Priest Deng Shiquan, 28, a former restaurant worker, uses laptop at the office of Taoist temple Jiuyang...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Deng Shiquan, 28, a former restaurant worker, uses laptop at the office of Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 2, 2020. Shiquan converted to Taoism in 2015. "I have never been the Type A student, nor the type who acquired a high academic degree. I don't have any specialty or a clever mind. But by following my master Liang, I can feel myself improving, in studying knowledge and socializing with people," Shiquan said. "It's enough for us as long as we run our Taoist rites well, complete things we are obliged to do. I don't know how to say pretty words, but only know one simple thing, which is to always give a hand to those who are in need." REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UIZW
September 10, 2020
Priest Zhang Zongyan, 27, a politics study graduate, points a thermometer at priest Xia Shiran, 25, for...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Zhang Zongyan, 27, a politics study graduate, points a thermometer at priest Xia Shiran, 25, for fun at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 7, 2020. During her studies, Zongyan unexpectedly encountered a Taoist ceremony on her trip. She visited a Taoist temple where she first experienced Taoist music and dance. She was fascinated by the rhythm and costumes. After her graduation, Zongyan worked for a year but more she learned about the Taoism, the more she was drawn to it. She then made her mind to quit her job and focus on studying Taoism. Five years ago, Zongyan was converted to Taoism in her home town. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UIZV
September 10, 2020
Priest Wang Shixiu, makes marks on talismans in preparation for memorial ceremonies during Hungry Ghost...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Wang Shixiu, makes marks on talismans in preparation for memorial ceremonies during Hungry Ghost Festival celebrations, at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UIZU
September 10, 2020
Memorial tablets are seen inside a hall at a Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan, Shandong...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Memorial tablets are seen inside a hall at a Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan, Shandong province, China, September 7, 2020. A collection of 558 memorial tablets are inscribed with the names and hometowns of people who died after contracting the coronavirus or while battling the pandemic. "A person's true death is when the whole world has forgotten them," said priest Liang Xingyang, who started the collection on Jan. 29, shortly after Chinese authorities announced that the virus could pass between humans. "No matter what religion or beliefs they hold, their spirit deserves to be passed on. In fact, they live on in our hearts." Of those honoured by the tablets, only a minority died of COVID-19. Most died from other causes, like exhaustion from overwork, Liang said. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UIZT
September 10, 2020
Priest Lu Zongping, 57, looks at priest Zhang Zongyan (not pictured) as they make a figurine offering...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Lu Zongping, 57, looks at priest Zhang Zongyan (not pictured) as they make a figurine offering for an evening memorial ceremony at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 6, 2020. Zongping was in charge of the finance of a local Taoist temple in her home town before she was converted to Taoism several years ago. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UIZS
September 10, 2020
Priest Xia Shiran, 25, takes off his socks before bedtime in his bedroom inside Taoist temple Jiuyang...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Xia Shiran, 25, takes off his socks before bedtime in his bedroom inside Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 6, 2020. Shiran encountered priest Liang Xingyang's Weibo channel. He was surprised that a Taoist priest could be so active on social media. Out of curiosity, he started to learn more about him. In 2015, he was converted to Taoism and two years later he started living in the temple. "Almost everyone has a fantasy about Taoist life as if priests don't ever eat or walk, or don't use money. After I became one, I realized that they are normal people, and everyone is just studying non-stop," Shiran said. "From here above we can see the downhill villages. It's definitely more convenient to eat and commute in the city. However they might dream of better air quality, slower pace of life and quieter natural environment we have up here. When life on the mountain becomes hard, I think of those who envy our lives. Everyone has different moments of happiness and comfort though each of us envies others." REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UIZR
September 10, 2020
Priest Lu Zongping, 57, distributes porridge as priest Chen Hongyu holds a bowl of steamed buns for dinner...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Lu Zongping, 57, distributes porridge as priest Chen Hongyu holds a bowl of steamed buns for dinner at Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 6, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-TAOISM
RTX7UIZQ
September 10, 2020
Priest Chen Hongyu (R) and priest Shang Shishen, 27, (L4) bow to priest Liang Xingyang as they leave...
Laiwu, China
The Wider Image: Taoist priest honours China's coronavirus dead with memorial tablets
Priest Chen Hongyu (R) and priest Shang Shishen, 27, (L4) bow to priest Liang Xingyang as they leave the temple for returning a Taoist college for the new semester, at the entrance of Taoist temple Jiuyang Palace, in Laiwu of Jinan city, Shandong province, China, September 7, 2020. Shishen is a priest studying his second year at a Taoist college at Wudang Mountain in Hubei province. He is an apprentice of Priest Liang Xingyang. Shishen came to the Jiuyang Palace during his summer vacation and to help out in the monastery. "Different person turns to Taoism due to different reasons. Some are hoping to cut off the tie with the real world to experience themselves, some for their interests in Taoism," Shishen said. "I was drawn to it, in hoping to seek answers about life and death. My family member's passing away has stricken me hard. Since then, I wanted to know more about the life and death, and religion is my way leading to that." REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "TAOISM TINGSHU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/POPE
RTX7T1ER
September 02, 2020
A priest is silhouetted along Via della Conciliazione street, near to the Vatican City, at the first...
Rome, Italy
First weekly general audience led by Pope Francis since COVID-19
A priest is silhouetted along Via della Conciliazione street, near to the Vatican City, at the first weekly general audience led by Pope Francis, open to the public for first time since the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rome, Italy, September 2, 2020. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
CLIMATE-CHANGE/BRITAIN-PROTESTS
RTX7SY9M
September 01, 2020
Police officers detain a priest protesting during a "peaceful disruption" of British Parliament as lawmakers...
London, United Kingdom
Extinction Rebellion climate activists protest in London
Police officers detain a priest protesting during a "peaceful disruption" of British Parliament as lawmakers return from the summer recess, at Parliament Square in London, Britain September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
SOUTHASIA-FLOODS/
RTX7SQ00
August 31, 2020
Hindu priests wearing protective face masks perform "havan" (traditional fire ritual) to appease gods...
Ahmedabad, India
Hindu priests wearing protective face masks perform "havan" to appease gods to stop rain and to save...
Hindu priests wearing protective face masks perform "havan" (traditional fire ritual) to appease gods to stop rain and to save humanity from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) inside a temple premises in Ahmedabad, India, August 31, 2020. REUTERS/Amit Dave
BELARUS-ELECTION/PROTESTS
RTX7RZKB
August 27, 2020
A priest approaches women as they form a human chain in front of the Church of Saints Simon and Helena...
Minsk, Belarus
Opposition rally to protest against presidential election results in Minsk
A priest approaches women as they form a human chain in front of the Church of Saints Simon and Helena during a rally against presidential election results, at the Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus August 27, 2020. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
BELARUS-ELECTION/PROTESTS
RTX7RH7B
August 24, 2020
A priest holds a cross as he stands in front of participants during an opposition demonstration to protest...
Minsk, Belarus
Opposition demonstration to protest against presidential election results in Minsk
A priest holds a cross as he stands in front of participants during an opposition demonstration to protest against presidential election results at the Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus August 24, 2020. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
BELARUS-ELECTION/PROTESTS
RTX7RH74
August 24, 2020
A priest holds a cross as he stands in front of participants during an opposition demonstration to protest...
Minsk, Belarus
Opposition demonstration to protest against presidential election results in Minsk
A priest holds a cross as he stands in front of participants during an opposition demonstration to protest against presidential election results at the Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus August 24, 2020. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/COLOMBIA-CHURCH
RTX7RC45
August 23, 2020
A priest leads a drive-in mass celebrated in a parking lot, amidst an outbreak of the coronavirus disease...
Chia, Colombia
A priest leads a drive-in mass celebrated in a parking lot, amidst an outbreak of the coronavirus disease...
A priest leads a drive-in mass celebrated in a parking lot, amidst an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Chia, Colombia August 23, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/COLOMBIA-CHURCH
RTX7RC3Y
August 23, 2020
A priest wearing a face mask leads a drive-in mass celebrated in a parking lot, amidst an outbreak of...
Chia, Colombia
A priest wearing a face mask leads a drive-in mass celebrated in a parking lot, amidst an outbreak of...
A priest wearing a face mask leads a drive-in mass celebrated in a parking lot, amidst an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Chia, Colombia August 23, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/COLOMBIA-CHURCH
RTX7RC2K
August 23, 2020
A priest wearing a face mask is projected on a giant screen while he leads a drive-in mass celebrated...
Chia, Colombia
A priest wearing a face mask is projected on a giant screen while he leads a drive-in mass celebrated...
A priest wearing a face mask is projected on a giant screen while he leads a drive-in mass celebrated in a parking lot, amidst an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Chia, Colombia August 23, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/COLOMBIA-CHURCH
RTX7RC21
August 23, 2020
A priest leads a drive-in mass celebrated in a parking lot, amidst an outbreak of the coronavirus disease...
Chia, Colombia
A priest leads a drive-in mass celebrated in a parking lot, amidst an outbreak of the coronavirus disease...
A priest leads a drive-in mass celebrated in a parking lot, amidst an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Chia, Colombia August 23, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/INDIA-CASES
RTX7QWL0
August 21, 2020
A Hindu priest wearing a protective face mask conducts a puja in front of idols of Hindu God Ganesh,...
Mumbai, India
A Hindu priest wearing a protective face mask conducts a puja in front of idols of Hindu God Ganesh,...
A Hindu priest wearing a protective face mask conducts a puja in front of idols of Hindu God Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, before they can be taken home ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India August 21, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/BOLIVIA
RTX7QDWA
August 18, 2020
A priest stands next to graves, amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Mercedario...
El Alto, Bolivia
Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in El Alto
A priest stands next to graves, amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Mercedario cemetery, in El Alto, on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia August 18, 2020. REUTERS/David Mercado
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTX7PURC
August 16, 2020
A man walks past a wall of a Parsi fire temple featuring carvings of ancient priests on the occasion...
Mumbai, India
Parsi New Year in Mumbai
A man walks past a wall of a Parsi fire temple featuring carvings of ancient priests on the occasion of the Parsi New Year in Mumbai, India, August 16, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/MEXICO
RTX7PUGP
August 16, 2020
Family and friends of Jesus maintain a social distance as they attend a virtual service led by a priest...
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Chihuahua
Family and friends of Jesus maintain a social distance as they attend a virtual service led by a priest from a church and observed through a screen during his funeral at a local funeral home, as a measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico August 15, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/MEXICO
RTX7PUGN
August 16, 2020
Family and friends of Jesus maintain a social distance as they attend a virtual service led by a priest...
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Chihuahua
Family and friends of Jesus maintain a social distance as they attend a virtual service led by a priest from a church and observed through a screen during his funeral at a local funeral home, as a measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico August 15, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/MEXICO
RTX7PUGO
August 16, 2020
A coffin containing the body of Jesus is pictured during his funeral as a person attends a virtual service...
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Chihuahua
A coffin containing the body of Jesus is pictured during his funeral as a person attends a virtual service led by a priest from a church and observed through a screen at a local funeral home, as a measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico August 15, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/MEXICO
RTX7PUGI
August 16, 2020
Family and friends of Jesus maintain a social distance as they attend a virtual service led by a priest...
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Chihuahua
Family and friends of Jesus maintain a social distance as they attend a virtual service led by a priest from a church and observed through a screen during his funeral at a local funeral home, as a measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico August 15, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/MEXICO
RTX7PUG8
August 16, 2020
Family and friends of Jesus maintain a social distance as they attend a virtual service led by a priest...
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Chihuahua
Family and friends of Jesus maintain a social distance as they attend a virtual service led by a priest from a church and observed through a screen during his funeral at a local funeral home, as a measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico August 15, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
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