France plans broader dialogue with its large Muslim minority

February 25, 2015
(A mosque is seen near council housing blocks in Aulnay-Sous-Bois, near Paris, January 22, 2015. Soul-searching in France in the weeks since Islamist gunmen killed 17 people has centred on battling radical Islam and reinforcing the country's secular tradition. In the "cit?s", housing estates like those in which the gunmen grew up, this seems to many like seeking a scapegoat for decades of neglect. Picture taken January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

(A mosque near council housing blocks in Aulnay-Sous-Bois, near Paris, January 22, 2015.  REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

German Catholic archdiocese reveals it’s richer than Vatican

February 19, 2015
(ILE PHOTO FROM 13JULY94 - A fork of lightning strikes the Wallraff-Richartz-Museum near Cologne cathedral. Cologne will celebrate the 750th anniversary of the cathedral on August 15. AKW)

(Lightning strikes the Wallraff-Richartz-Museum next to Cologne cathedral on 13 July 1994/Reuters. 
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French Jews considering move to Israel worry about a harder life there

January 14, 2015
(Mourners hold placards at a cemetery during the joint funeral of Yohan Cohen, Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham and Francois-Michel Saada, victims of Friday's attack on a Paris grocery, in Jerusalem January 13, 2015. Four French Jews killed in the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris were buried in Jerusalem on Tuesday before thousands of French and Israeli mourners, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying they had been returned to their "true home".REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

(Mourners hold placards at a cemetery during the joint funeral of Yohan Cohen, Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham and Francois-Michel Saada, victims of Friday’s attack on a Paris grocery, in Jerusalem January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Charlie Hebdo to publish Mohammad cartoon on front page

January 13, 2015
(Satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo new editor in chief Gerard Briard (L) and columnist Patrick Pelloux comfort cartoonist Luz (C) during a news conference at the French newspaper Liberation offices in Paris, January 13, 2015. Charlie Hebdo will publish the front page showing a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad holding a sign saying "Je suis Charlie" in its first edition since Islamist gunmen attacked the satirical newspaper. With demand surging for the edition due on Wednesday, the weekly planned to print up to 3 million copies and in sixteen languages, dwarfing its usual run of 60,000, after newsagents reported that large numbers of customers around the country were placing orders. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)

(Satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo new editor in chief Gerard Briard (L) and columnist Patrick Pelloux comfort cartoonist Luz (C) during a news conference at the French newspaper Liberation offices in Paris, January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)

Jewish Agency expects far more French Jews to move to Israel

January 11, 2015
(Men hang an Israeli flag on a tree before a rally in Tel Aviv, January 11, 2015, in tribute to this week's victims following the shootings by gunmen at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the killing of a police woman in Montrouge, and the hostage taking at a kosher supermarket at the Porte de Vincennes. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coupled a show of solidarity with France on Sunday with a reminder to shaken French Jews that Israel is keen to welcome them as immigrants. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

(Men hang an Israeli flag on a tree before a rally in Tel Aviv, January 11, 2015, saying “I am Charlie – kosher too”.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Paris makes Charlie Hebdo ‘honorary citizen’ as support and subscriptions pour in

January 9, 2015
(Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo poses near a banner which reads "Charlie Hebdo, Honorary citizen of Paris" displayed in front of the Paris City Hall January 9, 2015 after Wednesday's deadly attack at the Paris offices of weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo by two masked gunmen who shouted Islamist slogans. The two main suspects in the Charlie Hebdo killings were sighted on Friday in the northern French town of Dammartin-en-Goele where at least one person had been taken hostage, a police source said.   REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen)

(Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo poses near a banner which reads “Charlie Hebdo, Honorary citizen of Paris” displayed in front of the Paris City Hall January 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen)

Attacked satirical French weekly to print a million copies next week

January 8, 2015
(A man holds a placard which reads "I am Charlie" to pay tribute during a gathering at the Place de la Republique in Paris January 7, 2015, following a shooting by gunmen at the offices of the magazine. Gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, renowned for lampooning radical Islam, killing at least 12 people, including two police officers in the worst militant attack on French soil in recent decades. The French President headed to the scene of the attack and the government said it was raising France's security level to the highest notch. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

(A man holds a placard which reads “I am Charlie” to pay tribute during a gathering at the Place de la Republique in Paris January 7, 2015, following a shooting by gunmen at the offices of the magazine. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

Book Talk: Great Reformer biography links Pope Francis to Argentine roots

January 8, 2015
(Pope Francis holds a baby during his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(Pope Francis holds a baby during his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Radical Islam a growing threat to sub-Saharan Christians – report

January 7, 2015
(People pray near the graves of victims of a suicide bomb attack during a memorial service at St. Theresa's Church in Madalla, on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital Abuja, December 23, 2012. Boko Haram has killed hundreds in its campaign to impose sharia law in northern Nigeria and is the biggest threat to stability in Africa's top oil exporter.This Christmas, the police and military are expecting more trouble in the north. They've ordered security to be tightened, people's movement restricted and churches to be guarded.But such is the commitment to religion in a country with Africa's largest Christian population that millions of people will pack out thousands of churches in the coming days. It is impossible to protect everyone, security experts say. Picture taken December 23, 2012. To match story NIGERIA-CHRISTMAS/ REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

(People pray near the graves of victims of a suicide bomb attack during a memorial service at St. Theresa’s Church in Madalla, on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital Abuja, December 23, 2012. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

Attacked French weekly Charlie Hebdo often lambasted religion, especially radical Islam

January 7, 2015
(A member of the media makes images of the front page of Charlie Hebdo which shows a caricature of French author Michel Houellebecq near the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, after a shooting January 7, 2015. Twelve people including two police officers were killed in a shooting at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, a police spokesman said in an update on the death toll. The French president described the shooting as without doubt a terrorist attack. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen)

(A cameraman shows the front page of Charlie Hebdo which shows a caricature of French author Michel Houellebecq, author of a new book about a fictional Muslim takeover of France, near the weekly’s Paris offices after a shooting January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen)