Around 400 took part in St. Anthony Mary Claret Catholic Church’s Stations of the Cross procession, over several blocks surrounding the church, depicting Christ’s last moments, of carrying the cross to his crucifixion.
Wasan Abu-Baker, a staff member with Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries, herself an immigrant years ago from Palestine, talks about giving needed support to recent Syrian refugees, such as Iman Akroum.
Central San Joaquin Valley residents flocked to Christmas Eve church services. Some attending a candlelight service at Peoples Church on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Fresno talk about their reasons for being there.
Sheila Earl talks about the couple she and her husband, Arville Earl, met when they did missionary work in Kosovo in the 1990s. She is entering a watercolor of an elderly couple she met there in the Ramadan Art Contest sponsored by the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno.
Congregants lit menorahs in celebration of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, at Temple Beth Israel in northwest Fresno on Friday. The candelabras are lit during the eight-day holiday, which celebrates the Maccabees’ victory over the Syrians in the second century B.C.
Raj Singh Badhesha, a legal advisory board member with the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education organization, talks about how social media and resolutions like the one adopted in Kerman this week can help spread information about human rights abuses in Punjab despite media blackouts.