Church of England accused of double standards over low wages

By Reuters Staff
February 23, 2015
(The first female bishop in the Church of England Libby Lane bows to her fellow bishops following her consecration service at York Minster in York, northern England January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble)

(The first female bishop in the Church of England Libby Lane bows to her fellow bishops following her consecration service at York Minster in York, northern England January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble)

Norway’s Muslims form protective human ring around synagogue

February 23, 2015
(Muslims join hands to form a human shield as they stand outside a synagogue in Oslo February 21, 2015. More than 1000 Muslims formed a human shield, dubbed a ring of peace, around Oslo's synagogue on Saturday, offering symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighbouring Denmark last weekend. REUTERS/Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix)

(Muslims join hands to form a human shield as they stand outside a synagogue in Oslo February 21, 2015. REUTERS/Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix)

Pope to mafiosi: repent and Catholic Church will welcome you back

February 23, 2015
(Pope Francis is seen through the window of a bus as he departs for the village of Ariccia at the Vatican February 22, 2015. Pope Francis is leading members of the Roman Curia on a five-day Lenten spiritual retreat in Ariccia, near Rome. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(Pope Francis is seen through the window of a bus as he departs for the village of Ariccia at the Vatican February 22, 2015. Pope Francis is leading members of the Roman Curia on a five-day Lenten spiritual retreat in Ariccia, near Rome. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

India’s Modi seeks humble, tolerant new image after poll rout

By Reuters Staff
February 20, 2015
(India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends an event organised by the Christian community to celebrate the beatification of two Indians by Pope Francis late last year, in New Delhi February 17, 2015. Modi vowed on Tuesday to protect all religious groups, an apparent response to a series of attacks on Christian institutions in New Delhi fuelling concerns that minorities are being targeted by Hindu zealots. REUTERS/Stringer)

(India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends an event organised by the Christian community to celebrate the beatification of two Indians by Pope Francis late last year, in New Delhi February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer)

Obama rejects as ‘ugly lie’ notion that West at war with Islam

By Reuters Staff
February 20, 2015
(U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department in Washington February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

(U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department in Washington February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

A trench in Iraq exacerbates Sunni fears of sectarian partition

By Reuters Staff
February 19, 2015
(An aerial view shows the Shrines of Imam al-Abbas and Imam al-Hussein during the commemoration of Arbain in Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad December 13, 2014. Iraqi officials say millions of Shi'ite pilgrims from across Iraq and neighbouring countries are expected in Kerbala for Saturday's Arbain ritual, which marks the last of 40 days of mourning for the death of Imam Hussein that happened around 1,300 years ago. REUTERS/Abdul-Zahra)

(An aerial view shows the Shrines of Imam al-Abbas and Imam al-Hussein during the commemoration of Arbain in Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Abdul-Zahra)

from India Insight:

Protesters give a goodbye kiss to liberal Bengaluru

By Reuters Staff
February 19, 2015

By Sai Sachin R and Priyanka Shankar

Bengaluru used to have a reputation as India’s air-conditioned city. Temperatures were mild and so were manners. Once considered liberal and tolerant, the city once known as Bangalore is acquiring a reputation of narrow mindedness, say activists who accuse city authorities of “moral policing,” even over something as universally human as a kiss.

Thai health ministry incensed over Chinese New Year joss sticks

By Reuters Staff
February 19, 2015
(A man prays for good fortune while holding incense on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Petak Sembilan Temple, in Jakarta January 31, 2014. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year, which welcomes the year of the horse, falls on January 31. REUTERS/Beawiharta)

(A man prays for good fortune while holding incense joss sticks on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Petak Sembilan Temple, in Jakarta, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta)

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)

Gay Catholic group gets VIP treatment at Vatican for first time

February 18, 2015
(Sister Jeannine Gramick and Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry, which ministers to homosexual Catholics and promotes gay rights, pose in front of St. Peter's Square after Pope Francis' weekly audience, February 18, 2015. The prominent American Catholic gay rights group was given VIP treatment for the first time at an audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday, a move members saw as a sign of change in the Roman Catholic Church. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

(Sister Jeannine Gramick and Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry, which ministers to homosexual Catholics and promotes gay rights, pose in front of St. Peter’s Square after Pope Francis’ weekly audience, February 18, 2015. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)