Shimon Peres floats idea of U.N.-style “United Religions” with Pope Francis

September 5, 2014
(Pope Francis and Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) arrive in the Vatican Gardens to pray with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) at the Vatican June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

(Pope Francis and Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) arrive in the Vatican Gardens to pray with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) at the Vatican June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Islamic finance seeks to go green with environment-based products

By Reuters Staff
September 2, 2014
(A partial solar eclipse is seen through a crescent of Faisal Mosque in Islamabad March 29, 2006. The track of the eclipse stretches from eastern Brazil, across the Atlantic to north Africa, then on to the Middle East, Central Asia, west China and Mongolia. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed)

(A partial solar eclipse is seen through a crescent of Faisal Mosque in Islamabad March 29, 2006. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed)

Kaleidoscope of flags marks Belfast’s sectarian fault lines

September 2, 2014
(The national flag of Scotland (C) flies amongst other flags in a street in East Belfast July 5, 2014. Horrified that Scotland might break up the United Kingdom by voting for independence this autumn, thousands of Northern Ireland loyalists are preparing to fight back using their favoured 17th century battle regalia: drums, flutes, banners and orange sashes. Photograph taken on July 5. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

(The national flag of Scotland (C) flies amongst other flags in a street in East Belfast July 5, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

Diego Maradona steals show from fellow Argentine Pope Francis

September 2, 2014
(Former soccer star Diego Maradona (L) hugs Pope Francis during a special audience held before a special interreligious "Match for Peace", at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican September 1, 2014. Current and former soccer stars representing various religious faiths will participate in the "Match for Peace", which will be held in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Monday night. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

(Former soccer star Diego Maradona (L) hugs Pope Francis during a special audience held before a special interreligious “Match for Peace”, at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

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Reema Abbasi and a glimpse of Pakistan’s Hindu past

September 1, 2014

“Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience” is a book-length attempt to record in pictures the history of an Islamic country’s Hindu past, especially as extremist activity mounts against Pakistan's religious and ethnic minorities, including Ahmadis, Christians, Sikhs and Shia Muslims.

Islamic State’s appeal presents Jordan with new test

By Reuters Staff
August 29, 2014
(A militant Islamist fighter uses a mobile to film his fellow fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. The fighters held the parade to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said. Picture taken June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

(A militant Islamist fighter uses a mobile to film his fellow fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

Ultra-orthodox Jews forced from Guatemala village after local opposition

By Reuters Staff
August 29, 2014
(A young member of a Jewish community looks back while walking towards a bus as he and fellow members prepare to leave the village of San Juan La Laguna August 29, 2014. A few months after moving from Canada to a remote part of Guatemala to find religious freedom, a group of ultra orthodox Jews have been forced out of their homes in a bitter conflict with hostile villagers. The Lev Tahor community packed its bags on Friday in San Juan la Laguna around 150 km (93 miles) west of Guatemala City, to board buses bound for the capital after weeks of friction with sections of the local population. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez)

(A young member of a Jewish community looks back while walking towards a bus as he and fellow members prepare to leave the village of San Juan La Laguna August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez)

Capital gains mean church losses in new German tax twist

August 29, 2014
(The Cologne cathedral is pictured October 16, 2005. WORLD CUP 2006 PREVIEW CITYSCAPE REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/)

(The Cologne cathedral,  October 16, 2005. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/)

A change in Germany’s capital gains tax has prompted an exodus from its Catholic and Protestant churches this year as thousands of registered members quit their parishes rather than pay the money.

One Iraq villager’s refusal to convert triggered Islamic State mass killings

By Reuters Staff
August 25, 2014
(A refugee woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, sits with a child inside a tent at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria August 17, 2014. Proclaiming a caliphate straddling parts of Iraq and Syria, Islamic State militants have swept across northern Iraq, pushing back Kurdish regional forces and driving tens of thousands of Christians and members of the Yazidi religious minority from their homes. Picture taken August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said )

(A refugee woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, sits with a child inside a tent at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said)

Violence, threats, prompt more Muslim women in Britain to wear a veil

August 25, 2014
(Yasmin (L), 16, pushes Hana (C), 16, on a swing after finishing a GCSE exam near their school in Hackney, east London June 6, 2013. Hana started wearing her headscarf full time aged 12. She was already wearing it at school and her family supported her so it was easy for her to make the decision. She says if felt like nothing had changed except her relationship with God. Reuters photographer Olivia Harris took portraits of a range of Muslim women in Britain and asked them why they chose to wear a hijab or veil. Picture taken June 6, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris)

(Yasmin (L), 16, pushes Hana (C), 16, on a swing after finishing a GCSE exam near their school in Hackney, east London June 6, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris)