Divorce Italian style becomes easier as Catholic Church influence further wanes

By Reuters Staff
April 24, 2015
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(Marcello Mastroianni in “Divorce Italian Style”)

Italy has slashed the time it takes to get a divorce to six months from three years in the latest sign of the Catholic Church’s waning influence over life and politics here.

Hit by Hindu nationalist beef ban, Muslim butchers in India eye Jersey cows

By Reuters Staff
April 24, 2015
(Workers walk through a shed past empty meat hooks during a strike against a ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks at an abattoir in Mumbai March 23, 2015. A renewed thrust by Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to protect cows, worshipped by majority Hindus, has closed abbatoirs in Maharashtra, making it hard for farmers to sell their animals, and restrictions are spreading to other states. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

(Workers walk through a shed past empty meat hooks during a strike against a ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks at an abattoir in Mumbai March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

Malaysia orders probe after protest forces church to take down cross

By Reuters Staff
April 24, 2015
(Burn marks are seen on the wall of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Petaling Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur January 9, 2010. Arsonists in Malaysia struck a fourth church on Saturday as the government tried to soothe tensions arising from a row over the use of the word "Allah" to refer to the Christian God. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad)

(Burn marks are seen on the wall of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Petaling Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur January 9, 2010. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad)

‘Among the Believers’ probes ideological rift behind Pakistan violence

By Reuters Staff
April 24, 2015
(Lal Misjid or Red Mosque security personnel join hands as people leave the Mosque after prayers in Islamabad October 3, 2007. Pakistani authorities opened the mosque in the capital, Islamabad, on Wednesday nearly three months after more than 100 people were killed when commandos stormed the compound to end a siege by Islamist gunmen. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed)

(Lal Misjid or Red Mosque security personnel join hands as people leave the Mosque after prayers in Islamabad October 3, 2007. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed)

New York transit agency may change rule to block ‘Killing Jews’ ad

By Reuters Staff
April 24, 2015
(Commuters walk by an advertisement that reads "Support Israel/Defeat Jihad" in the Times Square subway station in New York, September 24, 2012. The ad equating Islamic jihad with savagery was posted Monday in 10 New York City subway stations, even as much of the Muslim world was still seething over a California-made movie ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad. The ad, sponsored by the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative, appeared after the Metropolitan Transit Authority lost a bid to refuse to post it on the grounds that it violated the agency's policy against demeaning language. In July, a federal judge ruled it was protected speech and ordered the MTA to place the posters. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid)

(Commuters walk by an advertisement that reads “Support Israel/Defeat Jihad” in the Times Square subway station in New York, September 24, 2012. The ad equating Islamic jihad with savagery was posted Monday in 10 New York City subway stations, even as much of the Muslim world was still seething over a California-made movie ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid)

Palestinian teen’s name added to Israeli memorial, riling families on both sides

April 24, 2015
(Family members of civilian victims during the second Intifada point at names of their loved ones displayed on plaques on the wall of the "Victims of Terror" memorial on Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem April 15, 2013. The second Intifada broke out in 2000 after the failure of talks on a final peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Over the following seven years, more than 1,000 Israelis died, half of them in suicide attacks mostly against civilians, and more than 4,500 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces. REUTERS/ Jim Hollander)

(Family members of civilian victims during the second Intifada point at names of their loved ones displayed on plaques on the wall of the “Victims of Terror” memorial on Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem April 15, 2013. REUTERS/ Jim Hollander)

Turkey’s top cleric calls Pope Francis “immoral” for Armenia genocide comments

By Reuters Staff
April 24, 2015
(Pope Francis holds hands with Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate as they leave together after a meeting in Ankara November 28, 2014. Pope Francis begins a visit to Turkey with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders while condemning violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. REUTERS/Tony Gentile )

(Pope Francis holds hands with Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate as they leave together after a meeting in Ankara November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile )

U.S. Catholic bishop in child pornography case resigns

April 23, 2015
(Clouds hang over Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican March 11, 2013. Roman Catholic Cardinals will begin their conclave inside the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to elect a new pope. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Clouds hang over Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 11, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

After attack and backlash, Kenya faces battle to win over Muslims

By Reuters Staff
April 13, 2015
(Muslims leave Jamia Mosque after performing Friday prayers during the holy month of Ramadan in Kenya's capital Nairobi July 27, 2012. REUTERS/Noor Khamis)

(Muslims leave Jamia Mosque after performing Friday prayers during the holy month of Ramadan in Kenya’s capital Nairobi July 27, 2012. REUTERS/Noor Khamis)

Greek Orthodox Church offers up property to help Athens raise funds for debt

By Reuters Staff
April 13, 2015
(A Greek Orthodox priest waits outside Athens' Metropolitan Church during elections for a new Archbishop February 7, 2008. Greece's Orthodox Church elected on Thursday a moderate and popular bishop, Metropolitan of Thebes Hieronymos, as its new head. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis)

(A Greek Orthodox priest waits outside Athens’ Metropolitan Church during elections for a new Archbishop February 7, 2008. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis)