German Catholic Church opens labour law more to divorced and gays

May 6, 2015
(CURA Catholic hospital in Bad Honnef, Germany, February 2014/Leit)

(CURA Catholic hospital in Bad Honnef, Germany, February 2014/Leit)

Germany’s Roman Catholic Church, an influential voice for reforms prompted by Pope Francis, has decided lay Catholic employees who divorce and remarry or form gay civil unions should no longer automatically lose their jobs.

China protests against U.S. report citing “severe violations” of religious freedom

May 5, 2015
(Chinese police usher people onto a bus at the site of a planned outdoor service by the Shouwang Church at the Zhongguancun commercial district in Beijing in this still image from April 10, 2011 video. Hundreds of Chinese police scrambled to prevent a planned outdoor service by the "homeless" church on Sunday, shoving people into vans and buses in the latest show of the Communist Party's determination to smother dissent and protests. The Shouwang Church, a Protestant group with about 1,000 members, had urged members to gather for the outdoor service after they said official pressure forced the church out of a place of worship it had been renting. REUTERS/Reuters TV)

(Chinese police usher people onto a bus at the site of a planned outdoor service by the Shouwang Church at the Zhongguancun commercial district in Beijing in this still image from April 10, 2011 video. Hundreds of Chinese police scrambled to prevent a planned outdoor service by the “homeless” church. REUTERS/Reuters TV)

Book Talk – The link between corruption and violent religious extremism

March 27, 2015
(Opium farmers watch from the sidelines as officials nearby plan to tear through their poppy fields in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on April 10, 2004. Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently called for a holy war against drugs in Afghanistan, which is responsible for more than 75 percent of the world's heroin. REUTERS/Adrees Latif AL/CP)

(Farmers at their opium poppy fields near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on April 10, 2004. REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

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. 
AKW)

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)