Pope Francis ends Africa tour with mosque visit in besieged Muslim enclave

November 30, 2015
Pope Francis (centre, R) attends next to Tidiani Moussa Naibi Imam (centre, L) of the Koudoukou Mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini - RTX1WGN8

(Pope Francis (centre, R) attends next to Tidiani Moussa Naibi Imam (centre, L) of the Koudoukou Mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Man scales Rome’s Colosseum to protest against city’s Holy Year crackdown

By Reuters Staff
November 30, 2015
A man stands after he climbed onto an outside ledge of Rome's Colosseum during a protest at a new decree restricting sightseeing tours, rickshaw rides and centurion impersonators as part of a public order crackdown in Rome, Italy November 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi - RTX1W4I3

(A man stands on an outside ledge of Rome’s Colosseum during a protest at a public order crackdown in Rome, Italy November 27, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

France calls for an “enlightened Islam” to counter jihadist ideology

November 30, 2015
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve attend a debate at the National Assembly in Paris, France, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

(French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuvu (R) and Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) attend a debate at the National Assembly in Paris, France, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

from The Great Debate:

Syria, Yemen, Libya — one factor unites these failed states, and it isn’t religion

By Jack Goldstone
November 30, 2015

Sheikh Ghazi Rashad Hrimis touches dried earth in the parched region of Raqqa province in eastern Syria, November 11, 2010. Lack of rain and mismanagement of the land and water resources have forced up to half of million people to flee the region in one of Syria's largest internal migrations since France and Britain carved the country out of the former Ottoman Empire in 1920.     REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA - Tags: AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENT) - RTXUR9R

Sheikh Ghazi Rashad Hrimis touches dried earth in the parched region of Raqqa province in eastern Syria, November 11, 2010. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

from The Great Debate:

The scariest thing about Islamic State? Its kinder, gentler side.

By Jacqueline Lopour
November 27, 2015

A member of al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant watches men in a "tug of war" contest during an Islamic quiz and games contest in a public square in Raqqa, September 25, 2013. Picture taken September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer  (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT RELIGION SOCIETY) - RTX14110

A member of al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant watches men in a "tug of war" contest during an Islamic quiz and games contest in a public square in Raqqa, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

After uproar, German town warms to refugees who took over Protestant church

By Reuters Staff
November 26, 2015
Beds for migrants, separated by impromptu partition screens, are set up inside a Protestant church in Oberhausen, Germany, October 30, 2015.   REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

(Beds for migrants, separated by impromptu partition screens, are set up inside a Protestant church in Oberhausen, Germany, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

Hope, but few illusions, as Pope Francis heads to Central African Republic

By Reuters Staff
November 26, 2015
People are pictured in a camp for internally displaced persons on the grounds of the Saint Sauveur church in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 25, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola - RTX1VTOD

(People in a camp for internally displaced persons on the grounds of the Saint Sauveur church in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 25, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola)

Witch-burning rebels stoke Central African Republic violence

By Reuters Staff
November 26, 2015
An anti-Balaka soldier holds a handmade gun as former child soldiers wait to be released in Bambari, Central African Republic, May 14, 2015. Armed groups in Central African Republic released over 350 enslaved children on Thursday as part of a United Nations-brokered deal as the country turns to healing after two years of conflict. Picture taken May 14, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun - RTX1D2AQ

(An anti-Balaka soldier holds a handmade gun as former child soldiers wait to be released in Bambari, Central African Republic, May 14, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun)

Pope Francis in Africa says dialogue vital to avert violence in God’s name

November 26, 2015
Pope Francis attends a meeting with inter-religious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi, Kenya, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro/pool

(Pope Francis attends a meeting with inter-religious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi, Kenya, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro/pool)

Pope Francis offers a lesson in humility to flashy African leaders

November 26, 2015
A woman is assisted after she got injured while pushing for space to attend the mass by Pope Francis in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya - RTX1VVTY

(A woman is assisted after she got injured while pushing for space to attend the mass by Pope Francis in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)