Pope Francis extends his agenda of change to Vatican diplomacy

May 17, 2015
(Pope Francis (R) embraces Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the end of the ceremony for the canonisation of four nuns at Saint Peter's square in the Vatican City, May 17, 2015. The four nuns being canonised include two Palestininan nuns, Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, founder of the first Catholic congregation in Palestine, and Mariam Baouardy Haddad, who established a Carmelite convent in Bethlehem. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis (R) embraces Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the end of the ceremony for the canonisation of four nuns at Saint Peter’s square in the Vatican City, May 17, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Militant Pakistani Sunnis kill 43 Ismaili Muslims in bus attack in Karachi

By Reuters Staff
May 14, 2015
(Ambulances carry the bodies of the victims of Wednesday's attack on a bus to a graveyard for burial in Karachi, Pakistan, May 14, 2015. Gunmen on motorcycles boarded a bus and opened fire on commuters in Pakistan's volatile southern city of Karachi on Wednesday, killing at least 43, police said, and militants affiliated with Islamic State claimed responsibility. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)

(Ambulances carry the bodies of the victims of Wednesday’s attack on a bus to a graveyard for burial in Karachi, Pakistan, May 14, 2015. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)

Exclusive: Widow of slain U.S.-Bangladeshi blogger lashes out at Dhaka

By Reuters Staff
May 13, 2015
(Rafida Ahmed, who is recovering from injuries including the loss of her thumb suffered during a hacking attack by jihadi assailants, speaks during an interview with Reuters near Washington April 23, 2015. Ahmed's husband, Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, was killed in the February attack in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka. Picture taken April 23, 2015. To match Exclusive USA-BANGLADESH/ASSASSINATION REUTERS/Stringer )

(Rafida Ahmed, who is recovering from injuries including the loss of her thumb suffered during a hacking attack by jihadi assailants, speaks during an interview with Reuters near Washington April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer )

Secularist blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh, third victim this year

By Reuters Staff
May 12, 2015
(Evening at Buriganga river, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

(Evening in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 6 October 2012/Hasan Raihan)

A blogger was hacked to death by machete-wielding attackers in Bangladesh on Tuesday, the third killing of a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority nation in less than three months.

Banned Muslim Brotherhood members trickle home to Syria

By Reuters Staff
May 12, 2015
(Mohamed Walid, head of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Istanbul, Turkey May 5, 2015. Hundreds of members of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood have returned from exile, hoping to rebuild a movement which was crushed decades ago at home and is deemed a terrorist organisation by leading Arab states. To match Interview SYRIA-CRISIS/BROTHERHOOD Picture taken May 5, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal)

(Mohamed Walid, head of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Istanbul, Turkey May 5, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal)

Saudi’s Alkhabeer Capital targets Islamic “awqaf” endowment business

By Reuters Staff
May 12, 2015
(A partial solar eclipse in seen above a mosque in Oxford, central England March 20, 2015. A solar eclipse swept across the Atlantic Ocean on Friday with the moon blocking out the sun for a few thousand sky gazers on remote islands with millions more in Europe, Africa and Asia getting a partial celestial show.. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh)

(A partial solar eclipse in seen above a mosque in Oxford, central England March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh)

Raul Castro meets Pope Francis, says he might return to Catholic Church

May 11, 2015
(Pope Francis (R) meets Cuban President Raul Castro during a private audience at the Vatican May 10, 2015. Pope Francis, who helped broker a historic thaw between the United States and Cuba, held talks with Cuban President Raul Castro on Sunday ahead of the pontiff's trip to both countries in September. REUTERS/Gregorio Borgia)

(Pope Francis (R) meets Cuban President Raul Castro during a private audience at the Vatican May 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Gregorio Borgia)

Afghan judge sentences four to death for mob killing of woman accused of burning Koran

By Reuters Staff
May 6, 2015
(Afghan artists perform a re-enactment of the lynching of Farkhunda, a 27-year old woman, to protest against her killing in Kabul, April 27, 2015. Farkhunda, who was killed by an angry mob in front of police in the Afghan capital in March for allegedly burning a copy of Islam's holy book was wrongly accused, Afghanistan's top criminal investigator said on March 22. The killing has fuelled anger about the weak rule of law and corruption that is crippling the country's instutitions. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

(Afghan artists perform a re-enactment of the lynching of Farkhunda, a 27-year old woman, to protest against her killing in Kabul, April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

Christian sect killings in Angola shrouded in fear and mystery

By Reuters Staff
May 6, 2015
(Sect leader Jose Kalupeteka is escorted by police in Huambo, Angola, in this picture taken May 5, 2015. The details of a police raid on April 16 in the remote hills of central Huambo province have been fiercely contested, sharpening the divide between the ruling MPLA and the main opposition party UNITA, who fought on opposing sides in a 27-year civil war that ended in 2002. The Angolan police said 13 "snipers" from "The Light of the World" were killed during a raid targeted at capturing Kalupeteka, a popular anti-authority preacher who says the world will end on Dec. 31. REUTERS/Herculano Coroado)

(Sect leader Jose Kalupeteka is escorted by police in Huambo, Angola, in this picture taken May 5, 2015. REUTERS/Herculano Coroado)

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.