In some U.S. churches, guns are the answer to a prayer

By Reuters Staff
July 2, 2015
(A police officer checks the purse of a parishioner as she arrives for the morning service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston June 21, 2015. Hundreds of people flocked to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on Sunday as it reopened its doors to worshipers just days after a gunman shot dead nine black church members. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

(A police officer checks the purse of a parishioner as she arrives for the morning service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

Erdogan and secularists eye once-unthinkable grand coalition in Turkey

By Reuters Staff
July 2, 2015
(Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses the media as he sits in front of a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of secular Turkey, at Esenboga Airport in Ankara November 21, 2013. A feud between Erdogan and an influential Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen, has spilled into the open months ahead of elections, highlighting fractures in the religiously conservative support base underpinning his decade in power. REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

(Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses the media as he sits in front of a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of secular Turkey, at Esenboga Airport in Ankara November 21, 2013. REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

In turf war with Taliban in Afghanistan, Islamic State loyalists gain ground

By Reuters Staff
July 2, 2015
(The rising sun lights smoke in the air as a man crosses the street near Forward Operating Base Fenty in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

(The rising sun lights smoke in the air as a man crosses the street near Forward Operating Base Fenty in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Inter-religious march in Rome demands action on climate change

By Reuters Staff
July 2, 2015
(Multi-faith people march to the Vatican in support of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment during a Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican June 28, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Multi-faith people march to the Vatican in support of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment during a Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican June 28, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Will Pope Francis chew coca leaves in Bolivia? ‘Wait and see,’ Vatican says

By Reuters Staff
July 2, 2015
(Pedestrians walk at San Francisco square where an image of Pope Francis is displayed in La Paz June 30, 2015. Pope Francis will decide for himself if he chews coca leaves in order to ward off altitude sickness when he lands next week at La Paz, Bolivia, the highest international airport in the world, the Vatican said on Tuesday. REUTERS/David Mercado)

(Pedestrians walk at San Francisco square where an image of Pope Francis is displayed in La Paz June 30, 2015. REUTERS/David Mercado)

U.S. Episcopalians vote to let gay couples wed in churches

By Reuters Staff
July 2, 2015
(Approximately 60 Episcopal bishops prepare to lead hundreds of marchers through the streets to protest against gun violence as part of their convention in Salt Lake City, Utah June 28, 2015. The march was part of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, which is held every three years in different cities around the country. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart)

(Approximately 60 Episcopal bishops prepare to lead hundreds of marchers through the streets to protest against gun violence as part of their convention in Salt Lake City, Utah June 28, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart)

Mormon leaders reaffirm faith’s exclusive commitment to heterosexual marriage

By Reuters Staff
July 2, 2015
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormon temple is seen with a brown lawn, which church officials have not watered because of the drought, in Los Angeles, California, United States May 11, 2015. California water regulators last week adopted the state's first rules for mandatory cutbacks in urban water use as the region's catastrophic drought enters its fourth year. Urban users will be hardest hit, even though they account for only 20 percent of state water consumption, while the state's massive agricultural sector, which the Public Policy Institute of California says uses 80 percent of human-related consumption, has been exempted. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormon temple is seen with a brown lawn, which church officials have not watered because of the drought, in Los Angeles, California, United States May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Bookkeeper of Auschwitz says he can only ask God for forgiveness

By Reuters Staff
July 2, 2015
(Defendant and former Nazi SS officer Oskar Groening, dubbed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", sits in the courtroom ahead of his trial in the 'Ritterakademie' venue in Lueneburg, Germany, July 1, 2015. Groening is accused by prosecutors of being an accessory in the murder of 300,000 people, even though he was not involved in any actual killing at the notorious Nazi death camp. REUTERS/Ronny Hartmann/Pool)

(Defendant and former Nazi SS officer Oskar Groening, dubbed the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, sits in the courtroom ahead of his trial in the ‘Ritterakademie’ venue in Lueneburg, Germany, July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Ronny Hartmann)

Keep human dignity at center of solution to Greek crisis, Pope Francis urges leaders

July 2, 2015
(Pope Francis waves as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Pope Francis waves as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

from The Great Debate:

Why Egypt’s crackdown on Islamists will lead to bloodshed

By Mohamad Bazzi
July 1, 2015

A woman burns a portrait of ousted President Mohamed Mursi at the funeral of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat, on the second anniversary of the June 30 protests, in Cairo

A woman burns a portrait of ousted President Mohamed Mursi at the funeral of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat, on the second anniversary of the June 30 protests, in Cairo, Egypt, June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany